Historic Markers Across Tennessee

The Market Place of Pearls

Marker ID: THC 1D 20
Location: On Market Street, Clinton, TN
County: Anderson
Coordinates: N 36° 06.198    W 084° 07.899
  36.1033    -84.13165
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM5EK5


The Market Place of Pearls

From about 1895 to 1936 Tennessee was one of the nation's six leading states in marketing pearls. Clinton was listed as one of three Tennessee towns known as centers of the pearling industry. New York dealers came regularly to Clinton during the pearling season. Saturdays were trading days for pearl hunters and buyers. In 1900 Clinch River pearls were featured at the Paris, France, Exposition.

Tennessee Historical Commission.