Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Colonel Richard Henderson
Founder and Promoter of the noted “Transylvania Land Company”
Colonel Richard Henderson
Born in Virginia 1735
Died in North Carolina 1785
Founder and Promoter of the noted
"Transylvania Land Company"
Whose purchase from the Cherokee Indians covered the territory from the waters of Kentucky River to that of Cumberland.
His first settlement was made at Boonesborough, which failed in loss of title by action of Virginia.
His second attempt at settlement was made in 1779-1780, at this place on Cumberland River, - then known as "The French Lick."
He enlisted James Roberston of the Watauga Settlement to lead this project while he acted as commissioner from North Carolina to survey the boundary line between that state and Virginia in order to know in which state the settlement would fall.
Early in 1870 Colonel Henderson joined the settlement provided corn for its maintenance, the "compact" for its civil government and a land-office for the sale of lands.
Dissatisfaction soon arose as to the validity of titles, discouragements as to provisions, and danger from Indians. The life of the settlement was seriously threatened. Colonel Henderson returned to North Carolina leaving James Robertson in charge, who after many trials brought it to success.
Location. 36° 9.865′ N, 86° 46.531′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker can be reached from 1st Avenue North 0.1 miles south of Church Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located within Fort Nashborough. Marker is in this post office area: Nashville TN 37201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Nashborough (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Fort Nashborough (a few steps from this marker); Colonel James Robertson (a few steps from this marker); Colonel John Donelson (within shouting distance of this marker); Founding of Nashville (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First Store (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jacques Timothe Boucher de Montbrun (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sampson W. Keeble (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
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