“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
St. Andrews in Franklin County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Allan Gipson


Allen Gipson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lisa Wasser, 2009
1. Allen Gipson Marker
Inscription. Allan Gipson, a pioneer settler of Franklin County (1814), was a merchant, planter, and original benefactor to the University of the South. He dedicated a large tract to the Sewanee domain. Gipson served as a private in the Tennessee Mounted Infantry during the Indian removal. His son Andrew lived here at Gipson's Switch, farming, mining, and servicing the coal trains. Gipson's Switch is where the University of the South trustees detrained in 1857.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2E 66.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 35° 12.673′ N, 85° 53.55′ W. Marker is in St. Andrews, Tennessee, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Highway 156 and Pinetree Rd. (County Highway 156), on the right when traveling north on Highway 156. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sewanee TN 37375, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. University of the South (approx. 1.4 miles away); Edmund Kirby Smith (approx. 1˝ miles away); Rebel's Rest (approx. 1.7 miles away); Army of Tennessee (approx. 2.3 miles away); Monteagle Sunday School Assembly (approx. 3.7 miles away); Passing Through Cowan (approx. 7.4 miles away); Tullahoma Campaign (approx. 7.4 miles away); Cowan Railroad Museum (approx. 7.4 miles away).
More about this marker. Surrounded by a chainlink fence to keep vandals from taking the marker (there are MANY descendants in the area).
Regarding Allan Gipson. An important figure in the founding of the University of the South (he is buried on the school grounds), he also has street named after him on the University grounds.
Categories. EducationNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 8, 2018. This page has been viewed 74 times since then and 2 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on April 8, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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