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Near Williamsport in Maury County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Stands on the Old Trace

 
 
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By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
1. Stands on the Old Trace Marker
Inscription. 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.

Sheboss Stand
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. Touch for map
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By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
2. Stands on the Old Trace Marker
. Marker is located at the Sheboss Place turnout. Marker is in this post office area: Hampshire TN 38461, United States of America.
 
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 Well Cemetery (approx. 2 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsport.
 
Also see . . .  Natchez Trace. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on June 22, 2015.) 
 
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Stands on the Old Trace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
3. Stands on the Old Trace Marker
At the Sheboss turnout
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 22, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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