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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Haywood County, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Haywood 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> Haywood County, TN (46) Crockett County, TN (10) Fayette County, TN (18) Hardeman County, TN (19) Lauderdale County, TN (19) Madison County, TN (123) Tipton County, TN (34)  HaywoodCounty(46) Haywood County (46)  CrockettCounty(10) Crockett County (10)  FayetteCounty(18) Fayette County (18)  HardemanCounty(19) Hardeman County (19)  LauderdaleCounty(19) Lauderdale County (19)  MadisonCounty(123) Madison County (123)  TiptonCounty(34) Tipton County (34)
Brownsville is the county seat for Haywood County
Adjacent to Haywood County, Tennessee
      Crockett County (10)  
      Fayette County (18)  
      Hardeman County (19)  
      Lauderdale County (19)  
      Madison County (123)  
      Tipton County (34)  
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1 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Army National Guard
The Army National Guard predates the founding of our nation by almost one hundred fifty years. It is the oldest component of our armed forces. Today's National Guard is the direct descendent of the militias of the thirteen original colonies. The . . . Map (db m52989) HM
2 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — 4D 26 — Bradford's Landing
Hiram S. and Miles Bradford inaugurated this landing in 1824. Together with Brownsville Landing, 10 miles upriver, it was a river terminal for the first settlers and commerce in this area. Hiram Bradford established the first cotton gin and store in . . . Map (db m53034) HM
3 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — 4D 25 — Brownsville
Col. Richard Nixon, veteran of the New Orleans campaign, War of 1812 , settled four miles east of here in 1821. First county court met in his house. Brownsville became the county seat in 1823 and the first courthouse was built of logs in 1824.Map (db m53001) HM
4 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Brownsville Public School / Haywood County Memorial Hospital
Brownsville Public School A grammar school built in the late 1800s stood here. This was the Brownsville Public School with grades 1-8. Circa 1910 grades 9-12 were added. When Haywood County started a high school, B.P.S. discontinued high school . . . Map (db m194160) HM
5 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Church Bell History
The church bell first rang over 100 years ago to summon the newly freed slaves to worship in the framed church that had been built to replace the brush arbor. The brush arbor had sheltered the newly organized Woodlawn Missionary Baptist Church since . . . Map (db m200703) HM
6 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — College Hill Center Historic District
Brownsville Baptist Female College Established 1850 Haywood County High School 1911-1970 National Register of Historic Places 1979Map (db m194152) HM
7 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — 4D 49 — DunbarHaywood County Training — Carver High Schools —
Dunbar, the first permanent school for persons of African descent in Brownsville, was built in the late 1860s with money raised by the black community. John Gloster was principal from 1886 to 1915. Many early graduates studied at Roger Williams . . . Map (db m53003) HM
8 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — 4D 61 — Elbert Williams1908 - 1940
Elbert Williams, an African American Haywood County native, was one of the early members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) killed in the United States for his civil rights work. He and his wife Annie became . . . Map (db m148798) HM
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9 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Felsenthal's
Brownsville's oldest mercantile business was established at this location in 1849. Known at one time as Felsenthal Bros. and Sons, later to become Felsenthal's Dept. Store, it was destroyed by fire in 1980.Map (db m194122) HM
10 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Fighting for FreedomHaywood County African American Soldiers
Before President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, black men were forbidden to serve as U.S. soldiers. Eventually, more than 200,000 African Americans enlisted in U.S. Colored Troops regiments during the last . . . Map (db m194093) HM
11 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — First United Methodist Church
When Hiram Bradford settled in Brownsville, 1824, he found Reuben Alphin preaching here. Methodists built the first church in Brownsville in 1832, west of the square. A second was built on the present site in 1848, and in 1869 a third, which burned. . . . Map (db m194113) HM
12 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Flagg Grove School
Built on one acre of land given by Benjamin Flagg in 1889, this one-room African American schoolhouse began as a Subscription School offereing education for grades 1-8 until the mid-1960s. Moved from its original location lear the small farming . . . Map (db m175083) HM
13 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Gen. Jacob Jennings Brown
