Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Samuel Watkins, 1794-1880

Marker ID: NHC 
Location: Wall of building on 6th Ave. near Church St.
County: Davidson
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None


Brick manufacturer and builder, who at the age of 15 fought under Gen. Jackson in the Creek campaigns and at the Battle of New Orleans, left at his death in 1880 this site and $100,000 as an endowment for a school later called Watkins Institute. A pioneer school for adult education, it has been in continuous operation since 1885.


Erected: 1968
(This marker is currently down and awaiting replacement)