Belle Meade PlantationIn 1742 a European settler recorded his travel and the conditions of the path which was known as the Natchez Trace. This is the earliest known recording of the trace, a portion of which was located on the site of Belle Meade Plantation. The trace, or trail, was a well-worn foot path created by bison as they travelled north to the Nashville area in search of the salt licks located there. Native Americans would follow this trail thus creating a trace roughly 440 miles from Nashville, Tennessee to Natchez, Mississippi. The Natchez Trace linked the Cumberland, Tennessee and Mississippi rivers and quickly became the main road settlers followed to travel south from Nashville to sell their goods. The trace was used by several Native American tribes such as the Choctaw, Cherokee, and the Chickasaw, who were known to follow the trace into Nashville to sell and trade their furs, pelts, and other goods. Today travelers can still use the "Old Trace" which is 444 mile road known as the Natchez Trace Parkway. The Parkway follows the approximate path of the old trace where original sections, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, remain accessible.
|Series||This marker is part of the Natchez Trace series|
|Placed By||Belle Meade Plantation|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 6:28pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 512071 N 3995809|
|Decimal Degrees||36.10686667, -86.86588333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 6.412', W 86° 51.953'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 6' 24.72" N, 86° 51' 57.18" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 5057 Harding Pike, Nashville TN 37205, US|
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