Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Tolbert Fanning

Marker ID: NHC 113
Location: At the intersection of Vultee Blvd. and Briley Pkwy., Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 07.464    W 086° 41.771
  36.1244    -86.69618333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM9E4X


In 1844, noted educator, evangelist, and agriculturalist Tolbert Fanning started Franklin College, a liberal arts school near this site where boys farmed to cover tuition. In 1855 he co-founded the Gospel Advocate, a religious journal. Fanning's wife, Charlotte Fall, began Fanning Orphan School for girls here in 1884. Their aim was to put education within the "reach of every youth."

The Historical Commission of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County