Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Capt. John Rains

Marker ID: NHC 
Location: SW corner of Rains Ave and Merritt St., Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 8.342    W 086° 45.844
  36.13903333    -86.76406666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


On Christmas 1779 he led his family and livestock across the frozen Cumberland and settled in this vicinity.  In 1784 he built a fort that enclosed the spring 75 yards east.  At James Robertson’s orders he often led a company of scouts against Indians.  His home was on this hill until he died in 1834, age 91.


Erected: 1968