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Signs of History
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Description:
You see them everywhere - on the sides of buildings, at waysides, bolted to rocks - signs that commemorate the history of an area. WARNING: There are already many historic marker categories restricted to geographic areas, particular subjects, or official lists. If the marker you are trying to waymark fits in one of the existing categories, it is NOT allowed here. This category was conceived to fill the gaps these other categories miss. Click on "show additional information" before posting.
Expanded Description:

Find a sign that commemorates the history of an area. This needs to be a permanent sign that was placed by a government organization, church, university or social organization.

We are looking for signs with approximately 50 words that commemorate a bit of local history that occurred at or near the sign that teach the reader about it that cannot be waymarked in another existing historical marker category.

We are not looking for:
o Signs that are commercial in nature
o Signs that simply say "George Washington slept here 1785."
o Signs whose primary purpose is to state that a structure was placed on a National or State Register of Historic places without giving a significant description of the history behind the building
o Signs that give technical details of a structure (height, length, cost, materials used, construction duration) without also providing history
o Signs that teach about science or nature without giving the specific history of the subject

The following is a list of the other historical marker categories on waymarking.com and what historical markers they allow or don't allow as far as we are able to determine (this is currently a work in progress):

United StatesRestrictions
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming Allow any credible historical marker
AlabamaAllows only those on the list
CaliforniaAllows only those on the list
ConnecticutAllows only those primarily placed by the historical commission.
DelawareAllows only those on the list
GeorgiaPlaques located on the Chickamauga National Battlefield (normally blue or red) in NW Georgia detailing the Battle of Chickamauga should be placed in the “Signs of History” category.
HawaiiAllows only those on the list (No list present)
IndianaAllows only those on the list
MarylandAllows only those on the list
NevadaAllows only those on the list
MontanaAllows only outdoor roadside markers (older or newer styles)
New HampshireAllows only those on the list
New JerseyAllows only markers from the New Jersey Historic Trust and New Jersey DOT (no online list - Waymarking.com is helping to create this list)
New YorkOnly official New York State Markers. Visit here for a detailed explanation.
North CarolinaAllows only those on the list
OhioAllows only those on the list
PennsylvaniaAllows only those on the list
TexasAllows only those on the list
TennesseeAllows only those on the list (You must search The Courier newsletter to find the markers)
Virginia (clarification)From the expanded description, "The waymark must be an official Virginia Historic Marker, erected by the authority of the state, a municipality, college, or similar authority. It should be along a highway, in a highway rest area, or some other similar setting." However, the group interprets this only as an official metal sign on a pole (usually white, green or bronze). Other types of plaques, kiosks, etc. will not be accepted in Virginia Historic Markers.
West VirginiaAllows only those on the list
WisconsinAllows only those on the list


CanadaRestrictions
Alberta, Manitoba and SaskatchewanAllow any credible historical marker
British ColumbiaAllows only British Columbia Heritage markers.
OntarioAllows only those on the list
QuebecAllows only those on the list , list or list


InternationalRestrictions
Australian, France, Portugal, Norway, United KingdomAllow any credible historical marker


Instructions for Posting a Signs of History Waymark:
Please include the following in your waymark: - Naming convention: Please use the following naming convention: Title of sign - City, State/Province/Country. For example: The Steam Engine - Dallas, TX. If the sign does not have a clear title, then use a short (1-8 word) description of the main topic covered by the sign. If the sign is two-sided or otherwise has two titles, please include both in the waymark name separated by a / - Two quality pictures of the marker that you have personally taken: one a close-up (please make this your default photo) and one a distance shot showing the marker and its surroundings to assist visitors in finding it. Please do not include your GPSr or yourself in these two photos. Take and upload additional photos if you or your GPSr like to be on the web. Also, please photograph any existing structures or locations that are described on the sign (optional). - The text on the marker. - Coordinates obtained personally by you from your GPSr. If the sign is inside a building or other area where GPS signal is weak, then take the coordinates from a logical entrance and include a description of how to to get from the coordinates to the sign in your description. - Please try to find additional information about the event(s) on the sign and post this information or a web link to it.

