Historic Markers Across Tennessee

George Frederick Gerding

Marker ID: THC 1F 31
Location: in front of the old Courthouse on Main Street in Wartburg, TN
County: Morgan
Coordinates: N 36° 06.319    W 084° 35.870
  36.10531666    -84.59783333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMCY6M


Born in Germany in 1800, be became a successful businessman after moving to New York. He was decorated by Belgium King Leopold I for establishing the first ship line between Antwerp and New York. He was U. S. Consul to Baden-Baden 1845-47. Acquiring 300,000 acres of land, he established the East Tennessee Land Colonization Co. for Swiss, German, and French immigrants. In 1844 he founded Wartburg, and gave land for the town square, a church, and a cemetery. He died in 1884.

Tennessee Historical Commission