Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Kentucky - Tennessee - Sumner County Line

Marker ID: THC 3B 19
Location: on Nashville Rd. (US 31W) at Rodgers Rd. (TN 259), Portland, TN
County: Sumner
Coordinates: N 36° 38.006    W 086° 33.828
  36.63343333    -86.5638
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WME651


Sumner County
Established 1786; named in honor of

Maj. Gen. Jethro Sumner.

Officer in French and Indian War. Served in defense of Charleston, 1776; in the Battles of Brandywine and Germantown; and in the Army at Valley Forge. His last service was in the defense of North Carolina against Cornwallis.


An Iroquois word meaning Meadow Land. It was visited by Indian tribes from as far west as the Rocky Mountains before 1750. The first white settlement was at Harrodsburg in 1774. Kentucky was the second district west of the Alleghenies to be settled and the first (1792) to become a state.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission