Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Lester Flatt — June 19, 1914 - May 11, 1979 —

Marker ID: THC 2D 23
Location: at the intersection of W. Bockman Way (U.S. 70) and Baker Street, Sparta, TN
County: White
Coordinates: N 35° 55.475    W 085° 27.46
  35.92458333    -85.45766666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM20ZC


He was born at Duncans Chapel near the boundary of Putnam and Overton Counties, TN, and moved to Sparta at an early age where he made his permanent home. A bluegrass music pioneer and composer, Mr. Flatt was also a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and star of radio, television, and movies. He performed at Carnegie Hall and entertained audiences around the world as the "Baron of Bluegrass Music." He is buried in the Sparta Oaklawn Memorial Cemetery.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.