Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Perr y- Lewis County Line

Marker ID: THC 3F 15
County: Perry
Waymark: None


Perry County
Established 1819; named in honor of

Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry.

Served in the naval war with Tripoli; in 1809, built and commanded a fleet of gunboats. In 1813, commanding the fleet he had built, recruited and organized on Lake Erie, he met a British fleet in battle, resulting in his famous message, "We have met the enemy and they are ours."

Lewis County
Established 1843; named in honor of

Meriwether Lewis.

Captain in the Army of the United States and one time secretary to President Jefferson. Later, co-commander of the Lewis & Clark Expedition to the Pacific Northwest. Enroute to Washington in 1809, he died violently at the spot on the Natchez Trace now marked by the National Monument bearing his name.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission