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Williamsport in Maury County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Gordon House

 
 
The Gordon House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 8, 2012
1. The Gordon House Marker
Inscription. One of the few remaining buildings associated with the Old Natchez Trace is the house of ferry operator John Gordon.

In the early 1800s Gordon made an agreement with the Chickasaw Chief George Colbert to operate a trading post and ferry on the Duck River.

Military expeditions with General Andrew Jackson kept him away from home much of the time. His wife Dorathea supervised the construction of the present house in 1817-18. John Gordon died shortly after it was completed, but Mrs. Gordon lived here until her death in 1859.
 
Erected by United States Department of the Interior National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
 
Location. 35° 43.213′ N, 87° 15.668′ W. Marker is in Williamsport, Tennessee, in Maury County. Marker can be reached from Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 407) south of Williamsport Pike (Tennessee Route 50), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsport TN 38487, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Natchez Trace (here, next to this marker but has been reported missing); a different marker also named The Gordon House
The Gordon House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 8, 2012
2. The Gordon House Marker
One of the few remaining buildings associated with the Old Natchez Trace is the house of ferry operator John Gordon. Built in 1817-18, the Gordon House was one of the first brick homes in this area. In the early 1800's, Gordon settled here as ferry operator, trader, farmer, and Indian fighter. Because military expeditions kept him away from home, his wife Dorothea supervised the building of the house. Gordon died shortly after it was completed, but Mrs. Gordon lived here until her death 1859. In 1978 the National Park Service restored the house to its original appearance. A ten-minute walk beginning here leads to a section of the original Natchez Trace and the Duck River ferry site. The 450 mile (725km) Natchez Trace Parkway roughly follows the route of the old frontier road.
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Family Farm ... Working in Harmony with the Environment (approx. 2.1 miles away); Jackson Branch – A Stolen Stream (approx. 2.5 miles away); Old Trace Walk (approx. 3.3 miles away); Old Well Cemetery (approx. 3.8 miles away); The Tobacco Barn (approx. 4.7 miles away); Tennessee Tobacco Farm (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsport.
 
Also see . . .  Natchez Trace Parkway. National Park Service (Submitted on October 15, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
The Gordon House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 8, 2012
3. The Gordon House Marker
The Gordon House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 8, 2012
4. The Gordon House Marker
The Gordon House image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 8, 2012
5. The Gordon House
The Gordon House sign image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 8, 2012
6. The Gordon House sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 11, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 310 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 11, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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