This past weekend, Aikman and I took a little weekend trip down the Natchez Trace, for an annual family gathering with my step-mom’s family. We stayed at Natchez Trace Wilderness Preserve, which reminds me of a1960’s-style summer camp. You can experience cabins, an activities calendar – with an activities coordinator who teaches crafts, puppet shows, and even karaoke/dance lessons. There are trails to explore, places to fish, and even a little putt-putt.
However, the treat is always driving down the Trace, and stopping at some of the historic markers. (Find out more about the Trace, and historic markers here.)
One of our favorites is the burial place and monument for Meriwether Lewis.
Who’s that, you say?
Well, remember Lewis and Clark??? Meriwether Lewis is THE Lewis of this famous duo! Ironically, growing up, I always thought that Meriwether was a funny name for a FEMALE, whom I guessed was most likely called “Mary”! HA! Could I have been more wrong!
Anyways, Meriwether Lewis was shot and killed at a small house, right outside of present-day Hohenwald, TN (yep, that’s pronounced “hoe in walled”). The house is now gone, but a cornerstone still remains.
This is the monument at Lewis’ burial location – not 200 feet the aforementioned house.
Another favorite – just examining places on the Trace where you can still see the paths beat by our forefathers!
One day, I hope to go to each location on the Trace and investigate it!
So, where have you been exciting this summer? Do you have a favorite historical location?