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Historic Marker Program

APTA Historical Markings


  1. M.D. Anderson Home, Jackson, TN


  1. Holy Innocents Cemetery, Arlington, TN
    The cemetery, adjoining the Holy Innocents Church, was established in 1881 by Ephraim Edward and Sara Louisa Butler Greenlee.
  2. C.R. Wilson House, Arlington, TN
    The home at 11965 Walker Street was built by an early settler in Arlington, C.R. Wilson, a hardware and mercantile store owner.
  3. Fiddlers Grove Historical Village, Lebanon, TN
    Fiddlers Grove is a collection of historic structures that provide a better understanding of the history of Wilson County and its way of life.


  1. Lotz House, Franklin, TN
    APTA’s first marking in Williamson County.  The Lotz House was built between 1855 and 1858 by German immigrant, Johann Albert Lotz, a  master carpenter and piano maker.


  1. August 15, 2009- The Cullum Mansion-1838- Carthage, TN
  2. August 22, 2009- The Isaac McBee House -1850-Strawberry Plains, TN
  3. September 12, 2009 The Parker House- 1850- Kingston, TN
  4. October 18, 2009-The Ready Cates Farm- Cannon County
  5. October 4, 2009- The Pillars, circa 1828 Bolivar, TN
  6. TBA - Buchanan Wills House in Nashville


  1. The Republican Primitive Baptist Church- 350 Raymond Taylor Road, Ripley, TN 38063
    Built in 1925 for a congregation that was formed in the 1860's.
  2. Yancey's Tavern-6290 Chestnut Ridge Road Kingsport, TN
    Built in 1779. This was also the Sullivan County old Courthouse from 1780-1792.
  3. Carthage Heights also known as the Cullum Mansion-202 Cullum Avenue, Carthage, TN 37030
    Built in 1838.
  4. The Dome Building-736 Georgia Avenue, Chattanooga, TN
    Commercial building built in 1892 to house the Chattanooga Times. This publisher of the paper, Adolph Ochs, later became the owner of the New York Times.
  5. The Dewey home - 2224 Doctor Robertson Road, Spring Hill, TN 37174
    Rural farm house near the Maury- Williamson County border built in 1896. 

Historic Marker Photo Gallery

  • Ready Cates House 1
  • Ready Cates House 2
  • APTA Oct 5 09 2 Jpeg
  • The Pillars 1
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  • Dome Bldg 1
  • Dome Bldg 2

Criteria for Evaluation

Properties submitted for the APTA Historical Marker must meet the following criteria:

  • Property must be pre-1940’s construction unless special historical events or occurrences were associated with the property or special circumstances about the property merit consideration by the nomination committee.
  • The property is associated with events that have made a significant contribution to Tennessee history.
  • The property is associated with the lives of persons significant in Tennessee history.
  • The property embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction or that represent the work of a master, or that possess high artistic values, or that represent a significant architectural style.

historic marker programThe submission of the nomination will not automatically result in approval for historic designation and marking by the APTA. Nomination for each Grand Division of the State of Tennessee will be accepted every year and two nominations in each Grand Division will be selected by the APTA for designation and marking in each calendar year. Upon the acceptance by the APTA for designation, the site will be recorded on the records of the APTA as a designated historic site and will be featured on the APTA website for that year. The owner(s) of each designated property shall receive a free one (1) year membership to the APTA and the APTA will participate in a “marking” ceremony at the designated property to install an APTA descriptive marker. The marker will cite the traditional name of the home or place, the year of construction and that the site has been designated as a historic site by the APTA. The cost of the APTA marker to the applicant is $500. Payment is required thirty (30) days before the marking ceremony. The owner(s), by signing below, hereby agrees to these conditions and procedures, and agrees to use his or her best efforts to cooperate with the APTA in this process. Properties not selected for designation and marking in a given calendar year will automatically be reconsidered for the next calendar year, unless the applicant withdraws the nomination.

Downlaod the Historic Marker ApplicationForm: marker_application.pdf (31kb)*

* application form provided in Adobe PDF format