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"I was roused from this melancholy reverie by the roaring of Buffalo River, which I forded with great difficulty."
Alexander Wilson, 1811
Here travelers on the Natchez Trace crossed the river which was fordable except after heavy rai…
Here, about 1820, stood a charcoal-burning furnace used to manufacture pig iron. All that remain of this pioneer enterprise are a slag pile and the evidence of a mill race, used to bring water from Buffalo River to operate the furnace's air blasti…
Site and ruins of the Grinder House, in which Meriwether Lewis met his death on the night of Oct. 11, 1809.
In 1809, renowned explorer Meriwether Lewis traveled up the Old Natchez Trace on his way to Washington, D.C. He stopped here at an inn called Grinder's Stand, and died during the night.
What is a Compass Rose?
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The Natchez Trace, a very old trail, was traveled by many early Americans. Captain Meriwether Lewis, leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and governor of the Upper Louisiana Territory, died near this point in 1809 while traveling the Natchez T…
From here north for approximately 40 miles the parkway passes through or near a geologic region of limestone rich in phosphate deposits.
Abandoned mine shafts in limestone ledges on both sides of the parkway in this immediate area are silent r…
"Dedicated to the honor and glory of those of Lewis County who served their country during the Mexican War, the War Between the States, Spanish-American War, World I and II and the Korean Conflict," and the Vietnam Era."
During the war, many Lewis Country men enlisted in Confederate regiments, including the 3rd, 24th, and 48th Tennessee Infantry and the 9th, 10th, and 19th Tennessee Cavalry. Almost all of the young men marched away to war, leaving the elderly, wom…
This plainly visible, though long deserted road is a section of The Natchez Trace, evolved from Buffalo and Indian Trails, into The First National Highway of the South-West, cut and opened under authority of the United States Government, after tre…
Beneath this monument erected under Legislative Act by the State of Tennessee, A.D., 1848, reposes the dust of Meriwether Lewis, a Captain in the United States Army, Private Secretary to President Jefferson, Senior Commander of the Lewis and Clark…