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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Blount County, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Blount County, Tennessee and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Blount County, TN (68) Knox County, TN (239) Loudon County, TN (24) Monroe County, TN (40) Sevier County, TN (108) Graham County, NC (23) Swain County, NC (68)  BlountCounty(68) Blount County (68)  KnoxCounty(239) Knox County (239)  LoudonCounty(24) Loudon County (24)  MonroeCounty(40) Monroe County (40)  SevierCounty(108) Sevier County (108)  GrahamCountyNorth Carolina(23) Graham County (23)  SwainCounty(68) Swain County (68)
Maryville is the county seat for Blount County
Adjacent to Blount County, Tennessee
      Knox County (239)  
      Loudon County (24)  
      Monroe County (40)  
      Sevier County (108)  
      Graham County, North Carolina (23)  
      Swain County, North Carolina (68)  
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1 Tennessee, Blount County, Alcoa — Alcoa's First Fire Hall
In the 1940s, the City of Alcoa established a fire hall independent from the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA). The City acquired its first fire truck in 1942, an open-cab 1940 Ford. The first fire hall, near the intersection of Springbrook Road . . . Map (db m195379) HM
2 Tennessee, Blount County, Alcoa — Babcock Lumber & Land Company and the Vose Community
In 1916, the Babcock Lumber & Land Company acquired 350 acres along Pistol Creek where saw and planing mills were constructed to process lumber the Company was timbering in Monroe County. At the time, Babcock was the nation's leading producer of . . . Map (db m195377) HM
3 Tennessee, Blount County, Alcoa — Bassel School
Bassel School was constructed in 1923 to provide a new school for children in the Bassel community. The new school was dedicated February 1, 1924. The school contained eight grades. Captions (clockwise from top left) • Bassel School . . . Map (db m195403) HM
4 Tennessee, Blount County, Alcoa — Charles M. Hall School
Alcoa schools for black citizens played a vital role in the growth and development of Alcoa. From 1916 to 1926, classes were held in one-room buildings and on the top floor of the Commercial Building. The first building on this site was completed . . . Map (db m195398) HM
5 Tennessee, Blount County, Alcoa — Early Alcoa High School Athletics
Alcoa High School began participating in athletics, as the Red Tornadoes, in the fall of 1924. The gymnasium was added in 1927. Alcoa High School played its home basketball games there until 1954. Captions (clockwise from top . . . Map (db m195370) HM
6 Tennessee, Blount County, Alcoa — Hultquist and Chandler Homes
The V. J. Hultquist family home was constructed in 1925. The same year, the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) constructed a home for the family of E. M. Chandler, who supervised the Sheet Mill from 1924 to 1946. He also managed the North Plant . . . Map (db m195372) HM
7 Tennessee, Blount County, Alcoa — 1E 120 — Hunt Field
Hunt Field was the home of the Maryville-Alcoa Twins baseball team that won the 1953 Class-D Mountain States League Pennant. This 1,750-seat ballpark, built in the 1940s, averaged an attendance of about 1,550 for 62 home games. Major league . . . Map (db m195413) HM
8 Tennessee, Blount County, Alcoa — Incorporation of the City of Alcoa
By Tennessee Private Act Chapter No. 510, the City of Alcoa was incorporated effective July 1, 1919. Initially, there were three city commissioners, C. L. Babcock, mayor; S. A. Copp, and W. V. Arnold. V. J. Hultquist was appointed city manager, . . . Map (db m195396) HM
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9 Tennessee, Blount County, Alcoa — Initial Plant & Town Site Construction / The Mule Barn
Initial Plant & Town Site Construction In 1913, the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) began construction of a reduction plant for the production of aluminum. A townsite, including the Bassel community, was also constructed for Company workers . . . Map (db m195405) HM
10 Tennessee, Blount County, Alcoa — Millennium Manor
Millennium Manor This property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1937Map (db m195410) HM
11 Tennessee, Blount County, Alcoa — Nicely's Grocery Store
The Nicely's Grocery Store building, built in 1939, stands as a proud reminder of the neighborhood grocery store where customers could purchase groceries on a credit account, and the store made home deliveries. When the building was new, the Masonic . . . Map (db m195376) HM
12 Tennessee, Blount County, Alcoa — Springbrook Park
