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Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Ellington Agricultural Center

Tennessee Agricultural Museum

 
 
Ellington Agricultural Center Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, August 25, 2022
1. Ellington Agricultural Center Marker
Inscription.  During the 1930 collapse of Caldwell's financial empire and subsequent Great Depression, the State of Tennessee lost its sizable financial assets invested in The Bank of Tennessee. The State took legal action to recover these funds and learned that Caldwell had engaged in patterns of misdirection with the bank's capital and jeopardized the State's investment even before the stock market crash. As the situation escalated, Caldwell continued to evade the State and other investors. An extensive, lengthy investigation and later trial resulted in Caldwell's loss of Brentwood Hall to the State.

Agricultural Commissioner, farmer, and later governor (1959-1963 and 1967-1971), Buford Ellington recognized the value in relocating the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to the site. In 1957, he initiated the Department's move to the 207 acres that remained of the original estate. In 1961, the campus was named the Ellington Agricultural Center in his honor.

Many of Caldwell's buildings have transitioned to modern uses. The Brentwood House is now the Moss Administration Building, Former tenant cabins provide historical
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context and support educational events hosted by the Tennessee Agricultural Museum. The barn for Caldwell's racehorses is now the Tennessee Agricultural Museum and the barn for his working horses is the Ed Jones Auditorium.

A building that was once a stable and garage now houses offices for the United States Department of Agriculture.

Photo captions:
Top: Artistic rendering of the Ellington Agricultural Center during its early years. Courtesy of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
Bottom: Buford Ellington, 1967. Courtesy of the Tennessee State Library & Archives

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture.
 
Location. 36° 3.759′ N, 86° 44.808′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker can be reached from Hogan Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 406 Hogan Rd, Nashville TN 37211, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Caring for Historic Cabins (here, next to this marker); The Caldwell Years (a few steps from this marker); Early History (a few steps from this marker); Kitchen Garden History (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Ellington Agricultural Center
Ellington Agricultural Center Marker (on left) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, August 25, 2022
2. Ellington Agricultural Center Marker (on left)
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Crieve Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away); May-Granbery House and Alford Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Travellers' Rest (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
 
Ellington Agricultural Center Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, August 25, 2022
3. Ellington Agricultural Center Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 4, 2022, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. This page has been viewed 144 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 4, 2022, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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