Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Lucy Virginia Smith French

Marker ID: THC 2E 64
Location: 714 W Main St, McMinnville, TN
County: Warren
Coordinates: N 35° 41.26    W 085° 47.591
  35.68766666    -85.79318333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Poet and author, born 1825 in Accomac County, Va. Moved to Memphis ca. 1845, where she taught school and published poetry under the pseudonym “L’Inconnue”. Editor of several Southern literary magazines; married John French in 1853; moved to his McMinnville residence, “Forest Home”. Published several volumes of prose and poetry including, Wind Whispers, 1856; Legends of the South, 1867; and Darlingtonia, 1879. Died 1881, buried Riverside Cemetery.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.