Near Williamsport in Maury County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Stands on the Old Trace
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”.
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
Location. 35° 39.542′ N, 87° 19.509′ W. Marker is near Williamsport, Tennessee, in Maury County. Marker can be reached from Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 400.2), 7.6 miles south of Williamsport Pike (Tennessee Route 50), on the right when traveling north. Click for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tobacco Farm - Old Trace (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Natchez Trace at the Tobacco Farm (approx. 0.8 miles away); Tennessee Tobacco Farm (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Tobacco Barn (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Trace Walk (approx. 2.6 miles away); Lands of the Chickasaw (approx. 3 miles away); Jackson Branch – A Stolen Stream (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Family Farm ... Working in Harmony with the Environment (approx. 3.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Williamsport.
Also see . . . Natchez Trace. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on June 22, 2015.)
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