Within the Rosemark National Historic District there are two markers within easy walking distance of 8658 Rosemark Road. On the church grounds of Richland Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church is a marker which describes the early history and the founding of that church from its time as a “house church” at the home of Robert McCalla in the late 1850’s until the time of the construction of the first church in 1867.
Immediately south of that location in the Rosemark Community Park, on Kerrville-Rosemark Road is a marker for Dr. Peter J. Flippin, the first practicing physician in Rosemark. Dr. Flippin practiced from 1897 to 1947. Near the marker is the Veteran’s Plaza as well as picnic tables where you can enjoy your own picnic lunch on what was once the site of a small country store owned and run by J. R. Cole for many years. This was also the raw milk pick-up point from local dairies.
Four additional historic markers are a short drive from the Historic District. Three of these are in Barretville: The Bobby Blue Bland marker (internationally famous blues musician); the Paul Barret, Sr. marker (prominent banker and businessman with wide reaching political influence); and a Civil War Trails marker (dealing with, among other times, the raid on Barret’s Farm).
Just north of Barretville, on Mulberry Road, is the Anthony School/Greenwood Cemetery marker honoring an early African-American elementary school and an historic African-American Cemetery.
For more history and information, see An Illustrated History of the People and Towns of Northeast Shelby County and South Central Tipton County. For specific information on locations in Historic Downtown Rosemark, see pages 398 to 400 of An Illustrated History. Also, included on the website is a map showing the location of four historic markers plus the location of the two markers in the heart of the Rosemark National Historic District.