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Winchester, Tennessee Historical Markers

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By Don Morfe, April 24, 2014
Built 1914 Marker
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — Built 1914Winchester City Hall
Between the 1850s and 1911, a livery stable and stone works occupied the north end of this site. With the John Custer Family home on the south corner, the present building was constructed for the US Post Office and various government offices. After . . . — Map (db m75915) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — 2E 77 — Captain Samuel Handly
Capt. Samuel Handly fought in the Indian Wars of the 1770's and in the Battle of King's Mountain in 1780. Indians captured him in a battle at Crab Orchard and released him after negotiations with Gov. William Blount. Handly was a member of Tennessee . . . — Map (db m26168) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — Colonel James Lewis
In memory of COLONEL JAMES LEWIS Born April 6, 1756 Albemarle County Virginia Died February 21, 1849 Franklin County Tennessee Served with distinction in the Revolutionary War. Participated in the Battles of White Plains, Trenton, . . . — Map (db m31647) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — 2E 70 — First United Church, U.C.C
Located 1/4 mile North on Owl Hollow Rd. in 1873, the church was founded by Swiss-German settlers as the German Reformed Church and was the first such church in Tennessee. The church became the center of Swiss culture in this area which was noted . . . — Map (db m26169) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — 2E 57 — Goshen Cumberland Presbyterian Church
1 ½ mi. S.E. on the Boiling Fork of Elk. Oldest church in Franklin County. Founded 1808 by the Alexander, Cowan, Keith, McCord, Weir, and other pioneer Scots-Irish Presbyterian families. First Presbyterian congregation in Tennessee to transfer . . . — Map (db m25641) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — In Memory of Our Franklin County War DeadDedicated May 29, 1995
World War I Robert H. Ashley ∙ Albert A. Banholzer ∙ William J. Blansett ∙ Harry R. Bohanan ∙ Paul A. Bunn ∙ Ernest J. Campbell ∙ Henry C. Cates ∙ William O. Clark ∙ George W. Decker ∙ Frank . . . — Map (db m81549) WM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — James Winchester(1752 - 1826)
Soldier of the American Revolution Speaker of the First Tennessee Legislature Brigadier General, War of 1812The town of Winchester was created as the seat of justice for Franklin County, November 22, 1809, by Act of the Tennessee Legislature Marker . . . — Map (db m31650) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — 2E 28 — Mary Sharp College
This college, devoted exclusively to the higher education of women, first opened its doors Jan. 1, 1851. It was named for one of its principal benefactors. It suspended from 1861 to 1865, the buildings being used by Federal troops. Reopening in . . . — Map (db m25427) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — Mary Sharp College
In Memoriam MARY SHARP COLLEGE 1851-1896 Pres. Z.C. Graves A.M. L.L.D. MOTTO; LEARN TO THINK First womens' college in America to require Greek and Latin for Bachelors Degree John Eaton M.S. Commissioner of Education . . . — Map (db m31651) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — 2E 10 — Peter Turney
1/8 mi. N.W. are ruins of the antebellum home of Peter Turney (1827-1903). Organizer and commander of the 1st Tennessee Infantry CSA until wounded; member of State Supreme Court, 1878-86; chief justice, 1886-93; governor; 1893-97. The house was . . . — Map (db m25428) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — 2E 27 — Secession
In this locality, on Feb. 24, 1861, occurred the mass meeting as result of which Franklin County seceded from the State of Tennessee, at the same time petitioning the then Confederate State of Alabama to annex it. The secession of Tennessee June 24, . . . — Map (db m24666) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — 2E 9 — The Blind Knight
4½ mi. S.E., near Liberty, Francis Joseph Campbell lived as a boy. Blinded in 1836, when 4 years old, he was educated in the first class of the State School for the Blind, later in Boston and Europe. Settling in England, his success in . . . — Map (db m26177) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — Tullahoma CampaignJune 24-July 4, 1863 — Anatomy of a Campaign
In late June of 1863, Union Major General William S. Rosecrans launched a massive offensive from his base in Murfreesboro in an attempt to drive Confederate General Braxton Bragg’s 43,000-man Army of Tennessee from its entrenchments at . . . — Map (db m75257) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — Tullahoma CampaignJune 24-July 4, 1863 — The Confederate Retreat
From June 24th to June 27th, the Union Army of the Cumberland had moved flawlessly to maneuver the Confederate Army of Tennessee out of its position south of the Highland Rim. As Rosecrans would later say, only heavy rains had prevented a complete . . . — Map (db m81551) HM
Tennessee (Franklin County), Winchester — Winchester's Civil War SitesCounty Seceded before the State
When Tennessee failed to secede from the Union on February 9, 1861, Franklin County residents met here at the courthouse. They listened to attorney Peter Turney’s forceful speech offering resolutions in favor of secession and reportedly adopted them . . . — Map (db m75226) HM

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