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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Warren County, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Warren 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> Warren County, TN (33) Cannon County, TN (11) Coffee County, TN (67) DeKalb County, TN (15) Grundy County, TN (24) Sequatchie County, TN (5) Van Buren County, TN (10) White County, TN (23)  WarrenCounty(33) Warren County (33)  CannonCounty(11) Cannon County (11)  CoffeeCounty(67) Coffee County (67)  DeKalbCounty(15) DeKalb County (15)  GrundyCounty(24) Grundy County (24)  SequatchieCounty(5) Sequatchie County (5)  VanBurenCounty(10) Van Buren County (10)  WhiteCounty(23) White County (23)
McMinnville is the county seat for Warren County
Adjacent to Warren County, Tennessee
      Cannon County (11)  
      Coffee County (67)  
      DeKalb County (15)  
      Grundy County (24)  
      Sequatchie County (5)  
      Van Buren County (10)  
      White County (23)  
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1 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — 16th Tenn. Reg’t. C.S.A. Memorial
In memory of those members of the 16th Tenn. Reg’t C.S.A. killed in battle, whose names are inscribed hereon. Erected by their Colonel John H. Savage, 1904. Company A. Capt. L. N. Savage, Lieut. G.W. Witt, Lieut. R.B. . . . Map (db m69209) WM
2 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — 2E 68 — Anthia Brady Hughes1868-1949 — Willie Hughes -1895-1986 —
Anthia Brady worked on riverboats on the Tennessee River in the late 1800s. After her marriage, Anthia Brady Hughes opened Hughes Studio in McMinnville in 1898. In 1918, her daughter, Willie, entered McMinnville's Southern School of Photography. . . . Map (db m37590) HM
3 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — 2E 49 — Camp Smartt
This staging and training area was established in the summer of 1861 by Benjamin J. Hill, who organized and commanded here the 35th Tenn. Infantry, CSA, until his promotion to Brigadier General. Discontinued for a time, the camp was reactivated in . . . Map (db m37745) HM
4 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — 2E 74 — Carl T. Rowan1925-2000
Born on August 11, 1925, Carl T. Rowan spent his formative years in McMinnville. During World War II, at the age of 19, he won one of the first fifteen Navy commissions granted to African Americans. During President John F. Kennedy's Administration, . . . Map (db m37587) HM
5 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — Charles Faulkner Bryan1911-1955
A native of Warren County, Charles Faulkner Bryan was a pioneer in the study of American folk music. Through his talented efforts, this distinctively American form of musical expression gained worldwide fame and appreciation. He worked closely with . . . Map (db m83052) HM
6 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — 2E 73 — Clay FaulknerApril 11, 1845 - August 26, 1916
In 1873, Clay Faulkner opened Mountain City Woolen Mills. He built a mansion in 1896 named Falcon Rest, which had indoor plumbing, electricity, central steam heat, and a telephone. After finding mineral springs on the grounds, he converted the . . . Map (db m63841) HM
7 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — Cumberland CavernsSaltpeter Mine
Even before Tennessee joined the Confederacy in 1861, officials examined the state’s caves for the nitrogen-containing compound called saltpeter, an essential ingredient in gunpowder. The soil at Cumberland Caverns was ideal—saltpeter had been . . . Map (db m83053) HM
8 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — Cumberland CavernsRegistered Natural Landmark
Cumberland Caverns has been designated Registered Natural Landmark This site possesses exceptional value as an illustration of the Nation's natural heritage and contributes to a better understanding of man's environment. 1976 National . . . Map (db m216725) HM
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9 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — 2E 80 — Dorothea J. Snow1909-2007
Born in 1909, Dorothea Johnston Snow, a native of McMinnville, began writing professionally during the Great Depression. In 1944 her first book — No-Good, The Dancing Donkey — was published. Snow illustrated children's magazines, coloring . . . Map (db m177933) HM
10 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — Dottie West — Tennessee Music Pathways —
Recording star and songwriter Dottie West was at the heart of country music for three decades. She scored more than 60 hits, mentored a generation of singers, and became a model of resilience in the face of personal crises and a rollercoaster . . . Map (db m197483) HM
11 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — Elisha Pepper IIPioneer — 1777-1869 —
First white settler to Warren County Tennessee-1800 Son of Elisha Pepper I A Revolutionary Soldier killed in the Battle of Kings Mountain South Carolina 7 October 1780 Map (db m69204) HM
12 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — 2E 36 — Forrest's BivouacJuly 11, 1862
Crossing Tennessee River on July 9, Forrest's brigade marched here in two columns, where he received reinforcements of four companies. His force bivouacked in this vicinity; the following morning it marched toward Murfreesboro, where the Federal . . . Map (db m76030) HM
13 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — Gen. Benjamin J. Hill"Lion of Ben Lomond" (1825-1880)
Benjamin Jefferson Hill was nicknamed the "Lion of Ben Lomond" (for Ben Lomond Mountain, near which he lived as a boy). His affection for his home inspired his battle cry, "Come on Boys, recollect the mountains." Hill became a merchant and the . . . Map (db m153638) HM
14 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — 2E 59 — Higgenbotham's Cave
Located in Cardwell Mountain, two miles north, the cave was discovered in ca. 1810 by Aaron Higgenbotham, early surveyor and turnpike builder. For over a century the cave has been renowned for its vastness and rare formations. Higgenbotham built a . . . Map (db m37500) HM
15 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — 2E 37 — Kentucky-Alabama Road
First opened in 1806, it ran from Monticello, Ky., to Huntsville, Ala., then in Indian territory. Entering Tennessee near Celina, it passed through Cookeville to Viola and Winchester. It follows the road south through Shellsford in this section.Map (db m83054) HM
