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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lebanon, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Wilson 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> Wilson County, TN (76) Cannon County, TN (11) Davidson County, TN (1450) DeKalb County, TN (16) Rutherford County, TN (227) Smith County, TN (18) Sumner County, TN (135) Trousdale County, TN (10)  WilsonCounty(76) Wilson County (76)  CannonCounty(11) Cannon County (11)  DavidsonCounty(1450) Davidson County (1450)  DeKalbCounty(16) DeKalb County (16)  RutherfordCounty(227) Rutherford County (227)  SmithCounty(18) Smith County (18)  SumnerCounty(135) Sumner County (135)  TrousdaleCounty(10) Trousdale County (10)
Lebanon is the county seat for Wilson County
Lebanon is in Wilson County
      Wilson County (76)  
      Cannon County (11)  
      Davidson County (1450)  
      DeKalb County (16)  
      Rutherford County (227)  
      Smith County (18)  
      Sumner County (135)  
      Trousdale County (10)  
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1 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — 103 Public Square
103 Public Square Lebanon, TN The National Register of Historic Places Tennessee Historical CommissionMap (db m214912) HM
2 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — A.C. Wharton Market
As a youngster growing up in rural Wilson County, A. C. was already working his way toward success. At age 7, he traveled the countryside on a mule, gathering old bleached out bones; which he sold to a fertilizer plant for 40 cents per 100 pounds. . . . Map (db m109417) HM
3 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — 3A 202 — Battle of Lebanon
Near dawn on May 5, 1862, Colonel John Hunt Morgan’s 800 Confederate Cavalry camped around the Public Square and at Cumberland University on South College Street, were attacked by General Ebenezer Dumont’s Federal Cavalry of 600 as they advanced . . . Map (db m19927) HM
4 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Cartmell Cabin
Relocated in 1991 The Cartmell Cabin was the first building acquired for Fiddlers Grove in 1991. It was saved from the bulldozer clearing the land for the new industrial park adjacent to Interstate 40 in Lebanon. Stratton Bone, a member of the . . . Map (db m108822) HM
5 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — 3A 104 — Caruthers Hall
Cumberland University School of Law, 1847-1962, was housed at this site from 1877 until 1962. For many years it was the largest law school in the United States. Graduates included U.S. Supreme Court Justices Horace Lurton and Howell E. Jackson: . . . Map (db m68363) HM
6 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — 3A 52 — Castle Heights Military Academy
Castle Heights School was founded in 1902 by David E. Mitchell and I.W.P. Buchanan. Early headmasters were Buchanan, L.L. Rice, and O.N. Smith. In 1914 the school became a military academy. Acquired by the McFadden Foundation in 1928, it has been a . . . Map (db m100117) HM
7 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Castle Heights Military Academy Supreme Sacrifice Monument
This monument erected in honor of those Heightsmen who served in America’s Armed Forces and dedicated by name to those who made the Supreme Sacrifice. World War I LT. James R. Crowe, USA ’07 World War II Pvt. A. B. Bardwell, USA . . . Map (db m215313) HM WM
8 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Cedar Grove CemeteryA Final Resting Place
The city of Lebanon purchased the land for this beautiful cemetery in 1846. Beneath its trees lie more than 150 soldiers who served in the Confederate army during the Civil War, including many Wilson County men who enlisted in the 7th Tennessee . . . Map (db m100111) HM
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9 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — 3A 201 — Cedar Grove Cemetery Reported missing
In 1846, the City of Lebanon purchased land for this public cemetery. Surveyed by Professor (later Lt. General, CSA) Alexander P. Stewart of Cumberland University, the first burial took place in 1849. Among the dignitaries resting here are William . . . Map (db m214906) HM
10 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — City of Lebanon Memorial on the War Against Terrorism
Dedicated to the memory of all those who gave their lives defending our freedom in the war against terrorism. They truly are our fallen hereosMap (db m207692) WM
11 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Confederate Dead
(North face) Sacred To the memory of Confederate Soldiers who sleep in this cemetery, and to their surviving comrades, who shall rest here. Immortal Heroes. Your unparalleled courage, your blood, your patriotism, have bequeathed to all . . . Map (db m221532) WM
12 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Confederate Veterans and Robert H. Hatton Memorial
Erected in Honor of the Confederate Veterans of Wilson County and all other true southern soldiers 1861-1865 (Side bar) General Robert Hatton’s statue is atop of the monument. (Bronze plaque at the base of the monument) Gen. . . . Map (db m83066) WM
