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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lawrence County, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Lawrence 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> Lawrence County, TN (61) Giles County, TN (73) Lewis County, TN (19) Maury County, TN (124) Wayne County, TN (28) Lauderdale County, AL (239)  LawrenceCounty(61) Lawrence County (61)  GilesCounty(73) Giles County (73)  LewisCounty(19) Lewis County (19)  MauryCounty(124) Maury County (124)  WayneCounty(28) Wayne County (28)  LauderdaleCountyAlabama(239) Lauderdale County (239)
Lawrenceburg is the county seat for Lawrence County
Adjacent to Lawrence County, Tennessee
      Giles County (73)  
      Lewis County (19)  
      Maury County (124)  
      Wayne County (28)  
      Lauderdale County, Alabama (239)  
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1 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Appleton — Sugar Creek EngagementProtecting the Army of Tennessee — Hood's Campaign —
(Preface): In September 1864, after Union Gen. William T. Sherman defeated Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood at Atlanta, Hood led the Army of Tennessee northwest against Sherman's supply lines. Rather than contest Sherman's "March to the Sea," . . . Map (db m82213) HM
2 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — 1786-1836 David CrockettA Tennessee Legacy… — “Be always sure you are right, then go ahead!” —
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 m107422) HM
3 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — A Summary of the Life of Davy Crockett:
“Be always sure you are right, then go ahead!” • Raised in frontier poverty without any education until he is a teenager, David is often hired out to others for additional income while still a child; once held against his will until . . . Map (db m108201) HM
4 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — 3F 8 — Army of TennesseeNov. 22, 1864
Using country roads in this area, the corps of Lt. Gen. Stephen D. Lee moved northward to Columbia, in Hood's attempt to concentrate there and destroy Schofield's force before he could unite with Thomas at Nashville.Map (db m62536) HM
5 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — Col. David Crockett
(front) Erected by gift of the people and the Legislature of Tennessee, to the memory of Col. David Crockett. Born in East Tennessee Aug. 17th, 1786. And gave his life for Texas liberty amid the smoking walls of the . . . Map (db m82214) HM
6 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — Courthouse - Lawrence County TennesseeErected 1905
Cornerstone placed June 19, 1905 by Mimosa Lodge No. 542 F & A M. Lawrence County established 1817. First Courthouse on this site 1821. Commissioners appointed to select site of county seat; David Crockett, Enoch Tucker, Henry Phoenix, Josephus . . . Map (db m82215) HM
7 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — David Crockett
The Frontier Industrialist Using probably every cent of her inheritance and savings, Elizabeth Patton Crockett invested in a business venture with her husband that made sense to this growing frontier community. She and David built a crude . . . Map (db m107435) HM
8 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — 3F 21 — David Crockett's Home
Here David Crockett lived from 1815 to 1822. He was one of the commissioners who laid out the county and selected the site of Lawrenceburg, a colonel in the militia, justice of the peace, member of the legislature and operator of several industries . . . Map (db m63081) HM
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9 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — Garrett House
National Register
Tennessee Historical Commission Garrett House Circa 1895 of Historic PlacesMap (db m192017) HM
10 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — Jackson's Military Road
After returning from the “Battle of New Orleans”, in the War of 1812, General Andrew Jackson saw the need for a shorter, better military road, more suitable to defend the Gulf of Mexico. The September 1816 Treaty with the Chickasaw and . . . Map (db m152134) HM
11 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — James D. Vaughan
Southern gospel pioneer James D. Vaughan was a hymnodist and music publisher who, in the course of promoting his work, created what is now known as the Southern gospel quartet. Vaughan also embraced then-new technologies, radio and records, and . . . Map (db m184867) HM
12 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — 3F 43 — James David Vaughan1864~1941
Born in 1864, James D. Vaughan was a renowned gospel songwriter and publisher. In 1902 he founded the Vaughan Music Company in Lawrenceburg. In 1922, he established radio station WOAN, considered the first radio station licensed in Tennessee. In . . . Map (db m53576) HM
13 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — James David Vaughn 1864-1941
Mr. James Vaughn was an American music teacher, composer, songbook publisher, founder of Vaugh Consevatory of Music, and the James D. Vaughn Publishing Co. He also founded W.O.A.N the very first radio station in the State of Tennessee! Please . . . Map (db m212423) HM
14 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — 3F 35 — James J. Pennington
Born in 1819, he was a Lawrence County farmer, merchant, and inventor of an early flying machine. Patented Sept. 4, 1877, No. 194841. Model exhibited at Scientific Exposition, Louisville, Ky. 1883. Died in 1885. The field at Lawrenceburg Municipal . . . Map (db m29809) HM
15 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — Lawrence County War Casualties
Front and Back "In Tribute and Dedication to the men and women of Lawrence County, Tennessee who served honorably and as a special tribute to those who gave their lives in defense of our country." Both Sides War . . . Map (db m232605) WM
16 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — Lawrence County War Memorial
