Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Butler Race Track c. 1825 / Memphis Conference Female Institute 1843-1923

Marker ID: THC 4D 37
Location: at the intersection of Auditorium Street and East Chester Street (U.S. 70), 440 East Chester Street, Jackson, TN
County: Madison
Coordinates: N 35° 36.714    W 088° 48.8
  35.6119    -88.81333333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM1X7G


William E. Butler, who served as Surgeon-General to Andrew Jackson in New Orleans, owned a race track located on this block. Jackson and his wife, Rachel Donelson Jackson, attended races here in 1825. In 1843 Dr. Butler donated the site for a school for young women of the Mid-South known as the Memphis Conference Female Institute. After eighty years the school was relocated in Jackson as a coeducational institution and was renamed Lambuth College.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commision