Monday, November 30, 2015

Sunny Point and Edgefield Junction

Tennessee Gazetteer and Business Directory for 1876--7

Sunny Point
A hamlet and post office, 9 miles north of Nashville and 3 miles from Madison station on the L&N and G.S.R.R.  It has 200 inhabitants, contains a country store, wagon shop, Baptist church and common school.  Export, fruits.  Mail once per week.  T. L. Raymer, postmaster.

Edgefield Junction
A thriving village of 400 people located on the Cumberland river in the northern part of Davidson county, and the point of junction of the St.L.&S.E. Ry, and the L&N and G.S.R.R., 10 miles north of Nashville.  It has a steam grist and saw mill, some smaller industries and 3 stores, a Roman Catholic church, Colored Baptist church and a common school.  Corn, wheat and other grain are marketed.  Settled in 1864.  Telegraph, Western Union.  Express, Adams and Southern. Mail daily.  James Galvin, postmaster.

1871 Map Davidson County
Edgefield Junction is shown on the map portion above.  I have not located another reference to Sunny Point.  Three miles north of Madison Station would be just north of where J. E. Sloan is noted on the map, about where the School house is.  This would be near the original location of Amqui Station.  The Amqui Station of today is actually located near the original Madison Station.


  1. Trying to realize where my 4th Gr Grandmother's 200 acres were when she re-located to Davidson County (named after her husband, Brig. Gen. William Lee Davidson). I read this about the location from the book, "Nashville Tales" which mentions Edgefield Junction:

    Description of her property location:

    The farm where General Davidson's widow and children lived near Nashville was "on the north side of Cumberland River, below the mouth of Dry Creek, one mile below and near the Buffalo Crossing"--not far from the later site of Edgefield Junction.

    Land grants were the usual way of rewarding soldiers or their heirs, and in 1785 North Carolina gave 5,750 acres of land to General Davidson's heirs. That land lay in what is now Stewart County.

    The general's widow chose not to live in that far western part of the country, but near the little settlement of Nashville, on a 200-acre farm in what is now East Nashville. There she would be near the outstanding academy at Spring Hill, established by Presbyterian minister, the Reverend Thomas Craighead.

    Nashville's Davidson College (established in 1785 and named for General Davidson, was a forerunner of the present Peabody College.

    1. Edgefield Junction is at the northern end of Madison, near Rivergate Mall.


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