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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Columbia, Tennessee

 
Clickable Map of Maury County, Tennessee and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Maury County, TN (113) Giles County, TN (71) Hickman County, TN (18) Lawrence County, TN (54) Lewis County, TN (13) Marshall County, TN (32) Williamson County, TN (386)  MauryCounty(113) Maury County (113)  GilesCounty(71) Giles County (71)  HickmanCounty(18) Hickman County (18)  LawrenceCounty(54) Lawrence County (54)  LewisCounty(13) Lewis County (13)  MarshallCounty(32) Marshall County (32)  WilliamsonCounty(386) Williamson County (386)
Columbia is the county seat for Maury County
Columbia is in Maury County
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1Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — "Betty Lee Park"
Betty Lee Erwin McCord (1925-1953), a Maury County, TN native, was dedicated to the health and well-being of the youth of this area. Our beloved “Betty Lee” was a physical education teacher and girls basketball coach at Columbia . . . Map (db m151183) HM
2Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 83 — 1946 Columbia Race Riot / A.J. Morton Funeral Home
1946 Columbia Race Riot. In February 1946 a struggle between an African American World War II veteran, James Stephenson, and a white shopkeeper over a radio repair order sparked a riot, fueled by law enforcement officers who raided the African . . . Map (db m97098) HM
3Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 18 — Advance and Retreat
In this house, Lt. Gen. Hood established his command post while bypassing Maj. Gen. Schofield's force at Columbia, Nov. 24, 1864. Here also, Dec. 20, Maj. Gen. Forrest issued orders for covering the retreat southward of the Army of Tennessee. On . . . Map (db m75040) HM
4Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Alfred Osborn Pope NicholsonB. August 31, 1808 - D. March 23, 1876
Born in Williamson County, A.O.P. Nicholson attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at the age of fifteen. When he graduated four years later, Nicholson studied medicine and, later, law. He was admitted to the bar in 1831 and began . . . Map (db m196593) HM
5Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Andrew JohnsonFrom Poverty to Presidency
Walking from Decatur, Alabama to Columbia in the 1820s as a poor illiterate boy in his teens, Andrew Johnson came to Columbia to seek work as a tailor's apprentice. Not much is known about his time spent here. We know his home was on or near 207 . . . Map (db m168626) HM
6Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Athenaeum RectorySchool and Headquarters
After the Rev. Franklin Gillette Smith took charge of the Columbia Female Institute in 1837, he moved his wife and family into the rectory (completed in 1835) to your left. In 1852, he started his own school here, the Columbia Athenaeum. When the . . . Map (db m168638) HM
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7Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Bethel House Hotel / The Princess Theatre1882 - 1949
Bethel House Hotel On this site stood the stately, historic Bethel House Hotel, built by W. D. Bethel. Construction was the commercial center of Columbia. The first floor was devoted to stores, restaurants and offices. The second floor held a . . . Map (db m140724) HM
8Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 47 — Billy Direct
This horse, which set a mile pacing record of 1:55 in 1938, was foaled here in 1931. His dam was Gay Forbes. His sire, Napoleon Direct (1:59 3/4), is buried here. Here, also, is buried Haynes' Peacock, champion Tennessee Walking Horse, 1940 and . . . Map (db m75049) HM
9Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 62 — Birthplace of James Percy Priest
J. Percy Priest, the son of George M. and Axie Priest, was born on April 1, 1900, one mile west on the old Theta Road. From January 3, 1941 until his death on October 12, 1956, he served as U. S. Congressman from the Fifth District. Priest . . . Map (db m172072) HM
10Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Brigadier General John Carpenter CarterB. December 19, 1837 – D. December 10, 1864
Born in Waynesboro, Georgia, John Carpenter Carter attended the University of Virginia from 1854 until 1856 when he began the study of law at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee under the tutelage of Judge Abram Caruthers. Carter would later . . . Map (db m196620) HM
11Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Camille Leonie HerndonSeptember 29, 1869 - March 15, 1963 — Daughter of Joseph Pomfred and Josephine Maurice Herndon —
"Miss Camille" was a Maury County native and lifelong resident of West Seventh Street in Columbia, Tennessee. She was a graduate of the Columbia Female Institute, where she taught a number of years. She studied organ music at the Cincinnati . . . Map (db m151179) HM
12Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Capt. John GordonB. July 15, 1763 – D. 1819
Born near Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1763, John Gordon settled in Nashville about 1782. On the frontier, Gordon made a name for himself as an Indian fighter. He was commissioned by Territorial Governor William Blount as a militia captain in 1793. . . . Map (db m196621) HM
13Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Capt. Meade FriersonB. January 30, 1895 – D. August 29, 1918 — Rose Hill Cemetery —
Born to a wealthy and distinguished Maury County family, Frierson graduated from Columbia Military Academy at the age of sixteen with the highest scholastic honors the young school had ever seen. A very talented writer, Frierson spent his summers . . . Map (db m196827) HM
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14Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 80 — College Hill High School
College Hill School, originally known as the Colored Public School, was the first public school for African Americans in Maury County. Established in 1881, the school's first principal was J.H. Kelly. In 1885 W.I. Lewis, who served as principal . . . Map (db m151169) HM
15Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Columbia Fire Department1868-2018
Since its beginning in 1868, under the command of Captain Thomas A. Butler, the Columbia Fire Department has answered the call to serve the Columbia community. It has become one of the top-rated fire departments in the country, thanks to the hard . . . Map (db m151173) HM
16Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 68 — Columbia Military Academy1904 - 1979
In 1888, local residents gave 67 acres to the U.S. Army for an arsenal. The Bowling Green stone buildings quartered troops in the Spanish–American war. Columbia Military Academy was founded in 1904 and opened formally August 23, 1905 with 167 . . . Map (db m63117) HM
17Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 45 — Davis' FordNov. 25, 1864
About 1½ miles northeast, the Army of Tennessee, less S.D. Lee's Corps and most of the army's artillery, crossed Duck River on a pontoon bridge. Cavalry, under Forrest, crossed here and at other points, screening the movement. Gen. Lee's Corps . . . Map (db m75042) HM
18Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Delaying Forrest"...a decided stand" — 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 m28688) HM
19Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Edward Franklin “Pop” GeersB. January 25, 1851 - D. September 3, 1924
Known as the “Silent Man from Tennessee” and the “Grand Old Man of the Turf,” Ed Geers was born just west of Lebanon, Tennessee in Wilson County. There in Wilson County, he made a name for himself training and racing horses, and that is what . . . Map (db m196598) HM
20Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Edward Ward CarmackB. November 5, 1858 – D. November 9, 1908
Carmack was born in Sumner County, Tennessee. Just a few years after his birth, his father died, leaving his mother to care for the small family. She found employment at the fledgling Webb School in Culleoka and brought her young family to Maury . . . Map (db m196614) HM
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21Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Elm SpringsEnd of the Burn Line — Hood’s Campaign —
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,” Hood then moved . . . Map (db m202159) HM
22Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Fairview ParkColumbia, Tennessee
In May 1938, the City of Columbia purchased 7.81 acres of land from Mrs. Ida L. Padgett in the amount of $585.75 for the first park dedicated to the African American community. Mr. Henry ‘Chick’ Shelton, a member of the City Park Commission, . . . Map (db m156525) HM
23Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — First County Seat Location
Maury County was created by act of the General Assembly of Tennessee Nov. 16, 1807 Organized Dec. 21, 1807 in the log home of Joseph Brown about 400 yards west of this point. The county seat was moved to Columbia Dec. 21, 1808 First . . . Map (db m156895) HM
24Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 19 — Forrest and CapronNov. 24 1864
Forrest's cavalry, screening the advance of Stewart's Corps on Columbia met Capron's Cavalry Brigade in this locality and chased it back to Columbia, where the presence of Stanley's XXIII Corps behind entrenchments gave them protection and prevented . . . Map (db m28659) HM
25Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 85 — Freedmen's Savings Bank and Trust Company
In 1865, the U.S. Congress chartered the Freedmen's Savings and Trust Company, known as the Freedmen's Bank, to aid freed persons in their transition from enslavement to freedom. In 1870, Samuel M. Arnell and J.P. Baird established the Columbia, . . . Map (db m151176) HM
26Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Frierson Cemetery
(side 1) Given by Willis Frierson to his slaves. Oldest marker is Milly Embry, 1861. Jim Frierson who was stolen from his family as a child is buried here with his wife Vinnie and many descendents including Napoleon Frierson for whom the . . . Map (db m97094) HM
27Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 79 — GrafTech International / National Carbon Company
GrafTech Internaitonal Since 1937, GrafTech has called Maury County home, welcoming multiple generations of employees and supporting thousands of families. The site was chosen in part because of the newly formed Tennessee Valley Authority, . . . Map (db m151182) HM
28Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 20 — Greenwood
Land for this cemetery was part of a North Carolina grant to Nicholas Long; John White deeded to the city of Columbia in 1808. Here are buried, among pioneers of the "Territory South of the River Ohio" and other early settlers, Major Samuel Polk and . . . Map (db m148447) HM
29Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Historic Elm SpringsInternational Headquarters of Sons of Confederate Veterans
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30Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 13 — Hood and SchofieldNov. 24, 1864
Arriving at Columbia ahead of the Confederates, Schofield entrenched around the town. Hood, arriving Nov. 26, demonstrated against his position, with Lee's corps and most of his artillery, while the rest of the Army of Tennessee crossed Duck River . . . Map (db m28671) HM
31Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 29 — Hood's Maneuver
Sending Lee's Corps and the bulk of his army's artillery toward Columbia to engage and hold Schofield in check, Hood moved the Confederate Army of Tennessee east along this road to Davis's Ford of Duck River. Here he crossed, to place himself across . . . Map (db m152136) HM
32Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — James Edwin R. CarpenterArchitect of the Maury County Court House
James Carpenter was born in Columbia during the Civil War. He was educated in Columbia, and in preparation for a professional career, studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. He . . . Map (db m177497) HM
33Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — James K. PolkRise to the White House
Prior to his presidency, James K. Polk was a successful lawyer in Columbia. He was admitted to the Maury County bar in 1820 following his graduation from the University of North Carolina. Polk's first case ended successfully when he defended his . . . Map (db m168615) HM
34Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — James K. Polk HouseFor the Union
This house, constructed in 1816, is the only surviving Tennessee residence associated with the nation's eleventh president. James Knox Polk (1795-1849) lived here from 1818 to 1824. When Polk's mother died in 1852, the house passed to his younger . . . Map (db m97096) HM
35Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 39 — James Knox Polk
The parents of the eleventh President of the United States occupied this property in 1816, at which time young Polk was 21. From that time, except for periods of absence due to holding public office, or his extensive law practice, this was his home . . . Map (db m28951) HM
36Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Jane Knox Polk ChapterDaughters of the American Revolution — Columbia, Tennessee —
Organized in April 1895, the Jane Knox Chapter was named in Honor of Jane Knox Polk whose father, James Knox, was a Captain in the Revolutionary War, her husband, Samuel Polk who was a Colonel in the Revolutionary War, and her son, James Knox . . . Map (db m151181) HM
37Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Jefferson Davis MonumentPresident of the Confederate States of America 1861 - 1865
(Front) Jefferson Davis President of the Confederate States of America 1861 - 1865 Before the War Between the States, he served with distinction as a United States Congressman and twice as a United States Senator. He also . . . Map (db m206002) HM WM
38Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — John Harlan Willis Memorial Bridge
Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to John Harlan Willis, Pharmacists Mate First Class, U.S.N. by the president for conspicious gallantry, exceptional fortitude and courage above and beyond the call of duty while under fire on Iwo Jima, he having . . . Map (db m168597) WM
39Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 5 — Joseph Brown
About 1/2 mile east Joseph Brown lived. Enroute to the Cumberland Settlements by river from North Carolina in 1788, he was captured by Indians from Nickajack Cave. He escaped and in 1792 led the Ore expedition back to destroy the town. Settling . . . Map (db m75039) HM
40Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Lt. James C. Wooten, IIB. August 7, 1896 – D. August 1, 1918
Born in Maury County, James Council Wooten, II was named after his grandfather – the first James Council Wooten, a Confederate colonel. Young Wooten's parents were John and Emma Wooten. Together they owned Maury Dry Goods and were very civic-minded . . . Map (db m196616) HM
41Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Lt. Joseph A. IrvineB. September 25, 1841 - D. April 12, 1890
Late in the War Between the States, a group of Confederate officers won the hearts and sympathies of the South. They were known as the “Immortal 600.” The Federal navy had tightened its grip on the South. Every Southern port was blockaded. It was . . . Map (db m196628) HM
42Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Major Nathaniel F. CheairsB. December 6, 1818 – D. January 2, 1914
The Cheairs Family moved to northern Maury County in 1811. The Cheairs patriarch (also named Nathaniel) purchased three hundred acres of land just south of present-day Spring Hill. It was on this land that young Nathaniel was born in 1818. He was . . . Map (db m196619) HM
43Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 82 — Maury County Colored Hospital1923-1954
In 1923 A.J. Armstrong, W.L. Brown, J.H. Kelly, Dr. C.E. Jones, the Rev. W.H. Lampley, J.H. Sanders, and Albert Wright founded the Maury County Colored Hospital to serve African Americans in Maury and surrounding counties. The . . . Map (db m151168) HM
44Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Maury County War Memorial
(Center plaque) Named in honor of Columbia native M.G. William E. "Billy" Potts, USA 1936-2004 For his service to community, state and nation Military Attache, Turkey Chief of US Army Ordnance Commanding General, US Army . . . Map (db m189334) WM
45Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 67 — Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church
In October 1843, free blacks in Columbia established Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church, the oldest black Baptist congregation in Tennessee. Edmund Kelly was its first pastor. The original church was built several blocks southeast of this site, . . . Map (db m148450) HM
46Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Nathan VaughtMaster Builder of Maury County — August 13, 1799 - April 9, 1880 —
An orphan apprenticed by the court to James Purcell "to learn the trade of cabinet maker" Vaught learned his trade during Columbia's early growth period. The high quality and lasting beauty of his buildings earned him the "Master Builder" title. . . . Map (db m168610) HM
47Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Nathan Vaught“Master Builder of Maury County”
Born August 13, 1799; died April 9, 1880. A founder of Rose Hill Cemetery, dedicated Mason, devoted Methodist, Confederate patriot. He built more fine houses than any man ever in Maury County. Married Lucretia J. Journey and Sarah . . . Map (db m196634) HM
48Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Nelson House HotelA Tragic Death
On June 26, 1863, Confederate Lt. Andrew Wills Gould, son of a prosperous Nashville merchant and an artillerist in Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry, died here at the Nelson House Hotel. He had been badly injured in a clash with . . . Map (db m156894) HM
49Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Pleasant Mount Cumberland Presbyterian Church
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m196585) HM
50Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 21 — Polk's Boyhood Home
The first house here was built by Maj. Samuel Polk, who came here from North Carolina in 1806. In his family was the ten-year-old son, James Knox Polk, who was to become the 11th President of the United States. He spent his boyhood here.Map (db m75046) HM
51Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Rev. Franklin Gillette SmithB. December 13, 1797 – D. August 4, 1866
Born in Vermont, Franklin G. Smith moved to the South once he had completed his formal education at Middlebury College and the Princeton Theological Seminary. He worked as a teacher in Georgia before settling in Lynchburg, Virginia. There, he was . . . Map (db m196631) HM
52Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Road to NashvilleColumbia Artillery Duel — 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 m75035) HM
53Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Rose Hill Confederate Memorial
Our fallen heroes 1861-1865Map (db m196606) WM
54Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church
Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church was originally a group of black people who held weekly meetings in the basement of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Early in 1840 they formed their own organization and erected their first church on the . . . Map (db m156529) HM
55Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 22 — Sam Davis
In a cabin here the escort with the body of the "Boy Hero of the Confederacy" stayed overnight while returning to his home in Smyrna, Tenn., for burial. A member of Coleman's Scouts, Army of Tennessee, he had been executed by the Federal commander . . . Map (db m28766) HM
56Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Sam WatkinsA Common Soldier's Lasting Legacy
Samuel Rush Watkins and his wife, Virginia (Jenny) Mayes Watkins, who worshipped here at Zion Presbyterian Church, are buried in the cemetery. In his book Company Aytch: or, a Side Show of the Big Show, Watkins left an incomparable memoir of . . . Map (db m85997) HM
57Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Side by SideRose Hill and Rosemount Cemeteries
Rose Hill Cemetery was established in 1853, with the earliest graves at the top of the hill. During the Civil War, when the Federals occupied Columbia, its location next to the Nashville & Decatur Railroad made it a significant outpost. Several . . . Map (db m156527) HM
58Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Site of the First Law Office of James Knox Polk
On this site stood the first law office of James Knox Polk 1795-1849 Lawyer, State and National Legislator Speaker, House of Representatives in Congress Governor of Tennessee and Eleventh President of The United . . . Map (db m189432) HM
59Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 37 — St. John's
Consecrated Sept. 4, 1842, by James Hervey Otey, first Episcopal Bishop of Tennessee, this church was built by Leonidas Polk, then Missionary Bishop of Southwest and his three brothers, George, Lucius, and Rufus, who divided a grant received from . . . Map (db m28651) HM
60Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — St. John's Episcopal Church
Erected in 1842 for worship and spiritual instruction of white and negro people. Built under supervision of the Rt. Rev. Leonidas Polk, Bishop of Louisiana, on land given by him and with labor and materials contributed by him and his brothers, . . . Map (db m85996) HM
61Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — St. Peter's Church (Episcopal)
Parish organized 1831 This building erected 1861 “Lord I have loved the habit- ation of Thy house and the place where Thine honor dwelleth”Map (db m196647) HM
62Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — The Confederate MonumentErected in 1882
At the close of the War Between the States, the Confederate dead buried in various places around Columbia and in the outlying communities were disinterred and reburied in this one section. There are over 120 Confederates buried in this section, but . . . Map (db m196613) HM WM
63Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — The Forrest-Gould Affair
General Nathan Bedford Forrest was known for his hot temper and he met its match in young Lt. Andrew Gould. At the Mason's hall, (7th & Garden Street) Forrest blamed Gould for the capture of two cannons by the Union troops in an ambush, which later . . . Map (db m168602) HM
64Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — The Founding of Maury County and Columbia
Knoxville was the capital of Tennessee and John Sevier was Governor when Maury County was created by the Tennessee Legislature on November 24, 1807, and named for Abram Maury, a pioneer surveyor. The site of Columbia, the county seat, was land . . . Map (db m189310) HM
65Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — The Polk Family
This is the final resting place of the parents and seven of nine siblings of James Knox Polk. Revolutionary War Major Samuel Polk and Jane Gracey Knox were married on Dec. 25th, 1794 at Hopewell Church, located in Mecklenburg County, North . . . Map (db m151180) HM
66Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 87 — The Reverend Edmund Kelly1817-1894
The Reverend Edmund Kelly was born in Columbia, Tennessee in 1817. At age 16, he went to work at a boy’s school. With a strong desire to learn to read, he paid boys with candy to teach him how to read. In 1843, Kelly co-founded and was the first . . . Map (db m189427) HM
67Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — Union Station Train Depot
Columbia's Union Station Train Depot was built in 1902 by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad and opened in November 1903. Designed in a vernacular Romanesque style, it is one of the city's most imposing landmarks. The two-story brick and stone . . . Map (db m151171) HM
68Tennessee (Maury County), Columbia — 3D 38 — Zion
About 1 mile south, in 1807, a Presbyterian colony from South Carolina built a log meeting house and established a community around it. A school soon followed. A brick church was built in 1815, the present structure in 1847. Many descendants of the . . . Map (db m63118) HM
 
 
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