13 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Cordell Hull (1871-1955)
Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945, Cordell Hull is Cumberland University's most renowned graduate. After serving in the Tennessee State Legislature, he served 11 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, and later in the Senate . . . Map (db m207689) HM
14 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — 3A 248 — Cumberland University Founded in 1842
As one of the oldest universities in Tennessee, Cumberland University has a storied history of academic excellence. Among its graduates are U.S. Supreme Court Justices Howell Edmunds Jackson and Horace Harmon Lurton; Nobel Peace Prize recipient . . . Map (db m159207) HM
15 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Cumberland University Headquarters Tennessee Maneuvers
[Identical inscriptions on front and back of obelisk] Here on this campus was located Maneuver Director Headquarters Tennessee Maneuver Area, 1942 — 1944 In memory of the 268 servicemen and 9 civilians who died during maneuvers There . . . Map (db m198983) HM WM
16 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — David Robert "Bobby" RayCongressional Medal of Honor Recipient
Bobby Ray was born February 14, 1945, in McMinnville, Tennessee. Cumberland University Graduate, 1965, A.A. Degree. Hospital Corpsman Second Class, U.S. Navy, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine, 1st Marine Division, Quang Nam Province, . . . Map (db m207686) HM
17 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — David Wilson Memorial
To the memory of David Wilson 1742 — 1804 Major, Continental Army Pioneer settler Legislator whose name Wilson County proudly bearsMap (db m199000) HM
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18 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Dedman's Store
The general country store built in 1945 by Mr. and Mrs. Roy Dedman on Trousdale Ferry Pike, served as a landmark in the Tuckers Cross Roads community and Swindell Hollow Road. It was a one stop store in many ways; during WWII he sold hard to . . . Map (db m109418) HM
19 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — 3A 135 — DeFord Bailey
Born near the community of Bellwood, in the 1920s and 1930s, DeFord Bailey won nationwide fame as the “Harmonica Wizard.” A founding member of the Grand Ole Opry, he was the first African American to win fame in country music. Through . . . Map (db m151560) HM
20 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Dr. James Edmond Fisher's Office
Dr. Fisher was born in 1879. He graduated in 1907 from the University of Nashville Medical School. It was the same year he married Vinnie Reynolds and established his practice in this Apothecary Office in the Rome community. The office still . . . Map (db m109419) HM
21 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — 3A 17 — Edward F. Geers
Here was born one of America's greatest horsemen. Interesting himself in Standardbred horses while in his teens, he soon became a trainer and race-driver distinguished alike for technique and sportsmanship. He was killed in a racing accident at . . . Map (db m178557) HM
22 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Forbes Cabin
The community of Shop Springs was established in the early 1800's, having a group of stores, blacksmith shops, school, churches, physician, and a cooper shop. This cabin was built during this era of development, on a hill overlooking the businesses. . . . Map (db m109656)
23 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — General Robert Hatton
Born Nov. 2 1826. Fell May 31, 1862 while leading his Tenn Brigade in the Battle of Seven Pines, VA. Elected to the General Assembly of Tenn. in 1855. Elected to the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress in 1859. Elected . . . Map (db m214905) HM WM
24 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — History of the Logs Used in this CabinNeddy Jacobs Cabin Site
The original site of this log cabin was in Leeville, Tennessee on the old Nashville-Lebanon stage route (Hickory Ridge Road). It was built in 1833 by John Kelley, a Methodist minister, and his wife, Margaret Lavenia Kelley. It was built on land . . . Map (db m83195) HM
25 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — 3A 9 — James Chamberlain Jones<------<<<<
Popularly known as “Lean Jimmy,” lived here. First native Tennessean to become Governor, he defeated James K. Polk in 1841 and 1843. In 1850, became President of Memphis & Charleston RR. Served as U.S. Senator from 1851 to 1853. He died . . . Map (db m83196) HM
26 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — 3A 209 — James E. Ward1907-1982
Dedicated on July 19, 1976, the James E. Ward Agricultural Center was named in honor of agricultural agent James E. Ward who served as Wilson County's agricultural agent from 1936 to 1973. A key organizer of the Hereford Breeders Association and . . . Map (db m36791) HM
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27 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — 3A 103 — Judge Nathan Green, Sr.
