This is another of our history caches, highlighting sites and people of interest in the history of east Tennessee. This information is plagiarized from http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bartlett/bartlett-nicholas.htm
Nicholas BARTLETT was born on 25 Jan 1742 in Maryland. He married Mary MARTIN in 1766. He died on 14 Jan 1814 in Knox County, Tennessee, at age 71. They probably married in Virginia. They first settled in Rockingham County, Virginia. In the fall of 1784, Nicholas and Mary and their six children left the Greenbrier colony (then in Rockingham County) and moved to Tennessee, settling a few miles south of Knoxville. This area was then in what was called the State of Franklin, having once been part of North Carolina, and then was on the frontier and subject to trouble with the Cherokee.
In 1785, Bartlett built a grist mill on Stock Creek, in what then was Greene County and in 1792 became Knox County, and soon the mill was fortified to provide safety from Indian attacks for settlers in the vicinity (There were Indian attacks in 1788, according to the marker.). Blount County was created from Knox County south of Knoxville in 1795 with "Bartlett's Station" lying on the county line. Nicholas owned a large amount of land and gave much of it to his children before his death. His will took care of only those children who had not received gifts of land from him while he was alive. Nicholas was associated closely with Jeremiah Pearce in Virginia. Four Bartlett daughters married Pearce men, apparently two of them brothers and the other two cousins.
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The historical marker where this cache is placed is a hundred yards upstream from where Bartlett built his grist mill. It adds to the information above that Bartlett’s Station was a stage coach stop on the Federal Road. This Federal Road possibly was the same as that which is commemorated in east Knox County as Old Washington Stage Road, GC1NRGH.
The cache is a large lock and lock container, with plenty of room for swag – of which an assortment has been provided. These include some pottery leaf pieces we make, and a couple of necklace pendants (provide your own ribbon), also made by us. FTF should contact us to claim the FTF prize, one of our signature geo-logo necklaces. The route to the cache is through some vegetation, but the location was chosen because it is close to the marker and we did not see any poison ivy there.