Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Alexander Wilson

Marker ID: THC 3A 19
Location: at the junction of Blue Star Rd. and TN Hwy 11 (U.S. 41), Goodlettsville, TN
County: Sumner
Coordinates: N 36° 20.619    W 086° 43.067
  36.34365    -86.71778333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMEKWN


In the spring of 1810, Alexander Wilson, noted author, naturalist, and known as the "Father of American Ornithology," visited this area while on a horseback trip over the Natchez Trace to the Mississippi River. While here he lodged with the pioneer, Isaac Walton. In this area he recorded his observations of parakeets (now extinct in this area) and two new species of birds which he named the Tennessee Warbler and the Nashville Warbler.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.