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Historical Markers in Lewis County, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Lewis County, Tennessee and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Lewis County, TN (19) Hickman County, TN (20) Lawrence County, TN (61) Maury County, TN (124) Perry County, TN (9) Wayne County, TN (28)  LewisCounty(19) Lewis County (19)  HickmanCounty(20) Hickman County (20)  LawrenceCounty(61) Lawrence County (61)  MauryCounty(124) Maury County (124)  PerryCounty(9) Perry County (9)  WayneCounty(28) Wayne County (28)
Hohenwald is the county seat for Lewis County
Adjacent to Lewis County, Tennessee
      Hickman County (20)  
      Lawrence County (61)  
      Maury County (124)  
      Perry County (9)  
      Wayne County (28)  
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1 Tennessee, Lewis County, Gordonsburg — Lands of the Chickasaw
Before 1805 the Chickasaw Indians owned all the land in this vicinity. Only the Natchez Trace – part of which remains here – had made inroads into tribal territory. When the Indians ceded land to the United States in the early . . . Map (db m84626) HM
2 Tennessee, Lewis County, Gordonsburg — Phosphate Mine
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 . . . Map (db m84647) HM
3 Tennessee, Lewis County, Hohenwald — Civil War in Lewis CountyForagers and Guerrillas
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, . . . Map (db m82216) HM
4 Tennessee, Lewis County, Hohenwald — Founding of Hohenwald
Hohenwald was founded by German immigrants on land granted by the State of Tennessee to members of the Cheatham family. Warren Smith and Byron Smith, mineral, sawmill and land speculators, purchased the land and moved with a small group to build the . . . Map (db m224705) HM
5 Tennessee, Lewis County, Hohenwald — Grinder House
Site and ruins of the Grinder House, in which Meriwether Lewis met his death on the night of Oct. 11, 1809.Map (db m84634) HM
6 Tennessee, Lewis County, Hohenwald — Hattie Louise "Tootsie" Bess
Between 1960 and 1978, Hattie Louise "Tootsie" Bess was the proprietor of Tootsie's Orchid Lounge on Nashville's Lower Broadway. Under her stewardship it became a gathering place for country musicians and songwriters. Supportive during artists' lean . . . Map (db m224700) HM
7 Tennessee, Lewis County, Hohenwald — Hohenwald Neighborhood
The neighborhood just south and southwest of this wall contains several of the first generation (1897-1910) houses and several second generation (1915-1930) houses built by early town mayors and business owners. The Kurscheedt Manufacturing Company . . . Map (db m224701) HM
8 Tennessee, Lewis County, Hohenwald — 3F 13 — Lewis County / Perry County
Lewis County Established 1843; named in honor of Meriwether Lewis Captain in the Army of the United States and one time secretary to President Jefferson. Later, co-commander of the Lewis & Clark Expedition to the Pacific Northwest. . . . Map (db m63130) HM
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9 Tennessee, Lewis County, Hohenwald — Lewis County War Memorial
"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."Map (db m53547) HM
10 Tennessee, Lewis County, Hohenwald — Meriwether Lewis1774-1809
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 . . . Map (db m36068) HM
11 Tennessee, Lewis County, Hohenwald — Meriwether Lewis
One of the world's greatest explorers was Meriwether Lewis, who led the Lewis and Clark Expedition across the American continent from 1803-18 6. The explorers searched for new land that could be settled. Lewis died approximately eight miles east of . . . Map (db m224698) HM
12 Tennessee, Lewis County, Hohenwald — Meriwether Lewis: Life Compass
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? A compass rose is a symbol . . . Map (db m84631) HM
13 Tennessee, Lewis County, Hohenwald — Metal Ford
“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 . . . Map (db m84658) HM
14 Tennessee, Lewis County, Hohenwald — Natchez Trace
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 . . . Map (db m42767) HM
15 Tennessee, Lewis County, Hohenwald — New Switzerland
The town of New Switzerland was renamed "Hohenwald" in a merger of the two towns in the late 1890's. European culture was prominent in the creation of an orchestra, a brass band "Echoes of Switzerland, literary societies and "Society Park."Map (db m224702) HM
16 Tennessee, Lewis County, Hohenwald — New Switzerland II
The N.C. & St.L. Railroad, Frank DeWitt Smith, son of Byron and Eliza Smith, and developer J.C. Propst devised a plan to build an intentional community southwest of the old Hohenwald. Advertisements on trains appealed to Swiss immigrants to move . . . Map (db m224703) HM
17 Tennessee, Lewis County, Hohenwald — Steele's Iron Works
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 blasting . . . Map (db m84657) HM
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18 Tennessee, Lewis County, Hohenwald — 3F 37 — Tennessee's Mormon Massacre
One-half mile west on August 10, 1884, at a farmhouse on the east fork of Cane Creek several Mormon missionaries and their followers were attacked by a mob of disguised citizens. Killed were two missionaries, Elders William S. Berry and John H. . . . Map (db m168648) HM
19 Tennessee, Lewis County, Hohenwald — The Natchez Trace – Early American Trail
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 . . . Map (db m84633) HM
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Dec. 1, 2023