Born May 9, 1775, Bucks County, PA. Appointed Brig. Gen. U.S. Army July 19, 1813. Distinguished himself in War of 1812 at Ogdensburg, Sackett's Harbor, Was severely wounded at Niagara. Senior officer of U.S. Army at war's end. First commissioners . . . Map (db m52987) HM
14 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Golden Circle Life Insurance Company
The National Register Tennessee Historical Commission Golden Circle Life Insurance Company of Historic PlacesMap (db m194062) HM
15 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Hayes Clinic
Dr. James E. Hayes, M.D., built a medical clinic here in 1939 that included a hospital in the basement. Acquired by Dr. J. K. Welch, M.D., in 1947, and by Donald R. Spencer, M.D., in 1978; medical practices ceased in 2012.Map (db m194124) HM
16 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Haywood County Confederate Monument
[Front (east) side] To the Confederate dead of Haywood County. [South side] To the faithful Confederate women of Haywood County, 1861-1865 [West side] Belmont, Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, . . . Map (db m194094) WM
17 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Haywood County Courthouse
The first brick Haywood County Courthouse was erected in 1844. In 1868, the Tennessee Supreme Court met in the west wing which was added for that purpose.Map (db m194105) HM
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18 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Haywood County Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the people from Haywood County TN. who made the supreme sacrifice defending our country. May they always be remembered and their sacrifice not be in vain. Sponsored by V.F.W. Post 4838 in remembrance of Elmer . . . Map (db m194109) WM
19 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Haywood County War Memorial
Dedicated in memory of those from Haywood County who made the supreme sacrifice and in honor of all those men and women who served their country in war. Their serving has made this a better place to live.Map (db m194128) WM
20 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Haywood County's C.S.A. Colonels
Alsey High Bradford (1822-1906) Col., 31st Tenn. Inf., C.S.A.; promoted narrow gauge railroad; member of School Board and held other important city and county positions. Hiram Bradford - Brevetted Lt. Col., C.S.A.; Adj.-Gen., Chief of Staff, . . . Map (db m194154) HM
21 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Holly Springs–Brownsville & Ohio Railroad
Site of the HSB&O Railroad Yards. Here were a 16-car siding, water tank and tool house. The Depot was north, across West Main St., later a part of the Howard Bennett house. The R. R. was chartered c. 1869. Haywood Co. subscribed $100,000 of the . . . Map (db m194163) HM
22 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Hutchison-Elcan-Lynn1867
National Register of Historic PlacesMap (db m194115) HM
23 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — In Memory of Rev. Harden SmithBorn 1835 • Died 1929
Organized Woodlawn Baptist Church in 1866 and was its pastor 56 yearsMap (db m200711) HM
24 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — James Bond1799-1873
James Bond followed his uncle, Thomas Bond to Haywood Co. from Bertie Co., North Carolina with his family in 1836. He built one of the greatest fortunes in Tennessee by the cultivation of its soil (he owned 35,400 acres). Mr. Bond, great . . . Map (db m200701) HM
25 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Joseph Wingate Folk1869 - 1923
Born in Brownsville; Vanderbilt School of Law 1890; practiced law in Brownsville, then St. Louis, MO; Circuit Attorney for St. Louis 1900; his anti-corruption successes led to election as Governor of Missouri 1905-1909; Solicitor General of U.S. . . . Map (db m194162) HM
26 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Lot Number 1
Site of lot number 1 of the town of Brownsville which was purchased by Hiram Bradford in 1825, who established a hotel and business here. Later Emil Tamm & Sons, who were in business in Brownsville for 96 years, were at this location.Map (db m194089) HM
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27 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Medical Clinic1939-2012
Hayes-Welch-Johnson-Spencer, MDs Young, DDS National Register Historic District 2014 Haywood Heritage 2021Map (db m194125) HM
28 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Opera House
Site of the Opera House where for many years the famous and not so famous of their day performed. Notable among their number were John Phillip Sousa's band and W. C. Handy. The three-story building was destroyed by fire in December, 1931.Map (db m194088) HM
29 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Pythian Hotel
Here stood the Pythian Hotel, built circa 1893 by Brownsville Lodge 14 Knights of Pythias. Later renamed the Everett Hotel in the 1920s, the Colonial Hotel in the late 1940s, demolished in 1968.Map (db m194087) HM
30 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Rawls Funeral Home
The National Register Tennessee Historical Commission Rawls Funeral Home of Historic PlacesMap (db m194086) HM