When the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) established the City of Alcoa, a commitment was made to establish one acre of park for each 100 residents. Springbrook Park was established in 1925. More than 3,000 shade trees and 6,000 flowering shrubs . . . Map (db m195363) HM
13 Tennessee, Blount County, Alcoa — Springbrook Pool
Springbrook Pool, originally known as Alcoa Swimming Pool, opened June 13, 1931. Unemployed residents were allowed to work on construction of the pool in lieu of paying street tax, and the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) provided pipe and . . . Map (db m195375) HM
14 Tennessee, Blount County, Alcoa — Springbrook School
Springbrook School was built in 1921 for grades 1-12, including, until 1939, Alcoa High School. The school was the City's first major school construction project. Today's park grounds lying between the concrete pad and the creek were the school's . . . Map (db m195367) HM
15 Tennessee, Blount County, Alcoa — The Commercial Building
The Commercial Building was constructed by the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) in 1919. Commercial businesses for the Hall community were located there, and until Charles M. Hall School was opened in 1926, the school for African American youth . . . Map (db m195399) HM
16 Tennessee, Blount County, Alcoa — The Duck Pond and Lily Pond
In March 1931, City Manager V. J. Hultquist, informed city .commissioners that work had begun on a proposed lake in Springbrook Park to be located adjacent to the swimming pool. Initially known as Mirror Lake, it was later named the Lily Pond. . . . Map (db m195373) HM
17 Tennessee, Blount County, Alcoa — The Hall Community
The Hall community, earlier known as Peniel, then Walnut Hill, was established in 1916 when the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) built 137 two- and three-room homes for African American workers who had been recruited and hired to build the local . . . Map (db m195401) HM
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18 Tennessee, Blount County, Friendsville — 1E 57 — Friendsville
This village, 8 mi. W., was founded by a colony of Quakers from New Garden, N. C., in the 1790's. The Newberry Meeting officially recognized it in 1808. The first Friends' organization in the county, it is the only one surviving. Friendsville . . . Map (db m150763) HM
19 Tennessee, Blount County, Friendsville — Friendsville Marble Industry Monument
The city of Friendsville hereby recognizes the Friendsville community for contributing their talents to the stone profession. Tennessee pink marble is a historic reminder of days past when the railroad ran through Friendsville. This block of . . . Map (db m150767) HM
20 Tennessee, Blount County, Friendsville — The Underground RailroadFriendsville Quakers and Cudjo's Cave
Members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) came to Blount County in the 1790s looking for a place to worship in peace. Hardworking and industrious, opposing war and slavery, they developed the land and founded the prosperous settlements . . . Map (db m81361) HM
21 Tennessee, Blount County, Greenback — Cloyd's Creek Presbyterian Church
Built c. 1872 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m184594) HM
22 Tennessee, Blount County, Greenback — 1 E 108 — Sam Houston American Giant Homesite
In 1807, Sam Houston arrived at this 419-acre site with his widowed mother and eight brothers and sisters. The homesite was located just above the spring on the hill. Sam Houston served as general, President of Texas, Governor of Tennessee and . . . Map (db m150793) HM
23 Tennessee, Blount County, Knoxville — 1E 18 — James Gillespy's Fort
About 2 miles northeast. Attacked Oct. 13, 1788, by 300 Indians under John Watts, the half breed. Defenders held out until ammunition was exhausted. 28 were taken prisoner; 17 slaughtered and bodies burned. Thereafter the locality was called the . . . Map (db m90458) HM
24 Tennessee, Blount County, Louisville — The Marcus Warren House
The National Register Tennessee Historical Commission The Marcus Warren House 1870 of Historic PlacesMap (db m195359) HM
25 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — “Battle of the Bulge” World War II Veterans of Blount County
Lane, John E (KIA) • Hearon, Marlow M • Henry, Walter S • Hester, Thurman O • Hipsher, Henry N • Hollingshead, Denver KIA • Huffstetler, John H • Huskey, Eugene E • Hutson, Luther C • Ingram, John J Jr • Ivey, Charles K • Jackson, Taylor G • . . . Map (db m150832) WM
26 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — 1E 49 — Alleghany Springs Reported missing
