A state marker recognizing author Dorothea J. Snow was unveiled Monday morning. It was placed on the corner of Chancery and Locust streets on the state right of way.
Local resident Bonnie Davis spearheaded the effort to recognize Snow’s accomplishments.
“She was best known as an author, but she did much more than that,” said Davis. “She was famous.”
Snow, who also went by Dorothea J. Snow, was born in McMinnville on April 17, 1909. She studied art for two years in Fort Wayne, Ind. Among her numerous accomplishments, she wrote and illustrated a large number of children’s books beginning in 1942. Included in her books are folk tales with Southern mountain settings, biographies, and mystery and adventure stories involving popular TV characters.
Snow’s marker is part of the state’s Historical Markers Program offered by the Tennessee Historical Commission. Started in 1940s, the program has installed 2,000 markers commemorating sites, persons, and events significant in Tennessee history. The marker program is considered by the THC as an effective means of introducing travelers to Tennessee history.
Warren County has other state markers. Among those:
• Anthia Brady Hughes and Willie Hughes. Anthia worked on riverboats on the Tennessee River in the late 1800s. After her marriage, Anthia opened Hughes Studio in McMinnville in 1898. In 1918, her daughter, Willie, entered McMinnville’s Southern School of Photography. Willie joined her mother in the studio and continued her work until 1978. They left more than 35,000 photos of life in McMinnville.
• Camp Smartt. The training area was established in the summer of 1861 by Benjamin J. Hill, who organized and commanded here the 35th Tennessee Infantry until his promotion to brigadier general. Discontinued for a time, the camp was reactivated in 1862 by Col. Marcus J. Wright, who was promoted to brigadier general while here. The camp was used mainly as a center for Confederate conscripts, but the 9th Texas and 20th Alabama Infantry Regiments where here briefly.
• Lucy Virginia Smith French. Poet and author, French published poetry under a pseudonym, was the editor of several Southern literary magazines, published several volumes of prose and poetry including “Wind Whispers” in 1856, “Legends of the South” in 1867, and “Darlingtonia” in 1879. She married John French in 1853 and moved to his McMinnville residence. She died in 1881 and is buried in Riverside Cemetery.
• W.S. “Dad” Lively. In 1875, Lively, a McMinnville native, began his photographic career. His studio was located on the second flood in the Lively Building on Main Street. In 1904, Lively opened the Southern School of Photography, which closed in 1928. It was one of the first of its kind in the U.S. His photographs are in the permanent collection of The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.