31 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Richard Halliburton
Born in Brownsville, TN, Jan. 9, 1900, the son of Wesley and Nell Halliburton. Moved to Memphis at an early age. Came back to Brownsville many times to visit family and friends. Graduated from Princeton 1921. Set out on a world tour, the results his . . . Map (db m194158) HM
32 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — 4D 24 — Tabernacle
1.8 miles. This community was settled in 1826 by the Rev. Howell Taylor and his five sons. Haywood County's first schoolhouse was here; it also served as a church. The Taylor Kinfolks Camp Meeting was held here annually for over a century.Map (db m52978) HM
33 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Temple Adas Israel
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Temple Adas Israel Congregation established 1867Map (db m194117) HM
34 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — The Brownsville Raids“They burnt down a good part of Brownsville”
Brownsville's courthouse square resembled a battleground as residents and businesses suffered from repeated raids during the war. Confederate raiders arrested two cotton brokers and four other Brownsville residents on July 25, 1862. A Memphis . . . Map (db m199328) HM
35 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — The Carnegie Library
Built in 1910 with $7500 donated by Scottish-born industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, this building served as the county library for 82 years. In 1957 it became the Brownsville-Haywood County Library, part of Tennessee's regional . . . Map (db m194129) HM
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36 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Wesleyan Female College
On this site stood the Wesleyan Female College, started circa 1869. This institution offered courses in ancient and modern languages, instrumental music, vocal lessons and ornamental branches, with collegiate, academic and primary departments. . . . Map (db m119112) HM
37 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Woodlawn Baptist Church
The National Register Tennessee Historical Association Woodlawn Baptist Church Est. 1866 of Historic PlacesMap (db m200728) HM
38 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Yellow Fever
Victims of the 1878 yellow fever epidemic are buried in this cemetery. Of the 844 reported cases, it is known that there were more than 200 deaths. Elsewhere in this cemetery is a marker to Sergeant Mike McGrath, a member of the Howard Society and a . . . Map (db m194149) HM
39 Tennessee, Haywood County, Brownsville — Zion Church
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m194120) HM
40 Tennessee, Haywood County, Dancyville — Burchett Douglass1793-1849
Born Oct. 6, 1793, in Sumner Co. Tenn. Married 1819 to Martha McGee, seven children. Private, War of 1812, enlisted Jan 28, 1814 in Capt. Allen Wilkinson's Company, discharged April 2, 1814. Established Bank of Fayette Co., president until death. . . . Map (db m53099) HM
41 Tennessee, Haywood County, Dancyville — Dancyville United Methodist Church
This site was deeded for a church on April 1, 1835. The congregation was organized and a log structure built in 1837. The present church was completed in 1850. It was constructed of hand-sawed timber cut on the grounds. It survives as the oldest . . . Map (db m53098) HM
42 Tennessee, Haywood County, Dancyville — James K. Polk / James C. Jones
Here on June 23, 1841, James K. Polk, Governor of Tennessee, running for re-election debated James C. Jones, both masters of the stump speech. James “Lean Jimmy” Jones, a Whig, who was a natural mimic and actor, defeated Polk and served . . . Map (db m53118) HM
43 Tennessee, Haywood County, Stanton — Stanton
The town of Stanton was established c.1856 with the coming of the Memphis & Ohio Railroad. J.B. Stanton on whose land part of the town was built is credited as the town founder. Most of the town of Wesley moved to Stanton to be on the R.R. After the . . . Map (db m53083) HM
44 Tennessee, Haywood County, Stanton — 4D 45 — Stanton Masonic Lodge And School
Built in 1871, just six years after the end of the Civil War, the Stanton Lodge and School enjoyed dual purposes from its beginning. Before the arrival of free public education, concerned Masons constructed the two-story building as a place to . . . Map (db m53035) HM
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45 Tennessee, Haywood County, Stanton — 4D 23 — Wesley
Named for John Wesley, this town was laid off northwest of its Methodist Church in 1829, on property of Samuel Ashe, son and grandson of North Carolina governors. Town was removed and named for Joseph B. Stanton with coming of railroad. The cemetery . . . Map (db m53062) HM
46 Tennessee, Haywood County, Woodland — Woodland Baptist Church / Woodland School
Woodland Baptist Church. Woodland Baptist Church had its roots in Brown's Creek Baptist Church which was located at the present site of Woodland Cemetery. It was established by Rev. Obadiah Dodson, Samuel Brown and other settlers. In 1835 . . . Map (db m194049) HM
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Dec. 5, 2023