“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Washington County Tennessee Historical Markers

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By Tom Bosse, February 10, 2018
Fall Branch Community Educational Center Marker
Tennessee (Washington County), Fall Branch — 1A 104 — Fall Branch Community Educational Center
In 1842, a one-room brick building, known as the Seminary, opened in the Fall Branch Community. At the close of the Civil War, the building was destroyed by fire and facilities were provided by local churches. In 1889, the Fall Branch Educational . . . — Map (db m114009) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Gray — 1A 24 — Buffalo Ridge Church
5.0 miles. This pioneer Baptist Church, established in 1779 by the Rev. Tidence Lane, was the first Baptist Church on Tennessee soil. The church itself has been moved to Gray's Station: the cemetery remains. Here is buried the Rev. Johathan Mulkey, . . . — Map (db m67817) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — Andre Michaux1746-1803
(Side one) From 1785 to 1796, French botanist Andre Michaux, the foremost European botanist of his day, traveled throughout eastern North America. On assignment from the French monarchy, Michaux studied and collected North American plants, . . . — Map (db m69628) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — 1A 56 — Boone's Creek Church
About 1 1/2 miles southwest, this Christian church was organized 1825 by Rev. Jas. Miler. Here, Aug. 17, 1829, was held the first recorded conference of Christian churches in East Tennessee. Other elders present were Jeriel Dodge, Robt. . . . — Map (db m22860) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — 1A 89 — Brush Creek Campground
On September 2, 1811, James Nelson deeded to trustees William Nelson, William Duzan, James King, Jacob Hoss and John R. Boring, 4 acres and 8 poles to be used by the Methodist Episcopal Church for a house of worship. For many years a campground for . . . — Map (db m47230) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — 1A 120 — Colored Christian Church and Colored School1889
This 1889 structure, originally "the Colored Christian Church," now West Main Street Christian Church, was also Johnson City's second school building (1889-1891) for "Colored" children. It is the oldest church building and school building still . . . — Map (db m22866) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — 1A 27 — Daniel Boone
0.2 miles along this road is the waterfall under which Boone hid himself from raiding Indians; the falls were then about 4 feet high. 1.1 mile along the road, a marker indicates the site of the beech tree where "D. Boon Cilled a bar in . . . — Map (db m83060) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — 1A 134 — East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Depot
Constructed in 1891 as a union depot for the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad (nicknamed “Tweetsie”) and the East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railroad, the building served as a passenger railway terminal until 1940. . . . — Map (db m47301) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — 1A-28 — Fiddlin’ Charlie Bowman1889-1962
Charlie Bowman, Hall of Fame fiddler, vaudeville performer, and writer of Nine Pound Hammer and East Tennessee Blues, toured with the Hill Billies and other music groups, once performing for President Calvin Coolidge. Two daughters, . . . — Map (db m45590) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — 1A 50 — First Court of Washington County
On Feb. 23, 1778, 0.6 mile NE at the house of Col. Charles Robertson, Trustee, on the “east (Catbird) branch of Sinking Creek” was held the First Court of the newly formed County of Washington, North Carolina, with John Carter, Chairman; . . . — Map (db m83061) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — 1A 22 — History on Knob Creek
About 0.3 miles east stood Twin Falls Grist Mill, belonging to Peter Range, an early immigrant from New Jersey. He bought this land in 1804-08 and built the 2-story & basement stone house, standing today. His limestone marker reads, “P. Range, . . . — Map (db m47462) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — 1A 26 — Jesse Duncan
Two and one quarter miles east, on a ridge north of the road, is the grave of this pioneer, who was killed and scalped by Indians in 1765. He was the first white man known to have been slain in this area. A monument marks this site. — Map (db m22858) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — 1A 93 — Johnson CityIncorporated - December 1, 1869
The town was formerly known as Green Meadows, Blue Plum, Johnson's Depot, Haynesville, then Johnson City. It is situated on land grants of 1782 to Robert and Joseph Young and in 1792 to Joseph Tipton. The town charter was repealed in 1879, but . . . — Map (db m22868) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — Landon Carter HaynesConfederate Senator
This was the home of Landon Carter Haynes, a distinguished lawyer and politician who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives before the onset of the Civil War. Haynes was born in Carter County on December 2, 1816. He attended nearby . . . — Map (db m69684) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — 1A 110 — Langston High School1893-1965
This building housed Johnson City’s first African-American public high school. Named for U.S. Congressman John Mercer Langston, an educator, lawyer, and the first African-American elected to public office in the United States (Ohio, 1856). Langston . . . — Map (db m83062) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — 1 A 135 — National Soldiers’ Home
Approved by an Act of Congress on Jan. 28, 1901, the Mountain Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers was created through the work of Tennessee Congressman Walter P. Brownlow (1851–1910). Known locally as Mountain Home, the . . . — Map (db m2711) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — 1A 60 — Robins’ Roost
