Vaughns Gap, Tennessee

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Project Purpose

The purpose of this sub-project is to have a foundation for all things relating to Vaughns Gap, Davidson County, Tennessee.


Vaughns Gap is located in southwestern Davidson County, Tennessee, near the Williamson County border. Its geographical coordinates are 36° 4' 7" North, 86° 53' 55" West. [1]

Historic Sites

  1. Cedar Glen Spring House

Protected Areas

  1. Burch Reserve
  2. Edwin and Percy Warner Parks

County Common Areas

  1. Warner Park Nature Center


  1. J. R. Binkley Cemetery

Vaughns Gap History

Arrests and Captures

10 December 1866: Charles Ward, who had killed George Gee in February 1865 near the border between Sumner and Davidson Counties, was arrested at Vaughns Gap by Mr. Mayo of the Nashville night police and one of Cheatham's independent detectives. [2] [3]

28 December 1866: Thomas McCrory was arrested at Vaughns Gap. He had been charged with stealing cattle and had been released from jail on a bond, but did not return for his trial. [4]

24 June 1870: James Newsom captured a convict that escaped from the gang working on the Nashville and Northwestern Railroad. [5]

6 April 1875: An escaped convict named Wylie, who had pretended that he could not speak, was captured at Vaughns Gap. [6]

28 April 1896: Escaped convict Larkin Bittle, who was serving a three year sentence for larceny, was captured by a man named Waldron. [7]

24 November 1896: Henry Perkins, alias Brooks, was arrested for robbing the post office at Vaughns Gap. [8]

4 June 1904: Sam Fulghum was arrested for assault with intent to commit murder, after shooting Steve Wilks with birdshot. [9]


4 June 1901: Clementine Virginia (Leech) Binkley's residence and storefront, which contained the post office and the ticket agency for the Northwestern division of the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway, were destroyed by fire. [10]

Public Health

24 July 1879: As a result of the yellow fever outbreak in Memphis, a quarantine station was established on the Nashville and Northwestern Railroad at Vaughns Gap. [11]

Railroad Accidents

19 October 1867: Brakeman John Casey of the Nashville and Northwestern Railroad fell off the train. His right leg was crushed, and he had other injuries. He was taken to Nashville, but died on the way there. [12]

22 August 1870: An accommodation train had an accident at Vaughns Gap. Four freight cars were smashed, and the freight was damaged, but no one was injured. [13]

3 September 1906: John Robinson was run over by a train on the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railroad. [14]

16 June 1915: The mutilated body of an unidentified man was found on the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railroad tracks. He was believed to have been struck by a passenger train. [15]

15 November 1919: The drawbar and safety chains broke on Locomotive 609, Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway, and the locomotive and tender separated. One person was injured. [16]

June 1978: Eleven Louisville & Nashville Railroad cars, including two engines, derailed and blocked Vaughns Gap Road at Highway 100 for several hours. [17]


  1. Vaughns Gap Map, Maplandia.
  2. "Arrest of a Murderer. Nashville Union and American, 14 December 1866, p. 3,
  3. "A Murderer Lodged in Jail. Republican Banner, 14 December 1866, p. 4.
  4. "Brought Back." Republican Banner, 4 January 1867, p. 1.
  5. "Convicts Captured." Knoxville Weekly Chronicle, 29 June 1870, p. 1.
  6. "Played the Fool." Republican Banner, 7 April 1875, p. 4.
  7. "Returned to Prison: One of the Fifteen Escaped Convicts Recaptured Yesterday." Nashville American, 29 April 1896, p. 4.
  8. "Arrested on Suspicion: Henry Perkins, Colored, Is Charged with Robbing a Postoffice." Nashville American, 25 November 1896, p. 5.
  9. "Sprinkled with Birdshot." Nashville American, 5 June 1904, p. 4.
  10. "Destroyed by Fire." Nashville American, 6 June 1901, p. 2.
  11. "Proclamation by the Mayor." Daily American, 25 July 1879, p. 2.
  12. "Sad Accident." Nashville Union and Dispatch, 20 October 1867, p. 3.
  13. "Railroad Accident." Nashville Union and American, 23 August 1870, p. 4.
  14. "Negro Is Killed." Nashville American, 4 September 1906, p. 2.
  15. "Unidentified Man Killed By Train." Nashville Tennesseean and Nashville American, 18 June 1915, p. 5.
  16. Interstate Commerce Commission. Ninth Annual Report of the Chief Inspector, Bureau of Locomotive Inspection, to the Interstate Commerce Commission for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1920. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1920. Available from Google Books.
  17. "Derailment Hits Close to Home for Residents Here." The Tennessean, 24 June 1978, p. 1.


On 19 Oct 2016 at 05:01 GMT Summer (Binkley) Orman wrote:

this looks great Beth, keep up the great work! This area is one of my favorite areas in Nashville. I have a soft spot for the Warner Parks, as I spent a lot of time there as a child.  :D