"In tribute and dedication to the men and women of Lawrence County, Tennessee who served honorably and as a special tribute to those who gave their lives in defense of our country". War Casualties World War I 34 World War II 119 . . . Map (db m53602) WM
17 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — Lawrence County War Memorials
Marker 1 - Front Side War 1812 Admiral James Lawrence Civil War Robert N Alford • Dr. Gary D. Hampton Spanish American War Colonel David Crockett • William B. Allen • Edward W. Clark • George H. Nixon . . . Map (db m232332) WM
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18 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — Lawrenceburg Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Oldest original church building Lawrence County 1851Map (db m192019) HM
19 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — Mexican War Monument
(side 1) Erected to the memory of Capt. W.B. Allen • J.R. Burkett • W.M. Alford • F. Glover • W. Rhodes • A.J. Pratt • A.J. Gibson • A.J. Eaton • Lt. L.M. Putman • J.H. Sanders • J.A. Hill • S.B. Porter • E.W. Thomas • J.F Coffee . . . Map (db m53600) WM
20 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — Museum Honoring David Crockett1786-1836
. . . Map (db m179078) HM
21 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — 3F 20 — Pioneers in Textiles
From 1850 to 1861, the center for the cotton and wool spinning industry was hereabouts, many mills being located on Shoal Creek. First was Hope Factory, built just upstream by William Parks in 1823. Others were Glen Factory, Crescent Mills, Crowson . . . Map (db m63082) HM
22 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — Red-Tailed Hawk
Red-Tailed Hawks are probably the most common hawk in North America. If you’ve got sharp eyes you’ll see several individuals on almost any long car ride, anywhere. Red-tailed Hawks are often seen soaring above open fields, gracefully turning circles . . . Map (db m107432) HM
23 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — Retracing the Trail of Tears
The Bell Route On October 11, 1838, 660 Cherokee led by John Adair Bell left from Fort Cass (present day Charleston, Tennessee) to begin an arduous 700-mile journey. Weak and miserable from being held in removal camps, the people in the Bell . . . Map (db m108202) HM
24 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — Shoal Creek Mill Stone
This mill stone was discovered in Shoal Creek just below where Crockett Falls is today. This is the “runner” stone from an over runner gristmill, that would have ground corn into meal. Crockett’s mill was located in that general area . . . Map (db m114317) HM
25 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — Skirmish at LawrenceburgSaving the Courthouse
In November 1862, Confederate cavalrymen under Col. Albert G. Cooper camped near Lawrenceburg. He confined captured Federal soldiers and Union sympathizers in the jail here on the town square. Union Maj. Thomas C. Fitz Gibbon, commanding the post . . . Map (db m53601) HM
26 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — The Old Natchez Trace
(Marker #1) A Ride on the Old Natchez Trace From this point you may drive over a mile and a half of the Old Trace and see for yourself this frontier road much as it appeared in the early 1800's. En route, stop at the three . . . Map (db m84649) HM
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27 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — They Passed This Way
Long time we travel on way to new land… Womens cry…Children cry and men cry…but they say nothing and just put heads down and keep on go towards West. Many days pass and people die very much. Recollection of a survivor of the Trail of . . . Map (db m108204) HM
28 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — This Monument Marks The Old Natchez Trace
over which pioneers traveled through Lawrence County, Tennessee, which was organized Oct. 21, 1817. The county seat, Lawrenceburg, was created on Nov. 23, 1819, and named in honor of Capt. James Lawrence, naval hero of the War of 1812. . . . Map (db m36078) HM
29 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — Trail of TearsBell Removal Route
The Indian Removal Act of 1830 mandated the removal of all American Indian tribes east of the Mississippi River to lands in the west. The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail commemorates the removal of the Cherokee and the paths that 17 . . . Map (db m63079) HM
30 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — Trail of Tears Memorial
700 Members of the Cherokee Tribe passed through downtown Lawrenceburg on November 5th, 1838 during the forced relocation known as the “Trail of Tears.” Painting by: Burnice Davidson Project funded by: Jones Distribution . . . Map (db m53572) HM
31 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Lawrenceburg — Welcome to David Crockett State Park — Lawrenceburg, Tennessee —
In the summer of 1817, just before his 31st birthday, David Crockett entered Lawrence County with his second wife Elizabeth (his first wife, Polly, died in 1815), her two children from her first husband (James Patton, died in the Creek Indian War in . . . Map (db m107420) HM
32 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — Augustin Lumber Company
Begun as sawmill & planing mill by W.H. & Frank Augustin Continuously operated by Augustin family since 1900Map (db m192036) HM
33 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — Bank of Loretto
(Second Building) Built in 1925 First Bank was a Frame Building 1/2 Block WestMap (db m212422) HM
34 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — Bell
From tower of original white-framed Methodist church Built in 1908 on Old Jackson Highway Also used as Masonic LodgesMap (db m192040) HM
35 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — Church of Christ
Built in 1928 Originally One-Room Concrete Block Building Later EnlargedMap (db m189422) HM
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36 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — First Baptist Church
