Loretto in Lawrence County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge 1908
An agreement was made with the Masons to build and share the two-story wood clapboard building. Different protestant denominations contributed labor, materials, and money. The graveyard, donated in 1908, became Loretto Cemetery after the church was relocated in 1954. The 1908 church was located here, next to the original site of Glenís Stand, built pre-1812 at the present day north corner of 2nd Avenue (Andrew Jacksonís Military Road) at Mill Creek Drive. The village of Glen Rock developed at Glenís Stand on the gentle rise above the spring and creek where Glen Rock Cemetery was located.
The western frontier of America was created as the Mississippi Territory in 1798. This land was the sovereign tribal lands of the Cherokee and Chickasaw Nations prior to the Treaties of 1816. Chief Doublehead of the Chickamauga Cherokee improved an ancient buffalo trail to become Doublehead Trace leading from his villages at the Shoals on the Tennessee River through Lawrence and Maury counties TN to the French Lick (Nashville), where he and his warriors waged war on the Cumberland River settlements, 1775-1795.
Glen Rock prospered after the completion of Jacksonís Military Road in 1820, cutting 200 miles off the previous journey by stage from Nashville to New Orleans made on the Natchez Trace. The Military Road followed parts of Doublehead Trace through Glen Rock. In 1822, mail riders followed parts the new Military Road. The last stagecoach ran in 1849. Glen Rock Post Office was established in 1852. Andrew Jackson joined horse owners from AL, MS, and KY at the race track located near the present day South Lawrence Elementary School on the Old Military Road.
During the Civil War in 1864, General John Bell Hoodís Army of Tennessee of about 30,000 crossed the Tennessee River at Florence, AL. One of three columns of war-torn soldiers, marching to the bitter, winter battles in Franklin and Nashville followed Jacksonís Military Road to Glen Rock where they camped around Glenís Stand.
Location. 35° 4.326′ N, 87° 26.825′ W. Marker is in Loretto, Tennessee, in Lawrence County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Avenue S and Millcreek Drive, on the right when traveling south on 2nd Avenue S. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Loretto TN 38469, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. World War I (approx. 8.7 miles away in Alabama); Tabernacle Church (approx. 9 miles away in Alabama); Grassy Memorial Chapel and Cemetery (approx. 10.9 miles away in Alabama); Lone Cedar Church of Christ (approx. 12.2 miles away in Alabama); Pioneers in Textiles (approx. 13 miles away); David Crockett's Home (approx. 13.1 miles away); Springfield Community 1810/Springfield Church and School (approx. 13.2 miles away in Alabama); James David Vaughan (approx. 13.2 miles away).
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