Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Kentucky - Tennessee, Claiborne County Line

Marker ID: THC 1D 4
County: Claiborne
Waymark: None


Claiborne County
Established 1879; named in honor of

William C.C. Claiborne.

Then Governor of Mississippi Territory. He was from 1796 to 1797 judge of the Superior Court of Tennessee & representative in Congress, 1797-1801. Later became Governor of Louisiana and was Senator-elect from the state when he died.


An Iroquois word meaning Meadow Land. It was visited by Indian tribes from as far west as the Rocky Mountains before 1750. The first white settlement was at Harrodsburg in 1774. Kentucky was the second district west of the Alleghenies to be settled and the first (1792) to become a state.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.