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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Hamblen County, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Hamblen 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> Hamblen County, TN (40) Cocke County, TN (17) Grainger County, TN (18) Greene County, TN (88) Hawkins County, TN (34) Jefferson County, TN (44)  HamblenCounty(40) Hamblen County (40)  CockeCounty(17) Cocke County (17)  GraingerCounty(18) Grainger County (18)  GreeneCounty(88) Greene County (88)  HawkinsCounty(34) Hawkins County (34)  JeffersonCounty(44) Jefferson County (44)
Morristown is the county seat for Hamblen County
Adjacent to Hamblen County, Tennessee
      Cocke County (17)  
      Grainger County (18)  
      Greene County (88)  
      Hawkins County (34)  
      Jefferson County (44)  
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1 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — 1B 68 — Bethel United Methodist Church
Bethel Methodist Church originated as First Methodist Episcopal Church, with the Reverend Owen N. Hypsher as its first minister in 1881. The home church for the former Morristown College, Bethel served as a major hub for Morristown's Black . . . Map (db m171104) HM
2 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — Caught in the CrossfireMorristown in the Civil War
In 1861, Morristown was a small railroad town strategically located where the East Tennessee & Virginia Railroad crossed the road to the Cumberland Gap. Although much of East Tennessee was Unionist, Morristown's residents held secessionist . . . Map (db m101931) HM
3 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — 1B 36 — Cheek's Crossroads
Here the Kentucky Road, from Cumberland Gap to the Carolinas, crossed the Stage Road, from Abingdon, Va., to the west. In 1790, Jesse Cheek had a store about 50 yds. N.E. On this spot the Deaderick family operated a store with various partners in . . . Map (db m22676) HM
4 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — Coffman House
The 1783 land grant to DAVID COFFMAN adjoined Indian territory. ANDREW COFFMAN, pioneer baptist preacher, was born in the original log cabin in 1784. That cabin, with additions, was later covered with clapboards.Map (db m84687) HM
5 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — 1B65 — Colonel Robert McFarland1759-1837
The homesite and grave of Revolutionary War officer, Colonel Robert McFarland, is located two miles north at Springvale. Born in 1759 in Orange County, North Carolina, he served in the Virginia Militia from 1776 to 1781. In 1783, McFarland moved . . . Map (db m80442) HM
6 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — Conestoga Wagon
It took Virginia and North Carolina settlers from 1607 until almost 1750 to settle as far as the Appalachians. The surge of road building between 1790 and 1840 made the Trans Allegheny accessible for further settling. During this time, development . . . Map (db m126538) HM
7 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — 1B-9 — Crockett Tavern
Here stood the Crockett Tavern, established and operated by John and Rebecca Crockett. It was the boyhood home of David Crockett (1786-1836), pioneer and political leader in Tennessee, and a victim of the Alamo Massacre at San Antonio, Texas.Map (db m43711) HM
8 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — David Crockett – A Tennessee Legacy
In the 49 years that David Crockett called Tennessee his home he migrated from one end of the Volunteer state to the other. From his birthplace near Limestone on the banks of the Nolichucky River to his last home in present day Rutherford (Gibson . . . Map (db m152045) HM
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9 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — Dewitt Clinton Senter1830-1898
Site of the home of Dewitt Clinton Senter, farmer and lawyer, born in Rhea County, member of the Tenn. House of Representatives, 1857-3, Tenn. Senate, 1865-69, Speaker of the Senate 1869; Governor 1869-71.Map (db m88029) HM
10 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — Erected in Memory of the 22 Hamblen County Boys Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice in the World War
Front Erected in Memory of the 22 Hamblen County Boys Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice in the World War. Back Erected by The Morningside Garden Club Morristown Tenn 1932. This memorial was restored and rededicated in 1997 by . . . Map (db m88027) WM
11 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — Hamblen County Courthouse
Hamblen County was organized in 1870 from parts of Jefferson, Grainger, and Hawkins Counties. The Courthouse was finished in 1874 on land donated by G. W. Barnett, George W. Folsom, D. Morris and John Murphey. Additions were made in 1955 and . . . Map (db m210322) HM