16 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — 2E 64 — Lucy Virginia Smith French
Poet and author, born 1825 in Accomac County, Va. Moved to Memphis ca. 1845, where she taught school and published poetry under the pseudonym “L’Inconnue”. Editor of several Southern literary magazines; married John French in 1853; moved . . . Map (db m60405) HM
17 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — 2E 54 — Morgan's Headquarters
To a house which stood nearby, belonging to Dr. J. B. Armstrong, Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan brought his bride, the former Martha Ready, of Murfreesboro, when establishing his cavalry command in this area. The house served as his headquarters . . . Map (db m35482) HM
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18 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — Occupation of McMinnvilleConflict on the Home Front
Early in 1861, when the state first voted on secession, Warren County residents, like many Tennesseans, opposed it. When balloting next occurred in June 1861, however, sentiment overwhelmingly favored secession, and county residents voted nearly 100 . . . Map (db m83055) HM
19 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — POW and MIA Memorial
Dedicated to the Prisoners of War; and those Missing in Action, whose supreme sacrifice helped keep America Free. (seal) American Ex-Prisoners of War-moh solum armis. Luther A. Solomon • Joe H. Green • J.E. Ferrell • Oliver E. Bess • John H. . . . Map (db m107627) WM
20 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — Railroad TownA Series of Occupations
McMinnville's location at the end of the Manchester and McMinnville Railroad shaped the town's Civil War experiences. Strategically important industries here included pork and mule breeding, fruit and apple brandy production, a textile mill, and . . . Map (db m153647) HM
21 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — Symbol of Strength
Like the mighty white oak this Bicentennial monument represents, Warren County’s roots are anchored deeply into the bedrock of history. This memorial symbolizes the beauty, vitality and vigor of our county and cities. Natural Tennessee marble . . . Map (db m83056) HM
22 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — The Birthing Tree
Standing as a silent sentinel to the town, this enormous white oak (Quercus alba) welcomes travelers into the city of McMinnville. This tree is 85 feet tall, a crown spread of 125 feet, and a possible age of over 250 years old. It has several lower . . . Map (db m76028) HM
23 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — Uncle Dave Macon1870-1952
This great country music star was born 300 yds. East of Hickory Creek on the Lawson Mill Road, 6.6 miles SW of here. David Harrison Macon was the son of John and Martha Ann Ramsey Macon. His grandfather, Harrison H. Macon, settled in Warren county . . . Map (db m37592) HM
24 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — 2E 69 — W. S. "Dad" Lively1855 - 1944
In 1875, W. S. “Dad” Lively, a McMinnville native, began his photographic career. His studio was located on the 2nd floor in the Lively Building on Main Street. In 1904, on this spot, Lively opened the Southern School of Photography . . . Map (db m60404) HM
25 Tennessee, Warren County, McMinnville — 2E 60 — Warren County's Nursery Industry Reported missing
This region probably has the largest number of native woody plant species on earth. In 1887 J. H. H. Boyd began collecting seeds and plants from forests to sell around the world. With sons Fernando and Jim, he located near McMinnville in 1904. . . . Map (db m60406) HM
26 Tennessee, Warren County, Morrison — 2E 65 — Skirmish at Guest HollowAugust 29, 1862
At 1:00 p.m. General Nathan Bedford Forrest's Cavalry attacked the federal stockade located next to the railroad. In the short but fierce struggle, General Forrest's command suffered 180 casualties. Twelve Confederates were buried on the field of . . . Map (db m83057) HM
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27 Tennessee, Warren County, Rock Island — “Minnow Box” Springhouse
This quaint site centers around a natural, free-flowing underground spring. The small stone enclosure, a spring house, was likely built in the early 1900s when the Tennessee Electric Power Company (TEPCO) operated the dam nearby. This spring house . . . Map (db m184516) HM
28 Tennessee, Warren County, Rock Island — Falls City (Great Falls) Cotton Mill1892-1902
1892 - Falls City Cotton Mill was built by Asa Faulkner and several others. It was the only textile mill in Warren County prior to 1930. The mill was in operation until the great flood of 1902, which destroyed many of the mills in the region. . . . Map (db m184508) HM
29 Tennessee, Warren County, Rock Island — 3E 84 — Great Falls HP-Spencer 46-kv Transmission Line
Tennessee Power Co. built the 12.1-mile long Great Falls-Spencer 46-kv Transmission Line in 1913 as part of a 151-mile line connecting the Ocoee No. 1 Hydroelectric Plant to Nashville. H.M. Byllesby & Co. designed the towers and the Nashville Bridge . . . Map (db m184497) HM
30 Tennessee, Warren County, Rock Island — 2E 38 — Rodgers' Tavern
This tavern on the Kentucky-Alabama Road was established by John D. Rodgers, veteran of the War of 1812 and of Jackson's Florida Campaign. He also operated Rodgers' Ferry, 0.4 miles northeast, opposite the island which gave this town its name.Map (db m83058) HM
31 Tennessee, Warren County, Rock Island — Spring Castle
The Spring Castle is an elaborate spring house built while the textile mill was in operation. The reservoir behind the wall contains water from a natural spring. This provided water to the mill and surrounding houses for everyday use as well as fire . . . Map (db m184515) HM
32 Tennessee, Warren County, Rock Island — The Old Kentucky Road
Immigrant Route through Middle TennesseeMap (db m83059) HM
33 Tennessee, Warren County, Rock Island — 2E 88 — Webb HotelCa. 1910
The circa 1910 Webb Hotel served early commercial lodging in Rock Island, Tennessee. Great Falls Dam, which opened in 1917, resulted in making the community one of Tennessee's premier resort towns. Sunday dinners, the floating Collins River swimming . . . Map (db m184522) HM
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May. 28, 2023