Yellow Sulphur Springs was developed on a modest scale by Jesse Kerr in 1859. In 1885, Nathan McCoy, of Indiana, built an elaborate hotel here. John Hanlon took it over in 1900, and operated it until the outbreak of World War I. It burned in 1933.Map (db m107919) HM
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27 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — 1E 17 — Baker's Creek Church
This Presbyterian church was established in 1786. Its first pastor was the Rev. Gideon Blackburn who served an extensive circuit in the area. Elizabeth Paxton Houston, mother of Sam Houston, is buried here.Map (db m150789) HM
28 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — Blount County Revolutionary War Memorial
In memory of soldiers and patriots of the American Revolution who settled in Blount County George Berry • Thomas Berry • John Biggs • Benjamin Bingham • Joseph Black Sr. • Andrew Bogle • Joseph Bogle Sr. • Joseph Bogle Jr. • John Boyd Sr. • . . . Map (db m150826) WM
29 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — Blount County War Dead Memorial
In honored glory Lest we forget: This monument dedicated to all those gallant heroes of Blount County , living and dead, who have fought in all wars to preserve the American way of life. The people who have no interest in the past have no hope . . . Map (db m150798) WM
30 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — 1E 14 — Chilhowee
On Abram’s Creek, near the site of the early Cherokee village, Chilhowee, William and Robert James established a water-powered cotton and woolen spinning and weaving factory. A charter for the business was issued in 1846 and the mill was evidently . . . Map (db m58501) HM
31 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — Craig Fort - 1785
Stockade enclosing about two acres extending southwest to large spring at base of bluff. Scene of many privations, perils and heroic encounters.Map (db m107578) HM
32 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — 1E 104 — Freedman's Institute
A three-story brick building was erected 1872-74 on this site to train blacks as teachers. Institute was begun in 1867, in a log house ˝ mile north, and later moved into a new building, financed mainly by friends. By 1879, it had trained 80 . . . Map (db m81362) HM
33 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — General Sam Houston
March 2, 1793 – July 26, 1863 Born In Rockbridge County VA Moved To TN in 1807 Taught At This Schoolhouse In 1812 Attended Porter Academy In 1813 Joined Army In 1813 In Maryville, TN Studied Law In Nashville, TN In 1818 . . . Map (db m1733) HM
34 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — General Sam HoustonSoldier and Statesman
Citizen of Blount County 1806-1818 Enlisted at Maryville in War 1812 Congressman from Tennessee 1823-1827 Governor of Tennessee 1827-1829 Liberator of Texas San Jacinto April 21,1836 President Republic of Texas 1836-1838, 1841-1844 . . . Map (db m150794) HM
35 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — 1E 5 — Houston's Station
Established by James Houston in 1785, it stood about 300 yards east on Little Nine Mile Creek. From here, in 1786, John Sevier led 160 horsemen against the Cherokee towns. In 1788, the Kirk family was massacred about three miles south; shortly . . . Map (db m58500) HM
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36 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — 1 E 100 — John Craig's Fort
Site of the original settlement of Maryville. Here Captain John Craig in 1785 erected a fort on Pistol Creek to protect settlers from Indian raids. In 1793 as many as 280 men, women, and children lived within its walls for several months, surviving . . . Map (db m58839) HM
37 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — 1E 124 — Louis Philippe's Visit
Louis Philippe, Duke of Orleans and later king of France, lived in exile in the United States in 1797. Following a route designed by President George Washington he toured the South in that year. On April 29 he spent the night here at Woods . . . Map (db m150836) HM
38 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — 1E 42 — Maryville College
Founded in 1819 by the Synod of Tennessee, Presbyterian Church in the USA, as The Southern and Western Theological Seminary, its first president was Rev. Isaac Anderson, D.D. Its original buildings were on Broadway at College Street. Receiving its . . . Map (db m36993) HM
39 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — Maryville During the Civil War"A"
During the antebellum period, Blount County supported abolitionism. In 1822, local Quakers and other residents formed an abolitionist society, and in the decades following, local clergymen preached against the evils of slavery. When the county . . . Map (db m69452) HM
