Knoxville in Knox County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
The Baker-Peters-Rogers House
The Baker-Peters-Rogers House is significant for its history and its architecture. The surroundings of the house have changed drastically since its construction c. 1840. The house was the center of an extensive farm in west Knox County. It faced Kingston Pike, the overland route to settlements west of Knoxville, and sat on a much larger tract of land than it presently occupies. As development occurred around the house, its surrounding acreage was sold until, in 1989, only a small portion of the original tract remained. However, the house still faces Kingston Pike, and is located on its original site.
Kingston Pike offered good transportation access to Knoxville and more western settlements. The Baker-Peters-Rogers House follows the location patterns of many of the larger houses of Knox County built before the Civil War, which were located to capture river access or along one of the major roadways. Kingston Pike has continued to provide that accessibility, which has contributed to the desirability of the property for commercial uses. The house has been the site of several restaurants, and its location led Phillips
The Baker-Peters-Rogers House was built as the home of Dr. James Harvey Baker, a prominent local physician. Some accounts of Dr. Baker's activities during the Civil War report him as being aligned with Confederate troops, while others recount his neutrality. Whatever his allegiances, his son Abner was fighting with the Confederates. Dr. Baker was at home in 1864 and had been treating wounded Confederate soldiers. Union soldiers visited the home and, racing upstairs to a bedroom, shot and killed Dr. Baker through the barricaded bedroom door.
Dr. Bakers house was sold in the 1800's to the George Peters family, which lived there until the V. M. Rogers family purchased the house and 300 acres in the early 20th century. In recent years the house has been used as a restaurant,
The service station was then located to the west of the house on a separate parcel expanded for that purpose. The house was subsequently sold to Dr. Larry Tragesser for use as offices, retaining its historic fabric.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
Location. 35° 54.754′ N, 84° 4.916′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker is at the intersection of Kingston Pike (U.S. 11/70) and South Peters Road, on the right when traveling east on Kingston Pike. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9000 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN 37923, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. States View (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ball Camp (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cavett's Station (approx. 1½ miles away); Fallen Military Heroes of Bearden HighIn Grateful Memory to the Defenders of Cavett Blockhouse (approx. 2 miles away); Admiral Farragut's Birthplace (approx. 4.1 miles away); Robert Reynolds (approx. 4.3 miles away); Byington (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
Also see . . . Ex-Confederate Abner Baker was hanged by mob. (Submitted on April 28, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
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Headline: Ex-Confederate Abner Baker was hanged by mob. (Submitted on April 28, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
The article written by Amy McRary of the Knoxville News Sentinel her story came out in April 11, 2015. We had brought this to her attention as well. Once a Confederate always a Confederate! DO NOT write Ex-Confederate. We have tried to get this across to people but they do not listen.
thank you for listening,
Darlene McLemore Hammond
Abner Baker Chapter #1404
— Submitted May 30, 2016, by Darlene Hammond of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2017. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 843 times since then and 180 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 28, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.