Historic Markers Across Tennessee

University of the South

Marker ID: THC 2A 56
Location: on E. Brown Rd, Lookout Mountain, TN
County: Hamilton
Coordinates: N 34° 59.689    W 085° 20.648
  34.99481666    -85.34413333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6TAG


Founded here July 4, 1857, when its first trustees, representing Episcopal dioceses in ten Southern states, met to adopt the plan of Bishop (later Confederate General) Leonidas Polk for a university to be sponsored by the Episcopal Church. Following the colorful ceremony here, a second meeting of the Board was held in Montgomery, Alabama, in November, 1857, and Sewanee, Tennessee was chosen as the site.

Tennessee Historical Commission