William T. Graham built this house in 1890. Robert Love Taylor bought it in 1892 and named it. He went from here to his third term as Governor. His brother, Alfred Alexander Taylor, bought it in 1900, living here until 1903. The latter was Governor . . . — Map (db m47412) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — 1A 88 — Samuel Cole WilliamsJanuary 15, 1864 - December 14, 1947
Front Culminating his career as an attorney, teacher, codifier of law, and justice of the State Supreme Court, Judge Samuel Cole Williams -- the Dean of Tennessee Historians -- provided in the 1940's the leadership and inspiration for . . . — Map (db m83063) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — 1A 58 — Science HillMale & Female Institute
Tipton Jobe, on Feb. 14, 1867, gave land on this hill above Nobb Spring where members of Science Hill Literary Society then built the first brick building in the area to house this school. It was dedicated Oct.27, 1867. The dedicatory sermon was by . . . — Map (db m22905) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — 1A 86 — State Flag
In 1905 the Legislature adopted as the state flag one which was designed by Colonel Le Roy Reeves, a native and resident of Johnson City. The three stars represent the three grand divisions of Tennessee. The flag was first raised by Company F of the . . . — Map (db m47234) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — Tennessee Early History Monument
(Side one) Colonial Period The first men of the English speaking race to tread the soil of Tennessee, James Needham and Gabriel Arthur, passed this site in June, 1673. They followed a great buffalo trail. Crossing the Alleghenies . . . — Map (db m83134) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — 1A 111 — Tipton-Haynes Historic Site
Site of the home occupied by John Tipton, a Revolutionary War officer, legislator, and opponent of the State of Franklin. A skirmish between supporters and opponents of Franklin was fought here February 27-29, 1788. The house was later owned by John . . . — Map (db m83135) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — 1A 5 — William Bean's Cabin
About 1½ miles to the east on a knoll beside Boone’s Creek, a monument marks the spot near where William Bean, first permanent white settler in Tennessee, built his cabin in 1769. The site was previously used by Daniel Boone as a hunting camp. . . . — Map (db m22862) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Johnson City — 1A 75 — William Nelson Home
1 mi. N. was the home of William Nelson. A native of Virginia, he was one of the earliest settlers in this region and served in the Revolutionary War. Francis Asbury, early Methodist bishop, held annual conferences here in 1793, 1796, and 1797. . . . — Map (db m22864) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Jonesborough — 1A-85 — Alfred Eugene Jackson
Born January 1807, this native Tennessean became one of the area’s most successful businessmen, achieving prominence as a financial agent for the East Tenn.& Va. Railroad, which he helped to found. During the Civil War he was appointed a brigadier . . . — Map (db m45456) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Jonesborough — 1A 109 — Alfred Martin Ray Buffalo SolderCirca 1849 - 1917
On July 1, 1898, Lt. Ray planted the United States flag on San Juan Hill, Cuba, amid a hail of enemy bullets during the Spanish-American War. For his heroic courage in action, Ray received a battlefield promotion. He served in the U.S. Army from . . . — Map (db m83136) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Jonesborough — 1A 59 — Cherokee ChurchHolston Baptist Association — 0.1 mile
This Baptist church was organized the first Saturday in September, 1783. Here, the fourth Saturday in October, 1786, Holston Association was organized with Tidence Lane moderator and William Murphy clerk. Seven churches were represented. This was . . . — Map (db m81253) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Jonesborough — 1A 90 — Chester Inn
Built in 1797 by Dr. William P. Chester of Lancaster, Pa., it has been continuously occupied as an Inn, a hotel and an apartment house. Among the guests here have been three presidents of the United States, Andrew Jackson, James K.Polk and Andrew . . . — Map (db m22845) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Jonesborough — 1A 6 — Christopher Taylor House
About one mile southwest of this location, this log house was built in 1777 by this officer who was a veteran of the French and Indian War and a major in the American Revolutionary War. He is buried in the family cemetery nearby. . . . — Map (db m83137) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Jonesborough — 1A 82 — First Abolition Publications
On this site, in 1819-1820, were published The Manumission Intelligencer and The Emancipator. Edited and published by Elihu Embree and printed by Jacob Howard, these were the first periodicals in the United States devoted exclusively . . . — Map (db m22847) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Jonesborough — Jacob Brown1736-1785
Colonial and Revolutionary Service A native of South Carolina; Founder of Brown’s Settlement on Nolachucky River, 1771; Merchant, Gunsmith and Blacksmith to the Cherokee Indians; purchased from those Indians two boundaries of land-a . . . — Map (db m83139) HM WM
Tennessee (Washington County), Jonesborough — 1A 25 — Jacob Brown
About one mile S.W., this pioneer from S.C. settled on Nolichucky River in 1771. Brown's purchase of 2 tracts of land from the Cherokee on March 25, 1775, was made beneath a great oak tree still standing nearby. His sandstone marker reads "Jacob . . . — Map (db m121436) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Jonesborough — 1A-81 — Jonesboro: Oldest Town in Tennessee
