On Old Walton Road at Old Walton Road & Arbor Pl, on the left when traveling east on Old Walton Road.
William Quarles, Revolutionary War officer, settled here ca. 1809, built a house, barns, general store, blacksmith shop, and school, and set up a post office. His residence was a noted inn along the old pike. When Putnam County was established in . . . — — Map (db m76177) HM
On Old Walton Road east of Deck Mountain Road, on the right when traveling east.
William P. Quarles, a Revolutionary War veteran, settled here in 1805. A favorite stopping place on the Old Walton Road, which was built by the state in the early 1800s to join Nashville and Knoxville, White Plains contained a first-class inn, . . . — — Map (db m76176) HM
On 1st Avenue S, on the left when traveling north.
This is the site of the former Baxter Seminary, operated by the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1910-1959. J. Daniel Harris led the drive for the secondary school; its first President was Samuel E. Ryan. Under Harry L. Upperman it attained an enrollment . . . — — Map (db m12505) HM
Near Buffalo Valley Road east of Deer Creek Drive, on the left when traveling east.
Major Richard Fielding Cooke was one of the most prominent pioneer citizens of Putnam County. As a member of the General Assembly in its 1853-54 session he was untiring in his efforts to secure the re-establishment of Putnam County. On February 11, . . . — — Map (db m182566) HM
On Buffalo Valley Road east of Deer Creek Drive, on the left when traveling east.
Born in Virginia in 1787, Major Cooke served with Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812. Moving to Tennessee with his family in 1816, Cooke settled nine miles southwest of Cookeville, acquiring 3000 acres. Serving in the Tennessee Senate, 1851-1854, . . . — — Map (db m182564) HM
On Buffalo Valley School Road, on the left when traveling south.
Built as the Great Depression began, Buffalo Valley School opened in 1929 and served continuously until 1966. It withstood flood and neglect as the once-thriving agricultural community gave way to urban consolidation. An important example of rural . . . — — Map (db m157777) HM
Near Interstate 40 at milepost 266, on the right when traveling west.
The rugged landscape of the Upper Cumberland experienced some of the most vicious guerrilla fighting of the war, as residents were about evenly divided between the Union and the Confederacy.
North of Ext 258 is Carthage, where part of . . . — — Map (db m105545) HM
On Nashville Highway (U.S. 70N) 0.1 miles east of Petty Ridge Road, on the left when traveling east.
Here, about midnight, Oct. 15, 1882, “Bug” Hunt and “the two Edward boys,” held up the Cookeville-Nashville stagecoach driven by John Rayburn, robbed mail and passengers, but missed the registered pouch and quantity of money . . . — — Map (db m157318) HM
In 1956 Senator Albert Gore, Sr. authored legislation to create the largest public works project ever undertaken in the United States, the Interstate Highway System. The legislation was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on June 29, . . . — — Map (db m18195) HM
On East Broad Street, 0.2 miles east of Hillside Drive, on the left when traveling east.
Isaac Buck led his family to this area from Pennsylvania in 1820. In 1849 he purchased land here, and in 1852 he and his son, Jonathan Buck, opened Andrew College, commonly
called “Buck's College,” at this spot. It was the first known . . . — — Map (db m157380) HM
Founded in 1939, Capshaw School was part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal Program. Named in honor of Cookeville attorney and co-founder of Dixie College Robert Byrd Capshaw, the land that the school sits on, was once part of the Capshaw farm. . . . — — Map (db m124067) HM
On Depot Street at North Cedar Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Depot Street.
Putnam County was a divided land during the Civil War as local residents enlisted in either Federal or Confederate units. It also was a crossroads, as both armies passed through the county numerous times over such important historic roads as the . . . — — Map (db m159208) HM
On Scott Avenue south of Buffalo Valleyy Road, on the right when traveling north.
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The Confederate Soldiers
“Not for fame or reward, not for place or rank, not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity, but simple obedience to duty as they . . . — — Map (db m157400) WM
This quadrangle was part of the grounds of the University of Dixie, commonly called "Dixie College," chartered 18 Nov. 1909. Jere Whitson and other Cookeville citizens led the drive for the college; Whitson donated twelve acres for the institution. . . . — — Map (db m27471) HM
On East Broad Street at U.S. 136, on the right when traveling east on East Broad Street.
Putnam County, created in 1842 and re-established in 1854, was named for Major General Israel Putnam, who was commissioned on June 19, 1775 by the Continental Congress. A popular hero of the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Gen. . . . — — Map (db m75353) HM
On Brotherton Mountain Road at Buck Mountain Road, on the right when traveling north on Brotherton Mountain Road.
Located ¼ mile south of this point on what was originally Old Walton Road, Mount Granger was the western distribution point for all U.S. mails to the southwestern frontier. In 1806 Mount Granger was named in honor of the Hon. Gideon Granger, . . . — — Map (db m157373) HM
On Neal Street at Spring Street, on the right when traveling east on Neal Street.
Isaac Buck organized this church, one of the oldest in the County in 1820. Before the Civil War the site was a famous camp meeting ground. When Putnam County was permanently established in 1854, courts met in the old log church, and militia mustered . . . — — Map (db m75262) HM
On Gainesboro Grade (State Highway 290) south of Farmington Drive, on the right when traveling south.