40 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — Maryville Polytechnic School
Dedicated with great affection and esteem by former students to the memory of Professor Charles William ("Bill Joe") Henry (1878-1935) and Mrs. Leola Landon Henry (1884-1966). Married January 1904. Founders and operators of Maryville Polytechnic . . . Map (db m107920) HM
41 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — 1E 56 — Montvale Springs
7 ½ mi. S, this resort was termed the Saratoga of the South in stagecoach days. First advertised in 1832; Daniel Foute built a log hotel there in 1837. In 1853, Asa Watson, of Mississippi, built the Seven Gable Hotel. Sidney Lanier spent much . . . Map (db m81363) HM
42 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — Near the Site of Henry Fort
Near the site of Henry Fort built 1790 nearest fort to the Cherokees Gift of the descendants of Samuel and Polly HenryMap (db m150786) HM
43 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — 1E46 — New Providence Church
This Presbyterian church was founded in 1786 by Rev. Archibald Scott, of Virginia. In 1792, Rev. Gideon Blackburn built a log church here; the stones in the present wall are from a church which replaced it in 1829; the brick church replaced it in . . . Map (db m28733) HM
44 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — 1E 59 — Porter Academy
Chartered in 1806. Opened in 1808. Occupied two Maryville sites from 1808 to the Civil War. Reopened at Wildwood in 1872 on a five acre tract donated by Thomas J. Pritchett and wife Mary. Academy land and buildings were deeded to Blount County in . . . Map (db m150839) HM
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45 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — 1E 55 — Pride Mansion
Dr. Samuel Pride, first Worthy Master of the New Providence Masonic Lodge, built his house here. Maj. Gen. W. T. Sherman, enroute to the relief of Burnside at Knoxville, billeted himself here. From 1878 to 1900 it was the Friends’ Normal Institute. . . . Map (db m58509) HM
46 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — 1 E 75 — Relief of Knoxville
Maj. Gen. W. T. Sherman, U.S.A., arrived in Blount County with 25,000 men, Dec. 5, 1863, to relieve Gen. Ambrose Burnside besieged at Knoxville by Gen. James Longstreet. The 15th Corps camped around Maryville, the 11th around Louisville and the 4th . . . Map (db m58836) HM
47 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — 1E 6 — Sam Houston Schoolhouse
Three miles south is the school-house built in 1796 by Andrew Kennedy and Henry McCulloch for their children. Sam Houston taught here in 1811 or 1812. He later became Governor of Tennessee, Commander-in-Chief of the Texas Army, President of the . . . Map (db m109629) HM
48 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — Sam Houston Statue
Four separate plaques. (Text of each plaque under the photos below.)Map (db m107921) HM
49 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — 1E 51 — Samuel Henry's Station
On the hill to the south, beside the Great War and Trading Path, later the Federal Road, Samuel Henry, Sr., built a fort by 1792. The half-breed John Watts and 200 followers attacked it in August, 1793. Henry’s first mill was authorized in 1795. He . . . Map (db m58508) HM
50 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — Site of Fort Gamble
Erected near Indian War Path 1790 Gift of descendants of Josias Gamble and Ann Gamwell Marker placed by Mary Blount Chapter DAR 1940Map (db m195414) HM
51 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — 1E 127 — The Black Sulfur Spring
For more than 200 years the Black Sulfur Spring has been a landmark location in Blount County. The spring and 215 acres was bought from David Delzell in 1834 to become one of three primary mineral springs for Daniel Foute's 6,500 acre Montvale . . . Map (db m164837) HM
52 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — The Glascock House
Built by Mr. Pete Hood c. 1910 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m184598) HM
53 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — 1E16 — Where Houston Enlisted
Here, where Blount County's first courthouse stood, Sam Houston "took a dollar from the drum", thus marking his first enlistment in the United States Army, March 24, 1813. This culminated in his command of the Army of Texas, which decisively . . . Map (db m28579) HM
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54 Tennessee, Blount County, Maryville — 1E 109 — William Bennett Scott, 1821 - 1885