NAMING: Please name your waymark: Name - City, State/Province/Country.

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
Take a picture of the marker, preferably including yourself or your GPSr in the photo. A very detailed description of your visit may be substituted for a photo. In any case please provide a description of your visit. A description of only "Visited" or "Saw it while on vacation" by anyone other than the person creating the waymark may be deleted by the waymark owner or the category officers.
Category Settings:
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  • New waymarks of this category are reviewed by the category group prior to being published
  • Category is visible in the directory
Variables:
  • Group that erected the marker
  • URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign
  • Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary
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Signs of HistoryPioneer Graves ~ Lee County, Virginia.

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The site of the 1773 massacre of the son of Daniel Boone and of the son of William Russell is still the subject of a long and continuing controversy in Lee County, Virginia. Here is a marker placed in 1951 by a descendant of the Russell family.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Manville Possum

location: Virginia

date approved: 6/14/2014

last visited: 12/30/2019

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Signs of HistoryBean Station - Bean Station TN

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Permanently settled by William II, Robert, George and Jessie Bean, who were granted over 3,000 acres of land along German Creek for Revolutionary services; William II and Robert being captains of militia.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe

location: Tennessee

date approved: 10/15/2020

last visited: never

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Signs of HistoryFighting in Hawkins County - Surgoinsville, TN

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A historical marker in Surgoinsville.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: Tennessee

date approved: 11/2/2017

last visited: 11/2/2017

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Signs of HistoryThe Greeneville Convention - Greene County, TN

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During the Civil War, political divisions deeply scared the residents of East Tennessee.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: Tennessee

date approved: 7/1/2020

last visited: 7/1/2020

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Signs of HistorySite of Fort Adair-Knoxville, TN

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Located on US 441 near Adair Dr.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62

location: Tennessee

date approved: 7/30/2017

last visited: 7/10/2017

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Signs of HistoryLost State of Franklin - Greeneville, TN

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Replicate capitol building for the frontier State of Franklin (originally Frankland) which was unsuccessful in being recognized by the Continental Congress.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler

location: Tennessee

date approved: 8/6/2012

last visited: 10/5/2018

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Signs of HistoryDaniel Boone Wilderness Trail - Kingsport TN

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In March 1775 Daniel Boone and a group of axmen met nearby at the Holston River and began blazing a trail through 200 miles of forested terrain to the Cumberland Gap and beyond to the Kentucky River.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe

location: Tennessee

date approved: 10/24/2020

last visited: never

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Signs of HistoryFlatboat "Adventure" December 22, 1779 - Kingsport TN

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Colonel John Donelson in his flatboat “Adventure,” leading a flotilla of about 300 people in flatboats and canoes, departed from Fort Patrick Henry on that epic voyage to the Big Salt Lick on the Cumberland River (now Nashville).

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe

location: Tennessee

date approved: 10/24/2020

last visited: never

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Signs of HistoryFort Dickerson 1863–64 - Knoxville, Tennessee

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This Interpretative Sign tells the story of Fort Dickerson during the Civil War.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK

location: Tennessee

date approved: 5/12/2014

last visited: never

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Signs of HistorySuffering and Survival ~ Civil War in Sullivan County, Tennessee.

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A Tennessee Civil War Trails marker at the I-26 Welcome Center in Sullivan County.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Manville Possum

location: Tennessee

date approved: 11/5/2017

last visited: 6/26/2020

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Signs of HistoryA Summary of the Life of Davy Crockett - Limestone TN

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Raised in frontier poverty without any education until he is a teenager, David is often hired out to others for additional income while still a child; once held against his will until he escapes under the cover of a winter storm.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe

location: Tennessee

date approved: 10/24/2020

last visited: never

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Signs of HistoryThe Real Likeness of David Crockett - Limestone TN

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Almost all agree that he carried an impressive frame, stood erect, and was quite muscular. We also know that he preferred to wear his dark brown hair on the longer side, parted down the middle, and was a bit of a stranger to a comb.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe

location: Tennessee

date approved: 10/24/2020

last visited: never

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Signs of HistoryCrockett’s Tennessee Westward Movement - Limestone TN

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In his nearly half century of life, David Crockett literally migrated from east to west Tennessee. From his birthplace near Limestone, to his last home in Rutherford (Gibson County).

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe

location: Tennessee

date approved: 10/24/2020

last visited: never

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Signs of HistoryCamp Wildcat and the Wilderness Road-East Bernstadt, KY

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Located on US 25 near Hazel Patch Rd north of London

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62

location: Kentucky

date approved: 12/6/2020

last visited: never

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Signs of HistoryJacob Brown 1736-1785, Jonesbourgh, TN

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Located on the wall of the courthouse

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62

location: Tennessee

date approved: 5/30/2016

last visited: 12/3/2017

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Signs of HistoryWest - Space Needle - Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA.

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The Gatlinburg Space Needle tower is over 400 ft tall, the observation deck features an historic marker, commenting on the stunning views of the Smoky Mountains & the 1940 visit of President F.D Roosevelt, to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Tennessee

date approved: 10/10/2015

last visited: 10/19/2015

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Signs of HistorySullivan County Tennessee's Second Oldest County - Blountville TN

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Sullivan County was established by the North Carolina Assembly’s October 1779 session; its north of the Holston River section formerly in Washington County, Virginia; and its south of the river section formerly in Washington County, North Carolina.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe

location: Tennessee

date approved: 10/19/2020

last visited: never

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Signs of HistoryAnderson Townhouse - Blountville, TN

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The Anderson House is a two-story hewn log building where early commissioners and justices stayed for business at the Sullivan County Courthouse.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler

location: Tennessee

date approved: 2/2/2009

last visited: 4/24/2016

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Signs of HistoryMaryville Polytechnic School - Maryville, TN

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Memorial to the founders and retained the columns of the old school

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Tennessee

date approved: 8/26/2019

last visited: never

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Signs of HistoryBristol/The Crooked Road-Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail - Bristol VA

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In 1927 the Victor Talking Machine Company sent a portable studio to Bristol, and music publisher Ralph Peer advertized for traditional musicians wishing to try their hand at recording.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe

location: Virginia

date approved: 9/1/2020

last visited: never

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Signs of HistoryNew Gap, New Road - Newfound Gap, Tennessee, USA.

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This interpretative sign tells the story of how the Great Smokey Mountain National Park, was funded, the people involved & how the National Park became reality. Located at Morton Overlook, Smoky Mountain Parkway, Newfound Gap, Tennessee.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Tennessee

date approved: 5/11/2015

last visited: 9/23/2015

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Signs of HistoryHands That Built - Newfound Gap, North Carolina

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This interpretative sign tells the story of how the CCC helped build the Great Smokey Mountain National Park.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK

location: North Carolina

date approved: 11/29/2014

last visited: 10/2/2016

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Signs of HistoryLenoir Cotton Mill c. 1821 - Lenoir City TN

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The Lenoir Cotton Mill, built by Major Wm. Ballard Lenoir between 1810 and 1821, is one of several structures that made up Lenoir's Station.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe

location: Tennessee

date approved: 10/24/2020

last visited: never

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Signs of HistoryDavid Vance - Marshall NC

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LOCATION: Marker is in Marshall, North Carolina, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Bridge Street on Main Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 58 Main St, Marshall NC 28753, United States of America.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe

location: North Carolina

date approved: 10/10/2020

last visited: never

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Signs of HistoryGrinding Days - Oconaluftee Visitor Center & Museum - Cherokee, NC

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How and why the grain becomes food, and feed.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: North Carolina

date approved: 2/25/2019

last visited: never

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