Built in the 1830s, the Shipley Barn is one of the oldest structures in Putnam County. A
uniquely preserved example of half-dovetail notched log construction, it was built by master craftsmen for Abraham Buck, a leading Upper Cumberland pioneer and . . . — — Map (db m157377) HM
On South Jefferson (U.S. 136) at E. Broad St., on the right when traveling north on South Jefferson.
After Putnam County was established in 1854, this site was chosen for its courthouse. Fires destroyed the first building soon after it was erected in 1855, a second during the Civil War, and a third in 1899. Construction of this courthouse, James . . . — — Map (db m27474) HM
On South Jefferson Avenue at East Spring Street (U.S. 70N), on the right when traveling north on South Jefferson Avenue.
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On South Walnut Avenue just south of Proffitt Street, on the right when traveling south.
On March 27, 1878, in gallows erected near here at the foot of Billygoat Hill, Joseph and George (Teek) Brassell were hanged in Putnam County's only publicly held execution. The justice system tried, convicted, and sentenced the brothers to death . . . — — Map (db m157393) HM
On East Spring Street (U.S. 70N), on the right when traveling west.
Putnam County's third courthouse (above) was built in 1866 and burned in 1899. The present building (below) was completed in 1900 and remodeled in 1962, when the clock tower was removed. — — Map (db m182670) HM
On East Broad Street at Fleming Avenue, on the right when traveling east on East Broad Street.
Major Cooke (1789-1870), b. Culpepper County, Virginia, veteran of the War of 1812, with his wife Margaret Cox settled on a farm about nine miles southwest of here in 1816. As a
State Senator, 1851-55, he secured passage of a bill refounding Putnam . . . — — Map (db m157390) HM
On East Spring Street (U.S. 70N) just east of South Jefferson Avenue (State Highway 136), on the right when traveling east.
On July 20, 1940, broadcast pioneer Luke Medley (1907-1998) opened WHUB, the first radio station between Nashville and Knoxville, making Cookeville one of the smallest towns in the nation to have local daily news, music, and sports . . . — — Map (db m150740) HM
On Depot Street at North Cedar Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Depot Street.
A locomotive on the Nashville-Knoxville Railroad first steamed into Cookeville in 1890. The Tennessee Central bought the line in 1902 and built this depot with its distinctive pagoda design in 1909. Soon six trains daily brought visitors, shoppers, . . . — — Map (db m99450) HM
On N. Dixie Ave at Freeze St, on the right when traveling north on N. Dixie Ave.
On July 2, 1855, Charles Crook sold forty acres of land to the Putnam County Court for $100. An uncovered spring, located approximately fifty feet northwest of the marker, became known as "The Town Spring" and was the determining factor in locating . . . — — Map (db m62611) HM
On West 12th Street at North Dixie Ave, on the right when traveling east on West 12th Street.
This street generally follows the course of the Old Walton Road, completed in 1801 and connecting present-day Kingston and Carthage. Along this principal land route between east and middle Tennessee rolled wagons taking settlers west, and stages . . . — — Map (db m76175) HM
Near East Depot Avenue at South Holly Street (Tennessee Route 84).
Born in New York's Catskill Mountains, Union general and postwar Tennessee industralist John T. Wilder joined the 17th Indian Volunteers when the Civil War began.
Wilder and his 17thh Indian Mounted Infantry (nickname "Wilder's Lighting Brigade") . . . — — Map (db m99010) HM
On West Cleveland Avenue at Oak Street, on the right when traveling west on West Cleveland Avenue.
After the railroad reached Monterey in 1893, the town became a noted summer resort. The Cumberland, one of several hotels, stood here. The Episcopal Church operated a mission at this site, 1914-43. At the peak of the Institute's activity under the . . . — — Map (db m182676) HM
On Woodcliff Road, 0.1 miles west of Livingston Highway (Tennessee Highway 84), on the right when traveling west.
In the early 1800s trayelers upon
this highway, once
part of the historic Walton Road, were mystified
by a large stone which stood at
this spot. It was believed to have
been erected by Indians at some
remote date. Because of the . . . — — Map (db m150743) HM
On East Commercial Avenue (Tennessee Route 62) 0.1 miles north of Elmore Street, on the left when traveling north.
A mysterious sandstone monolith of unknown origin stood just west of Monterey. According to local tradition, the structure resembled the shape of a large dog, which faced west
over the edge of the Cumberland Plateau. Captain William Walton, . . . — — Map (db m150751) HM
The sandstone rock atop this lighthouse-shaped pedestal is the only known remaining fragment of the 16-ft dog-shaped monolith that stood for centuries ½ mile to the west, marking an area of peace for the American Indians who travelled and hunted . . . — — Map (db m99000)
On East Commercial Avenue (Tennessee Route 62) east of South Holly Street, on the right when traveling east.
Four miles north of this site, the atrocity occurred during the War Between the States. On March 12, 1864, Federal Col. William B. Stokes and approximately 200 soldiers of the 5th Tenn. Volunteer Cavalry (Union) surrounded the . . . — — Map (db m98997) HM