Shelby's Fort


Isaac 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.

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Shelby's Fort marker

Photo by Randell Jones

The marker placed by the Volunteer Chapter, DAR, on October 7, 1927 reads: Shelby's Fort General Evan Shelby erected a fort here in 1771 that sheltered and protected pioneers and sent victorious forces the battle of Point Pleasant, Long Island Flats, and Chickamauga Towns. Here was conceive by Shelby, Campbell, and Sevier, an expedition to Kings Mountain where the entire British force was killed or captured on Oct. 7, 1780. "I remember well the deep and grateful impression made on the mind of everyone by that memorable victory. It was the joyful annunciation of that turn of the tide of success which terminated the Revolutionary War with the seal of our independence." - Thomas Jefferson Erected by Volunteer Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Bristol, Tenn., Oct. 7, 1927 [View Additional File Details]

Isaac Shelby historical marker

Photo by Randell Jones

An historical marker on Shelby Ave. between 6th St. and 7th St. in Bristol, Tennessee, commemorates the life of Isaac Shelby (1750-1826), Frontiersman and Revolutionary War Leader. [View Additional File Details]

Evan Shelby's Fort historical marker

Photo by Randell Jones

This historical marker attached to the side of building in downtown Bristol directs visitors to the site of the Fort Shelby marker placed by the DAR in 1927. [View Additional File Details]

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Randell Jones, A Guide to the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, “Shelby's Fort,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed January 20, 2020, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​24.​
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