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Historical Markers in Jefferson City, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Jefferson 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> Jefferson County, TN (34) Cocke County, TN (15) Grainger County, TN (13) Hamblen County, TN (30) Knox County, TN (201) Sevier County, TN (106)  JeffersonCounty(34) Jefferson County (34)  CockeCounty(15) Cocke County (15)  GraingerCounty(13) Grainger County (13)  HamblenCounty(30) Hamblen County (30)  KnoxCounty(201) Knox County (201)  SevierCounty(106) Sevier County (106)
Dandridge is the county seat for Jefferson County
Jefferson City is in Jefferson County
      Jefferson County (34)  
      Cocke County (15)  
      Grainger County (13)  
      Hamblen County (30)  
      Knox County (201)  
      Sevier County (106)  
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1Tennessee (Jefferson County), Jefferson City — 1C83 — Battle of Mossy CreekDecember 29, 1863
Federal cavalry under Gen. S.D. Sturgis established a line just east of Mossy Creek. At 9:00 a.m., Confederate Gen. W.T. Martin assembled 2000 dismounted cavalry and eight cannons at Talbott's Railroad Station, three miles east. They advanced along . . . Map (db m28311) HM
2Tennessee (Jefferson County), Jefferson City — 1C42 — Carson - Newman College
½ mi. Following organizational meetings in 1849, this was chartered as Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary in 1851. It closed 1861-65, its buildings being occupied and badly damaged by Federal troops in that period. Resuming operation in . . . Map (db m28488) HM
3Tennessee (Jefferson County), Jefferson City — 1E 123 — Cox Millca. 1792
A Revolutionary War veteran wounded at the Battle of King's Mountain on October 1, 1780, William Cox Sr. built Cox Mill, a grist mill, on this site about 1792. He was an "Overmountain Man" living in Watauga in 1775. As a delegate from Washington . . . Map (db m84368) HM
4Tennessee (Jefferson County), Jefferson City — First National Bank1930s
The old First National Bank had a brief life on the north side of Main Street. Another bank, Citizen's Trust Company, operated on the east end of Main Street for about 20 years. It consolidated with First National Bank and moved across the street to . . . Map (db m190812) HM
5Tennessee (Jefferson County), Jefferson City — Godwin Brothers Building1900s
View of this building and others along North Depot Street (now Main Street) in the 1900s. You can see the name Godwin Bros located at the top of the building. Other businesses located in this row of buildings during the early years include Ingram . . . Map (db m190807) HM
6Tennessee (Jefferson County), Jefferson City — Godwin Brothers Storefront1900s
J.W. Godwin and Oscar Godwin established Godwin Brothers, general merchants in this building in 1870. (Courtesy of Hele Jolley)Map (db m190808) HM
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7Tennessee (Jefferson County), Jefferson City — Interior Mossy Creek Bank1920s
Mossy Creek Bank had a slogan of "Safe, Sound, Solid, Conservative". The bank advertised "Fire Proof Vault, Burglar Proof Safe and Time Locks" to solicit customers to open a bank account. Among the services offered were loans, stocks and bonds. One . . . Map (db m190811) HM
8Tennessee (Jefferson County), Jefferson City — Main Street1940s
There were a variety of businesses including the Melody Theater, First National Bank, Lloyd May Clothing Company and the J.B. Dick 5c & 10c Store. (Courtesy of Juanita Franklin)Map (db m190813) HM
9Tennessee (Jefferson County), Jefferson City — Main Street1940s
Looking East on Main Street you see a bustling downtown with retail stores, a theater and café. The Jefferson Theater shown in this image was located in this building. (Photo courtesy of Juanita Franklin)Map (db m190814) HM
10Tennessee (Jefferson County), Jefferson City — Mossy Creek / Jefferson City Train Depot1870-1985
John Roper Branner provided the land for the East Tennessee & Virginia Railroad Company to pass through Mossy Creek in 1858 as it completed its new route connecting Knoxville and Bristol. Branner stipulated that all passenger trains must stop in . . . Map (db m190810) HM
11Tennessee (Jefferson County), Jefferson City — Mossy Creek BankBuilt 1890
The old Mossy Creek Bank was located on Depot Street, which later became Main Street. It stood above the side walk between two large trees, wiht stone steps leading up to the door. The bank failed during the Depression after the stock marker crash . . . Map (db m190809) HM
12Tennessee (Jefferson County), Jefferson City — Mossy Creek EngagementBending but not Breaking
(preface) In November 1863, Confederated Gen. James Longstreet led a force from Chattanooga to attack Union Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside’s army at Knoxville. The campaign failed, and in December Longstreet’s men marched east along the East . . . Map (db m70659) HM
13Tennessee (Jefferson County), Jefferson City — Mossy Creek Log SchoolhouseCirca 1850
Oldest log school in Jefferson County. Built by R.R. Bryant in 1850 for his and neighbors' children. He was the second president of Mossy Creek Baptist Seminary, later Carson~Newman University.Map (db m204560) HM
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14Tennessee (Jefferson County), Jefferson City — Old Mossy Creek Mill1800s
Several grist mills operated in Mossy Creek. Sometime around 1835, George Branner built a gristmill on Mossy Creek's west bank near Glenmore Mansion. Over 30 years later, it had fallen into disrepair, but was revived by Frank Jarnagin. Later known . . . Map (db m190806) HM
15Tennessee (Jefferson County), Jefferson City — Old U.S. Post Office1900s
The U.S. Post Office in Mossy Creek/Jefferson City was on Branner Street, then moved to two other locations on Main Street (Depot Street) before moving to its present location on the corner of Old Andrew Johnson Highway and Russell Avenue. The Post . . . Map (db m190815) HM
16Tennessee (Jefferson County), Jefferson City — 1C 94 — Sarah Swann Hall(1904)
Side 1 Sarah Swann Hall, Grand Lady of Carson~Newman University, has been "home" to generations of students. Colonel Alfred Reuben Swann (1843~1926), visionary Jefferson County businessman and Carson~Newman trustee, built this stately home . . . Map (db m108736) HM
17Tennessee (Jefferson County), Jefferson City — Site of Original Land Grant by John Roper Branner
For Black Methodist Episcopal Church, School, and Cemetery. Deeded 1867 to Trustees: John Roper • Jacob Branner • Joseph Peck • William Houston • Richard DanMap (db m107951) HM
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Sep. 29, 2022