Built in 1934 Originally a White- Frame Building Later Enlarged and BrickedMap (db m189419) HM
37 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — First Brick House
Built by Matt Miers Circa 1916Map (db m189425) HM
38 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — First Dug Well in Loretto
Circa 1900Map (db m192029) HM
39 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — First Factory
Built in 1928 by Orb White & Bob Green for the manufacturing of Later used for the manufacturing of wooden caskets in LorettoMap (db m192030) HM
40 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — First Hospital
Built by Dr. Eli Ethridge in 1919 Served as Residence & Office Opened as a Hospital in 1957 by Dr. Malcolm WeathersMap (db m189457) HM
41 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — First Telephone Office
Operated by W.H. Wiggerman Family SwitchBoard sat in Upper East RoomMap (db m189413) HM
42 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — Flour Mill
Moved from Blue Water Creek by John Weihoff & Rev. Austerman Operated by George & Joseph Kessler Family-Operated-Continuously since 1985Map (db m192032) HM
43 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — Glenrock Cemetery
Date on oldest grave stone 1894Map (db m192037) HM
44 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — Glen's Stand at Glen RockAndrew Jackson's Military Road
Glen's Stand was a large log house, inn, and tavern. Built pre-1812 by the Glen family in the Mississippi Territory, it was located on a trail beaten out by buffalos, which became part of (Cherokee Chief) Doublehead Trace. It stood at present-day . . . Map (db m146819) HM WM
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45 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — Hollander Hotel1897
Built by John Hollander Operated by family as hostelry until the 1920's.Map (db m192034) HM
46 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — Hollander Store
Built by John Hollander in 1905 Operated by family until 1965Map (db m192035) HM
47 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — Korean Conflict / Vietnam Era
Burns, Buford L. • Busby, James E. • Collins, James R. • Davis, Basil • Eells, Floyd Jr. • Evers, Leonard • Ezell, Mancel W. • Greene, Howard B. • Griffin, Warren G. • Henderson, Malcolm • Henson, Collie • Hughes, Morris E. • . . . Map (db m212420) WM
48 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — Loretto Elementary School1937
Original Frame Structure Burned in 1935Map (db m189420) HM
49 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — Loretto High School1927
[Title and subtitle are text]Map (db m192038) HM
50 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge 1908
An agreement was made with the Masons to build and share the two-story wood clapboard building. Different protestant denominations contributed labor, materials, and money. The graveyard, donated in 1908, became Loretto Cemetery after the church . . . Map (db m101814) HM
51 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — Oldest House in Loretto
Built in 1889 by John Henkel Fred & Ann Beckman lived here until 1965Map (db m192039) HM
52 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — Putman's Barber Shop
First located in Bob Green's store in 1928 "Putt's" Barber Shop operated continuously until 2001Map (db m192033) HM
53 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — Sacred Heart Church
Completed May 1912 Original White-Framed Church built in 1872 Listed on National Historical RegisterMap (db m189416) HM
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54 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — Site of First Post Office
Built by early Postmaster Willam Albert Cleveland Circa 1890Map (db m189414) HM
55 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — Site of Loretto Depot
Built in 1906 Closed in 1957Map (db m189417) HM
56 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — World War I (Lawrence County)
Brewer, Alva M. • Brewer, Robert T. L. • Burks, Thomas C. • Butler, Fletcher W. • Chambers, William A. • Crane, Leo C. • Davis, Wallace H. • Freeman, Everett • Garretson, Teddy • Hardiman, Mack V. • Harlan, George • Hay, Mark . . . Map (db m212419) WM
57 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Loretto — World War II
Abrams, Benjamin A. • Abrams, Louella (RN) • Alexandra, Edward L. • Arnold, Paul H. • Beasley, Leland V. • Bivins, Neal B. • Bradley, William E. • Brink, Robert J. • Bryant, Robert J. • Burgess, R.O. Wilford • Busby, Clarence G. . . . Map (db m212421) WM
58 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Summertown — Fouche Springs Engagement"A perfect stampede" — Hood's Campaign —
(preface) In September 1864, after Union Gen. William T. Sherman defeated Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood at Atlanta, Hood led the Army of Tennessee northwest against Sherman’s supply lines. Rather than contest Sherman’s “March to the . . . Map (db m75016) HM
59 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Summertown — Lawrence County World War I Memorial
(side 1) USA 1917-1919 Remembered (side 2) Erected in honor of the fifty heroic men from the 11th and 13th Civil Districts Lawrence Co. Tenn. who served in the Army and Navy of the U.S. in the World War 1917 - 1919 . . . Map (db m53568) HM
60 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Summertown — 3F 19 — McMillan's Stand
Later known as the Absalom Alexander Stand, it stood about 100 yards east, on the Military Road. A relay station and stage tavern, it was established about 1850 and functioned until operations by both armies in the war between the states caused its . . . Map (db m28662) HM
61 Tennessee, Lawrence County, Summertown — 3F 23 — Pleasant Garden Reported missing
About four miles west, this was the scene of the first known settlement in Lawrence County. The Crosthwaite family came in 1804, the Walkers in 1809. A Cumberland Presbyterian church was established here shortly thereafter. Descendants of both . . . Map (db m80316) HM
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Feb. 25, 2024