Travel on the Natchez Trace was an adventure in the early 1800's. The 500-mile trail traversed a sprawling wilderness where only Indians, outlaws, and wild animals were at home. Travelers needed a place to find food, supplies, and rest.
At government request, the Chickasaw tribe permitted the establishment of inns or "stands" at one-day intervals through their lands - but only if Indians were the proprietors. One such stand known as "Sheboss" once operated near here, although the exact location is unknown.
The widow Cranfield operated an inn here with her Indian second-husband who spoke little English. According to legend, when travelers approached with questions about accommodations, he would only point to his wife and say, "She boss".