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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Roane County, Tennessee

 
Clickable Map of Roane County, Tennessee and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Roane County, TN (48) Anderson County, TN (65) Cumberland County, TN (27) Knox County, TN (201) Loudon County, TN (24) McMinn County, TN (53) Meigs County, TN (31) Morgan County, TN (8) Rhea County, TN (29)  RoaneCounty(48) Roane County (48)  AndersonCounty(65) Anderson County (65)  CumberlandCounty(27) Cumberland County (27)  KnoxCounty(201) Knox County (201)  LoudonCounty(24) Loudon County (24)  McMinnCounty(53) McMinn County (53)  MeigsCounty(31) Meigs County (31)  MorganCounty(8) Morgan County (8)  RheaCounty(29) Rhea County (29)
Kingston is the county seat for Roane County
Adjacent to Roane County, Tennessee
      Anderson County (65)  
      Cumberland County (27)  
      Knox County (201)  
      Loudon County (24)  
      McMinn County (53)  
      Meigs County (31)  
      Morgan County (8)  
      Rhea County (29)  
 
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1Tennessee (Roane County), Harriman — 1F 46 — Dixie Lee1909-1952
Wilma W. Wyatt was born in a house that stood near this spot on November 4, 1909. Her stage career began after she won a Chicago singing contest in 1928. She adopted the stage name "Dixie Lee" after joining Fox Film Corp. in 1929. A year later, she . . . Map (db m165726) HM
2Tennessee (Roane County), Harriman — 1F 27 — Harriman: Utopia of Temperance
Incorporated in 1891, this was to be an ideal industrial city, an object lesson for thrift, sobriety, superior intelligence and exalted moral character, where workers would be uncorrupted by Demon Rum. Named for Union General Walter Harriman, former . . . Map (db m150308) HM
3Tennessee (Roane County), Harriman — 1F 26 — Robert King Byrd
Served as 1st Lt., Co. C., 4th Tenn.Infantry in Mexican War. During Civil War he organized and was Col. of 1st Tenn. Infantry, USA. Later commanded brigade. Saw action in East Tenn., Battle of Stones River, and in Atlanta campaign. Member of Union . . . Map (db m150307) HM
4Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Blacksmith Building #7
In most cases a blacksmith would be hired from a nearby town or settlement. A skilled person would be able to forge or fashion various items of need for the fort and surrounding communities. Hand forged items such as cut nails, hinges, . . . Map (db m164360) HM
5Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Blockhouse #10
A small two story structure also referred to as a 'safe house' which was common in early settlements for protection against attacks from any Native American tribes. Many early settlements transitioned into forts, which weren't always military. A . . . Map (db m164375) HM
6Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Blockhouse #11
A small two story structure also referred to as a ‘safe house’ which was common in early settlements for protection against attacks from any Native American tribes. Many early settlements transitioned into forts, which weren’t always military. A . . . Map (db m164395) HM
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7Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Blockhouse #12
A small two story structure also referred to as a 'safe house' which was common in early settlements for protection against attacks from any Native American tribes. Many early settlements transitioned into forts, which weren't always military. A . . . Map (db m164350) HM
8Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Blockhouse #13
A small two story structure also referred to as a ‘safe house’ which was common in early settlements for protection against attacks from any Native American tribes. Many early settlements transitioned into forts, which weren’t always military. A . . . Map (db m164400) HM
9Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — 1F 25 — Capitol for a Day
On Sept 21 1807, the State Legislature met on this site, and immediately resolved to "adjourn forthwith from Kingston," to meet in Knoxville on the 23rd. This brief meeting was in technical fulfillment of terms in a treaty with the Cherokees by . . . Map (db m32685) HM
10Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Carpenter and Tack Building #7
A carpenter would build and perform various repairs on all the fort structures. Also, tables, desks, bunk beds, lanterns and other furniture could be made if needed. Leather work and repairs would also be done. The cutting, sewing and making . . . Map (db m164361) HM
11Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Cherokee Cabin
At the time the first Europeans came the Cherokee were a settled, agricultural people. They lived in villages sometimes consisting of thirty to sixty houses, plus a large council house. Homes were usually made by interweaving river cane in a . . . Map (db m164402) HM
12Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Command and Administrative Building #3
This structure served as the Senior Officer’s quarters and later shared with the first Indian Agent of the territory. This was a long building adjoined to blockhouses on each end. Its dimensions are 70 ft. by 22 ft. and likely a one story . . . Map (db m164391) HM
13Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Court Martial of Private Abraham Setts
In Dec. 1798 Private Setts of the Dragoon Company took a horse, saddle bridle, and $74 and deserted. Subsequently, he had been captured and imprisoned at Southwest Point. On May 1st 1799, a military court found him guilty of desertion and was . . . Map (db m164389) HM
