This cemetery in which 5 Revolutionary War veterans are buried are also protected by the levee
The citizens of Dandridge made a direct appeal to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, pointing out that this was the only place in the United States named for Martha Washington. Mrs. Roosevelt heard their appeal and made certain that a levee, or wall of dirt, was built protecting the town of Dandridge from flooding.
To this day, you can still easily see the dike only a short walk from the Jefferson County Courthouse. (New York Times, Jan. 16, 1942; June 11, 1961.)
IMAGE: Library of Congress
Also regarding Jefferson County: It was here that legendary Tennessee hunter, warrior and politician David Crockett lived early in his adult life. And thanks to a document that is preserved in Jefferson County, we know something about his early struggles.
On October 21, 1805, Crockett and a young lady named Margaret Elder signed a contract of marriage here. However, Margaret changed her mind before the ceremony and decided to marry someone else. About a year later, Crockett married Polly Finley.
Here is the Jefferson County Courthouse.