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Fletcher in Henderson County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

James Whitcomb Riley

"The Hoosier Poet"

 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 17, 2008
1. James Whitcomb Riley Marker
Inscription.  
In Loving Memory
James Whitcomb Riley
"The Hoosier Poet"

Born in Greenfield Indiana October 7, 1853
Died in Indianapolis, Indiana, July 22, 1916
A friend of "Bill Nye"
A visitor at "Buck Shoals" on the French Broad River near this Church

 
Erected 1937 by Doctor Joe Shelby Riley, cousin of the Poet.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical date for this entry is July 22, 1861.
 
Location. 35° 26.548′ N, 82° 30.225′ W. Marker is in Fletcher, North Carolina, in Henderson County. Marker is on Old Airport Road (State Highway 1547) east of Henderson Road (U.S. 25), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fletcher NC 28732, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Sydney Porter (here, next to this marker); Francis Scott Key (here, next to this marker); Jefferson Davis (a few steps from this marker); Frances Fisher Tiernan (a few steps from this marker); Sidney Lanier (a few steps from this marker);
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 17, 2008
2. James Whitcomb Riley Marker
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Stephen Collins Foster (a few steps from this marker); Matthew Fontaine Maury (a few steps from this marker); John Fox, Jr. (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fletcher.
 
Regarding James Whitcomb Riley. The Rev. Clarence Stuart McClellan, of the nearby Calvary Episcopal Church was behind the creation of this set of markers as an "Open Air Westminster Abbey of the South", described in a local newspaper account from another marker dedication ("Forest City Courier (Forest City, NC), September 17, 1931. Memorial To President Davis Dedicated.")
 
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3. James Whitcomb Riley
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 707 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on February 24, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 10, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   3. submitted on April 18, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 21, 2021