This house was built by Judge Green, the father of equity jurisprudence in the state, who sat for twenty-one years in the Tennessee State Supreme Court. In 1852 he became a professor of Law at Cumberland University. Before settling in Lebanon, he . . . Map (db m100114) HM
28 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — LebanonMorgan's Defeat
In April 1862, after the Battle of Shiloh, Confederate Col. John Hunt Morgan planned a raid through Tennessee and Kentucky to sever Union supply lines. Morgan let the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry from Corinth, Mississippi, into Tennessee and engaged with . . . Map (db m68395) HM
29 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — 3A 228 — Lebanon Post Office
In July 1908 Lebanon's growth and prominence qualified the town for free citywide mail delivery. Congressman Cordell Hull secured funding of $50,000 for this federal post office building. The cornerstone was laid on October 30, 1913. Chief . . . Map (db m100113) HM
30 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Lest We Forget / One Nation Under GodSeptember 11, 2001
The citizens of Lebanon will always remember the men, women and children who lost their lives as a result of acts of terrorism on the World Trade Center, the U.S. Pentagon, and United Flight 93, and we will forever honor those brave Firefighters, . . . Map (db m214752) HM
31 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — 45 — Livesay Mill
Livesay Mill was built in 1879 on the Clinch River at Kyles Ford near the Tennessee Virginia State Line in Hancock County. The Grist Mill was water powered using a pair of grinding stones to grind corn for meal and wheat for flour. According to . . . Map (db m109420) HM
32 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — McClain Circle
Since the founding of Cumberland University in 1842, members of the McClain Family and their descendants, the Hatfield Family, have been an integral part of the University's history. Josiah Scott McClain served on the original Board of Trust for 34 . . . Map (db m207687) HM
33 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Melrose Church
Melrose Presbyterian Church was built in 1883; held its first worship service in 1885 and closed the doors at the last worship service 102 years later in 1980. The building is constructed of poplar wood grown and milled in Wilson County. The . . . Map (db m109657) HM
34 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — 3A 87 — Morgan Moves on HartsvilleDecember 7, 1862
Arriving here from Murfreesboro with the 2nd, 8th, 9th, and 11th Kentucky Cavalry, Stoner's Cavalry Bn, and Cobb's Btry., Col. John Hunt Morgan added to his strength Hanson's Infantry Brigade. Clearing Lebanon at 2:00 P.M., they ferried and swam the . . . Map (db m149871) HM
35 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Mr. Luther's Blacksmith Shop and Broom Factory
Mr. Luther's Blacksmith Shop and Broom Factory sat on the bank of Cedar Creek in the heart of the village of Taylorsville. The blacksmith shop was built c. 1836. Mr. Luther Piercey became the proprietor in the early 1900's and served the . . . Map (db m109658) HM
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36 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Neddy Jacobs Cabin
Prior to 1780, the land that is now the Historic Lebanon Town Square was claimed by William Gosney. It was part of 640 acres surrounding the gushing spring, and here he built a cabin. After his death, the land was sold in 1793 by his heirs to James . . . Map (db m83197) HM
37 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Pete Smith's StoreMiddle Tennessee Electric Museum
Pete Smith opened his original store August 1, 1927, when cokes were a nickel a bottle, a gallon of gas cost 14 cents plus 6 cents tax and T.O. "Pete" Smith drove a Model T Ford pickup when he went into business at Doak's Cross Roads. He opened the . . . Map (db m109659)
38 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Peyton Smokehouse
The smokehouse originally stood on the Wharton Place three miles Southeast of Lebanon on Sparta Pike. Jesse Wharton of Davidson County bought the 912 acre farmland in 1811 from John Gray Blount of North Carolina. Jesse deeded the farm to his son, . . . Map (db m109660)
39 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — 3A 249 — Pickett Chapel / Civil Rights — United Methodist Church Registered Historic Site No. 99 —
Pickett Chapel Methodists began worshiping on this site shortly after purchasing an original town lot. Congregants erected this brick structure in 1827 where white and enslaved members worshiped until 1856 when a new building was constructed on . . . Map (db m157273) HM
40 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Rest Hill Cemetery
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m178560) HM
41 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — 3A 200 — Robert Looney Caruthers1800-1882
