Early Tennessee Map – 1818

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John Melish’s 1818 State of Tennessee map.  This map is held in the Tennessee State Library and Archives Historical Map collection.  Reprints and reproductions can be obtained through the Library and Archives HERE.

This is a beautiful map of the State of Tennessee.  It was created in 1818 by John Melish (1771-1822) using the surveys of John Strothers.  The map displays early county lines and the then existing Indian boundaries.

John Melish was a Scottish mapmaker and publisher. In 1811, Melish settled in Philadelphia, working on atlases and maps.  He is very well known as a creator/publisher some of the best maps in early America.

Melish produced a map of the United States in 1816, which he sent to former President Thomas  Jefferson.  Jefferson was so impressed with Melish’s work that he offered a few suggestions for correction, primarily regarding the boundaries of Louisiana and west.  Jefferson’s letter offering suggestions to John Melish is held within the Jefferson papers within the Library of Congress (it is digitally available by clicking here) .  According to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Jefferson placed a copy of the Melish produced United States map was placed in the Entrance Hall at Monticello, Jefferson’s home.

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The new Tennessee State Museum 

Look what’s coming to Nashville!  It is a new Tennessee State Museum and the creators are promising an amazing visual experience. new tn state museum2.png

Approximately $120 million will be invested to create a spectacular “walk through” the creation of the state of Tennessee and present a very hands-on  children’s learning center and gallery. The main exhibit space will total some 60,000 square feet with smaller theater rooms.

The new Tennessee State State Museum is scheduled to open its doors in the Fall of 2018. Sounds like it will be a perfect time to plan a trip to Nashville to soak up some history and learning through the new museum.  With of course some adequate researching time scheduled at the State Archives center!!

Read the story here in the Tennessean.

These photos are renderings for the Museum created by the renowned Gallagher & Associates, an internationally recognized Museum Planning and Design Firm with offices in Washington D.C., New York, San Francisco and Singapore. 

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