William B. Scott, Sr., a free Black, migrated to East Tennessee in 1847 after increased racial tension in North Carolina. He made harnesses and saddles in Blount County’s Quaker community of Friendsville until the Civil War. In Knoxville, during . . . Map (db m107600) HM
55 Tennessee, Blount County, Rockford — 1E 40 — Bartlett's Station
Nicholas Bartlett built a mill 300 ft. downstream about 1785. When Blount County was created in 1795, its mill-pond was a turning point from the Stock Creek boundary to run toward Bay's Mountain. The mill was used as a fort in the Indian troubles . . . Map (db m109333) HM
56 Tennessee, Blount County, Rockford — 1E 11 — Knox County / Blount County
Knox County Established 1792; named in honor of Maj. Gen. Henry Knox Washington's Chief of Artillery in the Revolutionary War. Secretary of War in Washington's Cabinet. One of the founders and first secretary of the Society of the . . . Map (db m109332) HM
57 Tennessee, Blount County, Seymour — Campbell Family Massacre
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58 Tennessee, Blount County, Seymour — 1E 19 — Eusebia Church
Early settlers coming down the Great War & Trading Path in 1784-85 camped here; it was the scene of their first death and burial. In 1786 the Rev. Archibald Scott of Virginia organized a Presbyterian congregation in the area; the church was built . . . Map (db m81365) HM
59 Tennessee, Blount County, Seymour — 1E 22 — McTeer's Fort
One mile south, near a large spring, Robert McTeer built a fort and mill in 1784. A branch of the Great War and Trading Path passed nearby. Reportedly, the first school in what later became Blount County was held here; it was also the first polling . . . Map (db m108216) HM
60 Tennessee, Blount County, Sixmile — 1E-125 — Montvale Springs
Montvale Springs and Chihowee Mountain, eight miles south of Maryville, were inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years. In 1832 Dantel Foute constructed a road from Maryville and built Montvale Springs Hotel, one of Tennessee's first . . . Map (db m203538) HM
61 Tennessee, Blount County, Townsend — An Early Mountain Community
In the early 1900s family farms covered the valley. Self-sufficiency was the rule in those days, but most people made use of the mill, the country store, and the blacksmith shop. The buildings assembled here represent part of a typical mountain . . . Map (db m58475) HM
62 Tennessee, Blount County, Townsend — Civilian Conservation Corps
In Honor of the Civilian Conservation Corps 1933 – 1942 whose hands built roads, trails, bridges, buildings, campgrounds, and picnic areas in Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the benefit and enjoyment of the people. “If you . . . Map (db m58440) HM
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63 Tennessee, Blount County, Townsend — 1E 13 — John Mitchel
This Irish patriot, exiled from his homeland for revolutionary newspaper activities, settled in the cove about two miles from here in 1855. After a short stay he moved to Knoxville. The rest of his life was taken up with lecture tours and newspaper . . . Map (db m56818) HM
64 Tennessee, Blount County, Townsend — On this site August 17, 1915
Justice of the Peace John Burns and his assistant William Dunn lost their lives in a dynamite explosion while widening this road in his capacity as road commissioner for the Fifteenth District during his term on the county courtMap (db m164836) HM
65 Tennessee, Blount County, Townsend — 1E 110 — The Little River Lumber Company
This is the former site of the Little River Lumber Company mill complex. Founded in 1901 by Col. W.B. Townsend for whom this community is named, the company was one of the largest commercial lumber operations in the Smokies. From 1901 to 1939, the . . . Map (db m36995) HM
66 Tennessee, Blount County, Townsend — 1E 15 — Tuckaleechee Villages
Near here was one of these three Cherokee villages, unoccupied when settlers arrived about 1791. A branch of the Great War and Trading Path forked here, one to North Carolina, the other to villages on the Little Tennessee. The Virginia trader, . . . Map (db m46477) HM
67 Tennessee, Blount County, Walland — 1E 48 — Gamble's Station
A mile north, on Little River, Josias Gamble built a fort in 1740. Gov. William Blount came here in 1790, to pacify and disperse a gathering of settlers about to attack the Indians to recover stolen horses. The fort was never attacked, but was a . . . Map (db m46479) HM
68 Tennessee, Blount County, Walland — The Bethlehem Methodist Church
The National Register Tennessee Historical Commission The Bethlehem Methodist Church of Historic PlacesMap (db m195417) HM
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May. 30, 2023