Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Colonel James Robertson

Marker ID:  
Location: in Fort Nashboroough on 1st Avenue North 0.1 miles south of Church Street, Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 9.855    W 086° 46.522
  36.16425    -86.77536666
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None


In honor of
Colonel James Robertson
Born 1742 in Virginia
Died 1814 in Tennessee

He came from eastern North Carolina to the Watauga Settlement in what is now eastern Tennessee 1769-1770, where he was a leader in Civil and Indian Affairs.

Conducted the "Land Party" of settlers to the French Lick in 1779-1780, built this fort Nashborough and defended it in all the various Indian attacks. Remained with the colony when many had forsaken it during a period of great stress, suffering and discouragement, and gave to it a whole life-time of patriotic service.

The verdict of history well entitles him the name of: "The Father of West (now Middle) Tennessee" and the "Founder of Nashville."

"He possessed to an eminent degree the confidence and esteem of all his contemporaries, and merited all the eulogium and affection which the most ardent of his countrymen have ever bestowed upon him.. His services in peace and war are gratefully remembered."