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14Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — For the UnionHistoric Roane County Courthouse
On June 7, 1861, future president Andrew Johnson spoke forcefully against secession on the steps of this building, the Roane County Courthouse. Along with many others in East Tennessee, a majority in Roane County opposed separation from the Union, . . . Map (db m150757) HM
15Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Fort Privy 12
Archaeological work located 3 privies. A privy is a military name for a soldier’s toilet building. Holes were dug to a depth of 10 to 14 ft. The ground walls were either lined with small logs or brick and stone. Wall alignment would help prevent . . . Map (db m164349) HM
16Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Fort Privy 2
Archaeological work located 3 privies. A privy is a military name for a soldier’s toilet building. Holes were dug to a depth of 10 to 14 ft. The ground walls were either lined with small logs or brick and stone. Wall alignment would help prevent . . . Map (db m164398) HM
17Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Fort Privy 9
Archaeological work located 3 privies. A privy is a military name for a soldier’s toilet building. Holes were dug to a depth of 10 to 14 ft. The ground walls were either lined with small logs or brick and stone. Wall alignment would help prevent . . . Map (db m164381) HM
18Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Fort Southwest Point
History The first military post in this area dates to 1792 when a blockhouse was constructed about one-half mile upstream from the present fort sit eon the boundary of U.S. Territory and the Cherokee Nation as defined by a 1791 treaty. The . . . Map (db m159797) HM
19Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Fort Southwest PointLink to the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Fort Southwest Point’s link to the Lewis and Clark Expedition The Lewis and Clark Expedition has been described as the greatest exploration of discovery in our nation’s history. Planned by President Thomas Jefferson and led by Captains . . . Map (db m159801) HM
20Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — KingstonFormer State Capital
(west side) The Second Capital of Tennessee In 1806, the General Assembly of Tennessee passed a resolution that its next meeting be “at the town of Kingston near South-West Point.” On Monday, September 21, 1807, the . . . Map (db m42951) HM
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21Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Old Guard Chapel
Research doesn’t indicate if an actual chapel existed in the fort site. Also, it isn’t known if the regimental Chaplin was mustered at the fort. However, historical records tell us local church pastors from Kingston did hold services for the . . . Map (db m164378) HM
22Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Pillory
The pillory consisted of hinged wooden boards forming holes through which the head and arms were inserted. In being forced to bed forward and stick their head and hands out in front of them, offenders in the pillory would have been extremely . . . Map (db m164386) HM
23Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Quartermaster’s Supply Building #15
This structure served as the fort's supply storage building. Quartermaster is the name of the officer in charge of supplies for the buildings and soldiers of the fort. The dimensions are 62 ft. by 23 ft. including a 5 ft porch. This building was . . . Map (db m164384) HM
24Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Roane County Revolutionary War Monument
Dedicated to the memory of those men and women who fought in the Revolutionary War, with courage, faith, and sacrifice, who came to this country and contributed these same attributes toward the character of the people of Roane County, . . . Map (db m150759) WM
25Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Roane County War of 1812 Memorial
To the Glory of God and in loving memory of the American soldiers and sailors of the War of 1812 who enlisted here. This tablet is erected by the Tennessee National Society United States Daughters of 1812 and the Court of Roane . . . Map (db m42950) WM
26Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Site of Southwest Point1792 - 1807
A military post established in the Territory of the United States South of the River Ohio by General John Sevier under command of Captain John McClelland to protect the settlers and travelers from the Indians. William Blount, Governor ceded, . . . Map (db m159789) HM
27Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Soldier’s Barracks #5
A log structure was one and a half to two stories high. The overall size is 43 ft. by 22 ft. including a 5 ft. porch. The roof is covered with wood shingles. A two sided fireplace is centered to allow equal heat distribution. A minimal of two . . . Map (db m164372) HM
28Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Soldier’s Barracks #8
A log structure was one and a half to two stories high. The overall size is 43 ft. by 22 ft. including a 5 ft. porch. The roof is covered with wood shingles. A two sided fireplace is centered to allow equal heat distribution. A minimal of two . . . Map (db m164370) HM
29Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Soldier’s Barracks w/ Cellar #14
Basically, they are the same as the other barracks on the opposite side of the parade ground. The only difference, these had cellars as indicated by the deep impressions in the ground. The sloping ground made it favorable to have cellars, needed . . . Map (db m164365) HM
30Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Soldier’s Barracks w/ Cellar #4
Basically, they are the same as the other barracks on the opposite side of the parade ground. The only difference, these had cellars as indicated by the deep impressions in the ground. The sloping ground made it favorable to have cellars, needed . . . Map (db m164351) HM
31Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Soldier’s Barracks w/ Cellar #6
Basically, they are the same as the other barracks on the opposite side of the parade ground. The only difference, these had cellars as indicated by the deep impressions in the ground. The sloping ground made it favorable to have cellars, needed . . . Map (db m164364) HM
32Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — 1F 7 — Southwest Point
On the hill to the S.W., a fort was built in 1791-92, and garrisoned by the regular Army. It was a noted place on the frontier, visited by many travelers and emigrants.Map (db m150309) HM
33Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — Southwest Stonewall
Archaeological work on the S.W. end of the fort boundaries indicated a stone retaining wall with palisades mounted on top. These posts were supported by anchoring deep in the wall at 8 to 10 ft. intervals. Flat areas of the stone next to the . . . Map (db m164397) HM
34Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — The First Federal Fort in Tennessee1797 - 1811
Dedicated to the more than six hundred soldiers who served at Fort Southwest Point. The first Commanding Officer Lt. Colonel Thomas Butler.Map (db m164380) HM
35Tennessee (Roane County), Kingston — The Lewis and Clark Expeditionand Fort Southwest Point
The Lewis and Clark Expedition and Fort Southwest Point The Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-06) was conceived by President Thomas Jefferson to be an exploration of discovery through the West and on to the Pacific Ocean. The purposes of the . . . Map (db m159794) HM
36Tennessee (Roane County), Oak Ridge — Building K-1000
This building housed the main K-25 badge and pass facility for many years during the Cold War and Reindustrialization period. Over many decades, thousands and thousands of shoes, from wingtips to work-boots stopped at this spot to enter the high . . . Map (db m159563) HM
37Tennessee (Roane County), Oak Ridge — 1F 39 — K-25 Plant
As a part of the Manhattan Project, the K-25 plant was designed to house work on separating U-235 from U-238 through the gaseous diffusion process. At the time of its construction, it was the largest industrial complex in history. Plant construction . . . Map (db m159562) HM
38Tennessee (Roane County), Oak Ridge — 1F 37 — Oak Ridge
In 1943, Oak Ridge was created as the residential center for the Clinton Engineering Works. Located on the northeast corner of a 59,000-acre reservation acquired by the government in 1942, the community was designed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, . . . Map (db m82315) HM
39Tennessee (Roane County), Oak Ridge — 1F 45 — Poplar Creek Seminary
Wheat Community Citizens established the Poplar Creek Seminary in 1877 as a center of higher education for area children. The Seminary's name was changed in 1886 to Roane College, chartered by the state of Tennessee as an accredited college. At its . . . Map (db m88463) HM
40Tennessee (Roane County), Oak Ridge — 1F 38 — The Wheat Community
The Wheat Community was settled during the middle of the 19th century and took its name from the first postmaster, Frank Wheat. The area had originally been known as Bald Hill. Roane College, a liberal arts college, operated here from 1886-1908. . . . Map (db m121332) HM
41Tennessee (Roane County), Oak Ridge — Wheat Community
John Henry and Elizabeth Inman Welcker owned and operated a plantation named Laurel Banks as early as 1810, and possibly 1805. This plantation was located along the banks of the Clinch River, where the East Tennessee Technology Park (formerly the . . . Map (db m159564) HM
42Tennessee (Roane County), Oliver Springs — Guerillas and ForagersWar in Oliver Springs
Although the residents of Oliver Springs did not suffer from the effects of combat during the war, other factors soon took a toll. Like much of East Tennessee, Anderson, Morgan, and Roane Counties voted against secession. The conflicts between Union . . . Map (db m159561) HM
43Tennessee (Roane County), Oliver Springs — L&N Cowcreel Branch
2000 Ft. L&N trestle to Windrock Mines. Built March 2nd, 1904. Torn down in 1970.Map (db m164348) HM
44Tennessee (Roane County), Oliver Springs — O.S. Engine #2
1956 International Howe R185. First fire truck purchased by the city, & donated to the Oliver Springs Historical Society. 1999Map (db m164344) HM
45Tennessee (Roane County), Oliver Springs — Southern Railroad X574
Built in June 1971. Refurbished in 1997.Map (db m164345) HM
46Tennessee (Roane County), Oliver Springs — Ticket Booth
Ticket Booth from Oliver Springs Hotel which burned in 1905. Built by Herman Ahler.Map (db m164347) HM
47Tennessee (Roane County), Rockwood — In Memoriam
James Tarwater Wright Scout master Charles Fred Burnett, James Edward Burnett, Roy Paul Green, James Clarence Hill, Woodrow Wilson Kerr, Lawrence Nedra Montgomery, Jack Acuff Shamhart. Scoutmaster and scouts of Troop 45 . . . Map (db m182683) HM
48Tennessee (Roane County), Rockwood — 1F 19 — Rockwood Oak
Here, in the late 18th Century, the Cherokee had a tollgate, where they exacted tribute from travelers between the Watauga Settlements and the Cumberland country. Here James Glasgow, John Hackett and Littlepage Sims arranged with Talootiske, of the . . . Map (db m136292) HM
 
 
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Dec. 8, 2022