12 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — Hamblen County Jail
This historical site was the location of the former Hamblen County Jail Erected - 1937 Razed - 2004 County Mayor David W. Purkey Sheriff Otto Purkey Trustee Bill BrittainMap (db m171365) HM
13 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — Hamblen County Korean War Memorial
In honored memory of our Hamblen County boys who fought in the Korean War 1950 – 1954 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Erected and dedicated Memorial Day 1976 by Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce Veterans Council . . . Map (db m210329) WM
14 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — Hamblen County Mideast Wars Memorial
In honored memory of our Hamblen County men and women who fought in Desert Shield Desert Storm The Global War on Terrorism Operation Iraqi Freedom Operation Enduring Freedom Iraq and Afghanistan ★ ★ ★ ★ . . . Map (db m210325) WM
15 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — Hamblen County POW/MIA Memorial
POW ★ MIA You are not forgottenMap (db m210328) WM
16 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — Hamblen County Vietnam War Memorial
In honored memory of our Hamblen County boys who fought in the Vietnam War 1958 – 1973 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Erected and dedicatedMap (db m210330) WM
17 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — Hamblen County World War I Memorial
In honored memory of our Hamblen County boys who fought in the World War 1917 – 1919 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Erected and dedicated November 11, 1929 by The American Legion Auxiliary of Morristown Billy Bushong . . . Map (db m210324) WM
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18 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — Hamblen County World War II Memorial
In honored memory of our Hamblen County boys who fought in the World War 1941 – 1945 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Erected and dedicated November 11, 1947 by The American Legion Auxiliary of Morristown Billy Bushong . . . Map (db m210327) WM
19 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — 159 — Hannah J. PriceRoad to the 19th Amendment — National Votes for Women Trail —
Founded Morristown Equal Suffrage League, 1911 & led meetings here. Wrote novel "The Closed Door" advocating votes for women. Lived Here.Map (db m201702) HM
20 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — John Crockett: Frontier Ranger
“My father’s name was John Crockett, and he was of Irish descent. I have learned that he was a soldier in the revolutionary war, and took part in that bloody struggle. He fought, according to my information, in the battle at . . . Map (db m152044) HM
21 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — Melville Milton Murrell1855-1933
Inventor, pioneer in the field of aerodynamics, patented the "American Flying Machine" in 1877, served for 45 years as a Methodist Circuit Rider.Map (db m87971) HM
22 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — 1B42 — Morris Cemetery
A few yards east is the family graveyard of the founders of Morristown. In 1787, Gideon, Daniel and Absalom Morris, formerly of the Watauga Settlement, received grants in this area, from which Gideon deeded the land on which the town was built.Map (db m80441) HM
23 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — Morristown CollegeLegacy Site
“One of Tennessee’s most powerful statements of how the American Civil War transformed the people and places of Appalachia.” – MTSU Center for Historic Preservation. Morristown College, an historic African American . . . Map (db m146233) HM
24 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — 1B 56 — Morristown College Reported missing
Morristown College, a two-year co-educational liberal arts institution, was founded as Morristown Seminary by Reverend Judson S. Hill in 1881. The first building used to provide education for the Negro youth of East Tennessee stood near this site . . . Map (db m128454) HM
25 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — 1B 37 — Panther Springs
½ mile along the Old Stage Road, a thriving pioneer community grew up around the enormous spring at which one Col. Bradley killed a panther. Panther Springs Academy was here. Tate's Store, also the post office, was the meeting place for the . . . Map (db m28484) HM
26 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — Phillips House
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m210319) HM
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27 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — 1B 54 — Return From Kentucky
