Historical Sites In Tennessee
Tennesse's rolling countryside is not the only thing that will catch your eye. Tennessee's hills abound with historical sites that are an attraction to many each year.
There are so many historical sites in Tennessee that it would be impossible to list them all. However, below is a short list of great places to visit and all are located generally close to one another.
The Natchez Trace Parkway starts in southern Mississippi and runs 444 miles to Hohenwald, Tennessee, cutting across a corner of Alabama. The Parkway commemorates Native American paths that were later used by white settlers for commerce and trade extension. The Parkway is a scenic route built and maintained by the National Park Service with major interpretive locations, historic sites, camping and picnicking facilities. One such scenic route is located in Hohenwald. It is the home and burial place of Meriweather Lewis. As well, there are several native trails still in use by park visitors, scenic overlooks, historic monuments, and much more.
The Hohenwald Depot was built in 1806 on the North Carolina and St. Louis Line. Hohenwald was one of the "colonies" brought about by the railroad. The line advertised to immigrants of Germanic origin, inviting them to re-invent their homeland here in America. The Depot has been fully restored, with all precautions taken to restore it to its natural colors and likeness. In fact, in the freight room remains the names of previous employees still carved into the walls. The Hohenwald Depot is famous for such visitors as Thomas Edison, who once visited in search of Cobalt for one of his experiments and Nazi General Rommel's African Corps served as prisoners of war at the Depot.
The Farm is an intentional community (commune) located in Summertown, Tennessee, just a few miles from Hohenwald. It is one of the largest and best known communities and is home to approximately 200 people. It is a 1750-acre community founded in 1971 with a spiritual commitment to simple-living and self reliance. The Farm has pioneered a wide range of social and physical technologies to help with their low-cost high satisfaction living style. One such entrepreneurship is the making of tie-died clothing. Community residents can be seen in various surrounding communities peddling their wares. The clothing is high-quality and made to last. (I own a t-shirt and it is still in great shape after two years!) The community residents are very friendly and helpful, but do not wish to be overwhelmed by visitors, so all visitations are regulated.
The Sears Home, located on the Natchez Trace Parkway, is an example of American ingenuity. It is a "Sarasota" home built in 1910 from the Sears-Roebuck catalog. The pieces arrived cut to match the plan the owner ordered, then assembled on site. This is the previous home of the foreman of the Napier mine. It is presently being restored by the Natchez Trace Wilderness Preserve.
The Nathaniel Tate Home is also located near the Natchez Trace Parkway. It was built in the 1850's by John McClish, who was part Cherokee, and obtained his land as an Indian reservation. Andrew Jackson once stayed on the land near McClish's home on his triumphal return from New Orleans in 1815. It was also the site where the infamous Choctaw Indians made penny-winkle soup. It is presently listed on the National Register.
Tennessee offers many wonderful historic sites to visit. These are just a handful that are well worth visiting if ever you're in or around Hohenwald, Tennessee.