Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Robert Cartwright

Marker ID: THC 3A 82
Location: U.S. 31, Davidson County, at Dry Creek on Dickerson Road
County: Davidson
Waymark: None


Near here was the home of Robert Cartwright, early pioneer and Indian fighter. Born 1722 in Virginia, he served in the British Army in the French and Indian War, and in the American Army in the Revolutionary War. He came to the Cumberland settlements in 1780 with the Donelson expedition and was a signer of the Cumberland Compact, the first articles of government for the region. He later was a member of the Nickajack expedition against the Chickamauga Indians, and was overseer for construction of the turnpike now followed by this highway. He died in 1809 and is buried nearby.