Passing through here from Cumberland Gap following Bragg's unsuccessful invasion of Kentucky, the newly constituted Army of Tennessee here turned west to Knoxville. Scott's Cavalry Brigade led, followed by a procession of refugees, captured . . . Map (db m80374) HM
28 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — Rural Mount
Built around 1799 of native limestone rock by Alexander Outlaw for his son-in-law Joseph Hamilton and his wife Penelope, original settlers in Bend of the Chucky in 1783. Hamilton served for many years as court clerk of Jefferson county and was a . . . Map (db m84486) HM
29 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — St. Paul Presbyterian Church Lowland
Founded in 1804, the original church was on Flat Creek. The present structure was built in 1857 under the supervision of Col. Joseph Hamilton. Rooms were added in the basement in 1946 and major renovations to the interior made in 1969. The exterior . . . Map (db m126430) HM
30 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — Welcome to the Overlook at Panther Creek State Park
The valley before you was located at the heart of Cherokee Indian tribal territory until the late 1700's Welcome to the Overlook at Panther Creek State Park. The platform, on which you stand, is dedicated in memory of Bill Catron, . . . Map (db m81631) HM
31 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Morristown — Young David CrockettA Teenager’s Epic Journey
“I was twelve years old; and about that time, that I began to make up my acquaintance with hard times, and a plenty of them.” – David Crockett From his Narrative, 1834
Adversities can make or . . . Map (db m152043) HM
32 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Russellville — Bethesda Presbyterian ChurchA Church Divided
Bethesda Presbyterian Church, completed 1835, is a powerful reminder of the effect of the Civil War on the Tennessee home front. As the war clouds gathered, conflicting sympathies divided the congregation, and the church closed its doors. After the . . . Map (db m35659) HM
33 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Russellville — 1B 27 — Hayslope
0.4 mi. Built 1785 by Col. James Roddye, from North Carolina. He was subsequently delegate to the North Carolina Constitutional Convention, magistrate and register of Jefferson County under territorial government and member of Tennessee's first . . . Map (db m81632) HM
34 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Russellville — 1B 30 — Longstreet's Billet
Lt. Gen. James Longstreet's Corps occupied this area during the winter of 1863-64, with the mission of securing east Tennessee to the Confederacy. He and his staff occupied this house at that time. Brig. Gen. Kershaw's troops were to the north of . . . Map (db m22671) HM
35 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Russellville — Longstreet's HeadquartersA Cold Command
In the winter of 1863-1864, after abandoning the siege of Knoxville, Confederate Gen. James Longstreet was given command of the Confederate forces in Upper East Tennessee. He chose Russellville, a small town on the East Tennessee and Virginia . . . Map (db m81633) HM
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36 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Russellville — Russellville AreaFrom Bridge to Bridge — The Role of the Russellville Area During the Civil War —
(Front Side): Early Russellville (1780-1859) The Russellville area was settled shortly after the American Revolution. The first pioneers probably were in the area by 1780-1782, when the land was still known as Indian Territory. Early . . . Map (db m25476) HM
37 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Talbott — Watkins-Witt HouseArrowhill c. 1857
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m210331) HM
38 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Whitesburg — Bent Creek Baptist Church
A part and minority of the Bent Creek Church of 1785 est. here 1881. The Cedar Hill Church merged with this church 1887. Name changed to Catherine Nenney Memorial 1888 in honor of Catherine Nenney Graham, wife of Hugh Graham, wealthy landowner and . . . Map (db m97661) HM
39 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Whitesburg — 1B 28 — Bent Creek Church
This Baptist church is successor to the church established about one mile southwest, by Elder Tidence Lane and Elder William Murphy in 1785. A cemetery is near the original church site, which stood on the Old Stage Road from Abingdon to Knoxville. . . . Map (db m22677) HM
40 Tennessee, Hamblen County, Whitesburg — Tidence Lane1724-1806
Tidence Lane was pastor of the first church in Tennessee, Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church in Washington County, in 1778. He also organized Bent Creek, now Whitesburg Baptist Church in 1785 and was first moderator of the first Baptist . . . Map (db m210315) HM
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Dec. 1, 2023