Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Washington Ferry

Marker ID: THC 2B 30
Location: Old Washington Hwy (TN 30) east of the river, Dayton, TN
County: Rhea
Coordinates: N 35° 32.208    W 084° 53.277
  35.5368    -84.88795
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM24WW


About 1807, Conley Hastings established a fery at this site. Originally, it provided transportation between the town of Washington to the west and the Cherokee Territory to the east of the river, and later between Rhea and Meigs County seats of Dayton and Decatur. It was an important transportation link until replaced by a bridge in 1994.