DescriptionIsaac Shelby lived at his home Sapling Grove in today's Bristol, Tennessee. He was there when he received the message from, Sam Phillips, the released prisoner, about the British advance into North Carolina and the specific threat to come into the Overmountain region if these back country patriots did not desist their opposition to the British march east of the Appalachians.
The home of Isaac Shelby is commemorated with a marker for "Fort Shelby." Some scholars believe that Fort Shelby was situated elsewhere; nevertheless, the DAR placed this marker at this spot in 1927. It has remained.
The life and heroics of Isaac Shelby are commemorated in another plaque downtown on Shelby Avenue.