Formally established in 1779, by the General Assembly of North Carolina, as county seat of Washington County, first county west of the mountains. In 1784, the State of Franklin was organized here, with Jonesboro as its first capital. — Map (db m45452) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Jonesborough — JonesboroughSesqui-Centennial Celebration 1930
Washington District 1776; the first governmental division ever named in honor of George Washington; Washington County 1777; Jonesborough established by N.C. Act of 1779 laid out 1780; Capital of State of Franklin 1784-1785; Judicial Capital . . . — Map (db m83153) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Jonesborough — 1A 121 — Keystone Pottery
Eighty yards south. German immigrant Charles F. Decker opened the Keystone Pottery in 1872. Kitchen and household ware were produced in large quantities. The Decker family also crafted a variety of unique and beautifully decorated grave markers, . . . — Map (db m83154) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Jonesborough — 1A-87 — State Seal
One-quarter mile SW on the main street of Jonesboro stood the silversmith shop of William and Matthew Atkinson, designers of the Great Seal of the State of Tennessee. Although authorized by the Tennessee Constitution of 1796, the seal was first used . . . — Map (db m45399) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Jonesborough — 1A 92 — Thomas Emmerson
Born in Brunswick County, Virginia, June 23, 1773. Moved to Knoxville in 1800 where he practiced law. First Mayor of Knoxville, judge on Superior Court and State Supreme Court. Charter member of Board of Trustees of East Tennessee College, now the . . . — Map (db m22851) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Jonesborough — 1A 28 — Warner Institute1876 - 1913
Built by the Holston Association of Baptist Churches in 1854, this building housed the Holston Baptist Female Institute, Tadlock's School for Boys (ca. 1866-67), and Holston Male Institute (1867-76) operated by Confederate Colonel Robert Dungan. In . . . — Map (db m83155) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Limestone — A Summary of the Life of Davy Crockett
• Raised in frontier poverty without any education until he is a teenager, David is often hired out to others for additional income while still a child; once held against his will until he escapes under the cover of a winter storm. • To avoid . . . — Map (db m58421) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Limestone — 1A 113 — Battle of Limestone Station
At a bridge here on September 8, 1863, the 100th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, engaged more than 1000 of General Alfred E. Jackson's men in a short skirmish. Out of ammunition and surrounded, the 100th was forced to surrender. Union casualties . . . — Map (db m83156) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Limestone — Crockett
Davy Crockett Pioneer Patriot Soldier Trapper Explorer State Legislator Congressman Martyred at the Alamo 1786 – 1836 [ Back of Monument : ]Original monument placed by Davy Crockett Historical Society . . . — Map (db m58400) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Limestone — Crockett’s Tennessee Westward Movement
In his nearly half century of life, David Crockett literally migrated from east to west Tennessee. From his birthplace near Limestone, to his last home in Rutherford (Gibson County), the Crockett story weaves its way across the Volunteer state for . . . — Map (db m58461) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Limestone — 1C 46 — David Crockett1.8 mi
A flat limestone slab, said to be the doorstone of the original cabin, marks the birthplace of this pioneer. Before his death at the Alamo Massacre in 1836, he had been soldier, trapper, explorer, member of the State Legislature and Representative . . . — Map (db m69615) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Limestone — Davy Crockett’s Birthplace
On this spot Davy Crockett was born Aug. 17, 1786 — Map (db m58401) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Limestone — 1A 74 — Gillespie Stone House
This was built 1792 for George Gillespie by Seth Smith a Quaker stone mason from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. An early fort originally stood on the site, and was the dividing line between Washington and Greene Counties in 1783. This house was . . . — Map (db m69616) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Limestone — The Real Likeness of David Crockett
Even his contemporaries, close friends and relatives outside the artist’s circle, were not always consistent in describing the famous frontiersman. However, almost all agree that he carried an impressive frame, stood erect, and was quite muscular. . . . — Map (db m58457) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Limestone — 1A 30 — Washington College1.7 miles ----->
. . . — Map (db m84811) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Limestone — 1C 6 — Washington CountyEstablished in 1777 named in honor of George Washington
Colonel in the Colonial Army, Commander-in Chief of the Revolutionary Army and first President of the United States of America. — Map (db m84758) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Limestone — Welcome to Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park
David Crockett: 1786 – 1836 When David Crockett was born on this site on August 17, 1786 he entered a new world surrounded by extreme poverty, danger, and uncertainty – the birthright of almost every frontier family in the late . . . — Map (db m58419) HM
Tennessee (Washington County), Telford — 1A 57 — Salem Church
Organized 1780 by Rev. Samuel Doak. Here, the first Tuesday in August 1785, was formed Abingdon Presbytery with Doak as moderator. This first presbytery on Tennessee soil was taken from Hanover Presbytery; it included churches south of New River and . . . — Map (db m84759) HM

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