Ever since I started doing genealogy, history has become much more interesting to me. One way I have seen this manifest is that I love to read historical markers now. Not only are they informative, but they can serve as good graphics to illustrate any writing you may be doing on your family’s geographic origins/areas.
While browsing the internet, I located a couple of pictures of historical markers in Blount County. The Historical Marker Database has two listed
How can you find more markers?
- The Fall 1995 issue of The Blount Journal has a listing of markers. You could order this article through your public library’s interlibrary loan department.
- The Tennessee Historical Commission publishes a booklet of all the historical markers in the state. For $3.50 it can be yours
- Waymarker has a listing of markers throughout the state. According to their Google Map interface for browsing, there are not any yet listed for Blount County, but with more than 612 markers listed to date, this may be worth periodically checking. An easy way to stay up to date is to subscribe to the RSS feed.
- Flickr has a Historical Markers Pool – this is not specific to any state though. There are currently more than 3,000 markers listed here!
Next time you pass one, stop and take a picture – contribute to the repositories out there!