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By Tom Bosse, August 27, 2017
Battle of Athens Marker
Tennessee (McMinn County), Athens — 2A 102 — Battle of AthensAugust 1 - 2, 1946
The Battle of Athens was an armed revolt that gained national attention. Attempting to end the control of an entrenched political machine, World War II veterans used force to ensure that on the day of local elections in 1946 every vote “was . . . — Map (db m49561) HM
Tennessee (McMinn County), Athens — 2A 113 — First United Presbyterian Church
Established in 1889 as a Presbyterian mission, First United Presbyterian Church was constructed in 1892 in the Gothic Revival Style by descendants of former slaves. The church played a major role in the area's educational history, serving as the . . . — Map (db m107922) HM
Tennessee (McMinn County), Athens — 2A 12 — John Tyler Morgan
300 yards east is the house in which John Tyler Morgan (1824–1907) was born. A brigadier general in the Confederate Army, he later served for 30 years as United States Senator from Alabama. He distinguished himself by promoting legislation in . . . — Map (db m49575) HM
Tennessee (McMinn County), Athens — Petty-Manker Hall1913 - 2000
Petty-Manker Hall was built in 1913 as a dormitory for men. It was named in honor of the Reverend J.S. Petty and the Reverend J.J. Manker, class of 1873. The four-story brick building was erected at a cost of $25,000, which was contributed by John A . . . — Map (db m49574) HM
Tennessee (McMinn County), Athens — Road to ChattanoogaThe Tide Turns for the Union
This interstate highway parallels the historic line of the East Tennessee & Georgia Railroad. Late in 1863, Union and Confederate armies followed the tracks during a series of battles in the fight for control of Chattanooga, a strategically vital . . . — Map (db m97343) HM
Tennessee (McMinn County), Athens — 2A 32 — Samuel Cleage
This was one of the houses built by this itinerant contractor, who left Botetourt Co., Va., in 1823 and made his way south building houses, taking pay in “gold, notes or Negroes”. In 1836 it was the central office for the Hiawassee R.R., . . . — Map (db m49571) HM
Tennessee (McMinn County), Athens — 2A 58 — Tennessee Wesleyan College
Organized in 1857 as Athens Female College and sponsored then by the Holston Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The name of the college has been changed several times, but it has been related to some branch of the Methodist Church . . . — Map (db m82258) HM
Tennessee (McMinn County), Athens — The Nocatula LegendThe Hackberry and The Oak
A wounded English officer from Fort Loudon was befriended by an Indian Chief and nursed back to health by Nocatula, daughter of the Chief. The soldier, given the name of Connestoga, “The Oak,” was accepted into the tribe and married . . . — Map (db m82259) HM
Tennessee (McMinn County), Calhoun — 2A 4 — Joseph McMinn
500 yards southeast is buried Joseph McMinn, governor of Tennessee, 1815-1821. A Quaker, born in Pennsylvania, he came to Hawkins County in 1790. He also served in the State Constitutional Convention, 1796; State Senate, 1798–1812; Speaker of . . . — Map (db m49560) HM
Tennessee (McMinn County), Englewood — EnglewoodA Textile Mill Town
Expansion of textile manufacturing into the Southern states provided the first large-scale “public work” opportunities for local women. Englewood’s textile workforce, from the workers of the first spinning mill built on a nearby farm in . . . — Map (db m109276) HM
Tennessee (McMinn County), Etowah — EtowahA Railroad Town
The Louisville and Nashville (L&N) built Etowah between 1904 and 1906 as division headquarters for its new Cincinnati to Atlanta line. Workers were transferred from other L&N facilities or recruited from nearby farming communities, other states, and . . . — Map (db m109275) HM
Tennessee (McMinn County), Niota — 2A 80 — Harry Thomas Burn1895-1977
A native of Niota, Harry T. Burn held public office for much of his adult life; State House of Representatives, 1919-23; State Senate 1949-53; State Planning Commission 1952-58; delegate of Roane County to the Constitutional Conventions of 1953, . . . — Map (db m82260) HM
Tennessee (McMinn County), Niota — Niota DepotNot "quiet and cozy"
Railroads played a significant role in the Civil War in East Tennessee. Commanders on both sides viewed the railroad as an important asset, not only as a carrier of military supplies, but also as the means of rapidly concentrating their forces. This . . . — Map (db m69361) HM
Tennessee (McMinn County), Niota — Niota Depot
Built 1854 Formerly Mouse Creek Station The oldest standing depot in the State of Tennessee — Map (db m69394) HM

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