Born in Smith County in 1800, Caruthers was elected Confederate Governor in 1863. However, due to the Federal occupation of Tennessee, he was not inaugurated. A co-founder of Cumberland University, he served in the Tennessee House of Representatives . . . Map (db m68364) HM
42 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Seawell Hill CampA deathlike stillness in Lebanon — Wheeler's 1864 Raid —
You are standing on Seawell Hill, where Confederate Gen. Joseph Wheeler’s cavalrymen camped during their raid through Tennessee. They had destroyed parts of the railroad to Chattanooga then moved north up the Tennessee River Valley, damaging the . . . Map (db m68381) HM
43 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Sellars FarmArchaeology & History
Mississippian Period Dwelling The people living in the Sellars Farm village built square or rectangular houses, usually around five or six meters on each side. After placing larger upright timbers in the ground, they then wove smaller . . . Map (db m220609) HM
44 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Sellars FarmA Mississippian Period Middle Cumberland Village Site
Just down the trail you will find a remarkable thing - the village site of a civilization that prospered here between A.D. 1000 and A.D. 1300. This village was built by people from the well-advanced Mississippian culture, the last of the Native . . . Map (db m223222) HM
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45 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Sellars Farm SiteBuilding Methods
Dominating the western side of the plaza, a flat topped mound was the location of an important structure, either the ruler's dwelling or a religious structure. The mound is 15 feet high, 138 by 120 feet at the base and 95 by 75 feet at the top. When . . . Map (db m220607) HM
46 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Site of Robert H. Hatton HomeEarly Casualty of the War
On this site was the home of Robert H. Hatton that was unfortunately destroyed by fire after the war. He was born in October in 1826, but early in his life his family moved to Lebanon. He graduated from Cumberland University and then studied law at . . . Map (db m83198) HM
47 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Stewart Cabin
William Brannon Barrow built this cabin in 1795. According to family records, the land was one of the last Land Grants issued from North Carolina prior to the Statehood of Tennessee in 1796. The cedar log cabin changed ownership many times and the . . . Map (db m109661)
48 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Tates Crossing Flag Station
This Train Flag Station was in use at Tates Crossing near Mt. Juliet, Tennessee from 1870 until 1935. During this 65 years it was owned by two different railroads, The Tennessee and Pacific Railroad and the Nashville Chattanooga and St. Louis . . . Map (db m109693) HM
49 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — The Civil War In LebanonCaught in the Crossfire
Lebanon, because of its proximity to the Cumberland River and its position as a turnpike crossroads, was soon caught in the crossfire of the Civil War. Federal troops first appeared early in 1862. An engagement on the Lebanon Square in May between . . . Map (db m107974) HM
50 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — The Reverend Dr. Winstead Paine BoneScholar...Minister...Educator...Author
Born November 23, 1861 in Douglas, Texas. Earned academic degrees. at Cumberland University (B.D 1886, LLD honorus causa, 1932) and Trinity University (A.B, 1893, A.M. 1894, D.D. 1907) Additional studies; Union Theological Seminary in New York . . . Map (db m207688) HM
51 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — The WWII Years at Cumberland
1 September 1939 The world plunged into its second war after Nazi Germany attacked Poland on 1 September 1939. The United States was able to remain politically neutral for two years until the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 7 December . . . Map (db m198993) HM WM
52 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Thompson-Partlow Cabin and SmokehouseCentury Farm Museum
The historic log cabin and smokehouse were relocated from the Century Farm of Waller Partlow and Lucy Logue Thompson Partlow. They are descendants of pioneers that came to Wilson County in a covered wagon. This is probably the original cabin that . . . Map (db m108800) HM
53 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Tuckers Gap Depot
John Bell Tarver donated the rights-of-way on his farm for the railroad and also the land on which the depot was built in c-1870. Mr. Tarver was the Postmaster at the Post Office, which was located inside the depot, until his death in 1906. Nannie . . . Map (db m109694) HM
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54 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Upon This Site Stood the Law Office of Sam Houston1818 - 1819
Upon this site stood the law office of Sam Houston 1818 - 1819Map (db m205490) HM
55 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Welcome to Sellars Farm State Archaeological AreaA Mississippian Period Middle Cumberland Village Site
One of the best preserved Native American villages in the southeast, this site is known today as the Sellars Farm State Archaeological Area. This settlement was occupied from about A.D. 1000 until A.D. 1300. The village was in a bend of Spring . . . Map (db m220605) HM
56 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Wheeler School
Wheeler School, a one room school, was built in the late 1860's on the farm currently owned by the Harrison Family near Alexandria. Mr. W. E. B. DuBois became the first instructor at the school. In fact, it was the beginning of his long successful . . . Map (db m109692)
57 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — 3A 213 — William Haskell Neal
Maple Dale Farm was the home of William Haskell Neal, originator of Neal's Paymaster Corn. In 1898 he began field selection of seed corn from stalks bearing two ears. His corn breeding experimentation marked the beginning of hybrid corn in . . . Map (db m149872) HM
58 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — 3A 183 — Wilson County Courthouses
The first courthouse stood on the west side of the public square. The second was located in the center of the square. In 1848 the third, designed by William Strickland, was erected on this site which was Lot No.2 (SW) of the Lebanon town lot plan of . . . Map (db m19442) HM
59 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Wilson County Marines Memorial
Sgt Joe Ashe WWII 1941-1944• SSgt Harold Weist 1953-1973 Vietnam• Sgt John Wissemes Vietnam WIA• Cpl. Matthew L. Spurlock 2005-2001• Pfc. Ronnie C. Presley Vietnam KIA• Sgt. Grayson A. Heckman Vietnam• Cpl. Herbert L. Edwards 1953-1956• Cpl. . . . Map (db m207693) WM
60 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — 3A 215 — Wilson County Training School
Wilson County Training School for African-American students operated on this site from 1923 to 1969. The Rosenwald buildings included a 1923 elementary school and a 1928 high school. In the 1950s the high school was replaced and the elementary . . . Map (db m157272) HM
61 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Wilson County U.S. Air Force Memorial
[Front[ United States Air Force (over image of two fighter jets in flight) [Back] TSGT Marvin C. Allison WWII • LTC Alvin M. Klein 1953-1973 • SCT. David Begarly 1974-1978 • A1C Charles H. Begarly 1960-1964 • CMSGT . . . Map (db m199033) WM
62 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Wilson County U.S. Army Memorial I
[Front] United States Army (on image of soldier in crouched firing position) [Back] Pvt. Cecil C. Arrington WWI • Pvt. Joe P. Arrington WWI • Cpl. Denver Cluck Korea • Pvt. Hollis M. Cluck WWI • Cpl. H.F. "Sonny" . . . Map (db m214908) WM
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63 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Wilson County U.S. Army Memorial II
[Front] United States Army (on etched montage) [Back] SP4 Thomas T. Tapley -1975 • 1Lt Harold Reed Lannom Korea 1951-1957 • 1Lt David William Farmer Desert Storm 1989-1992 • PFC Carl Johnson • WWII 1940-1946 • PFC . . . Map (db m214909) WM
64 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Wilson County U.S. Army Memorial III
Msg. James David Cushing Vietnam 1967-1987• Cpl. Al Lytle Parter Jr. Korea• 2nd Lt. Al Lytle Partee Sr. WWI• Lt. Col. Hoyte C. Huddleston WWII• Col. Shirley D. Wasson Army NG 1956-1998• 1st Lt. Victoria Clark 1997-2000• Col. Richard F. . . . Map (db m207705) WM
65 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Wilson County U.S. Coast Guard Memorial
[Front] United States Coast Guard (over image of helicopters and water rescue) [Back] S1C Ernest W. Cotten, Sr. • RM 3 Joe Gwynne Eatherly, Jr. WW II 1942-1946 • W.L. Cunningham, Jr. 1956-1960 • CM1 Henry Odell . . . Map (db m199032) WM
66 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Wilson County U.S. Navy Memorial
CPO Bob Begarly 1957-1963 • AKAN Billy E. Thorne Korea • YN3 Butch Barnes 1966-1970 • ABAN Lawrence S. Miller 1991-1994 • GM Carl E. Herron 1966-1970 • UT 3 Jerry W. Cook Vietnam 1968-1969 bull; Corpman A.J. Tomlinson WWII • ADJ 3 William H. . . . Map (db m205905) WM
67 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Wilson County War Memorial
This monument erected in the memory of those who served and died from Wilson County; who paid the ultimate price for their belief that, "Government should be of laws rather than men". By the people of Wilson County and the Lebanon Jaycees . . . Map (db m205903) WM
68 Tennessee, Wilson County, Lebanon — Wilson County's First Gym
In tribute to the workers of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) who built Wilson County's First Gym on their site in 1936Map (db m207691) HM
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