In March 2011 the National Park Service put up a new split rail at a section of the Meriwether Lewis site to delineate the Old Trace along the Natchez Trace Parkway.
As visitors left the section of the Old Trace that ran through the forest and came out into the open area of the cabin grounds, most people could not differentiate the Trace from the grounds. Therefore, the National Park Service decided to build this split rail to make it easier for visitors to easily see the boundaries between the Old Trace and the Meriwether Lewis site. The split rail is also commonly used on the Natchez Trace Parkway as a historically and pleasing way to mark areas of interest.
An exciting concept of the Meriwether Lewis site is that the actual section of the Natchez Trace Meriwether Lewis traveled on is still there. There are also new split rails at both entrances to the site, and it is used elsewhere on the Parkway for boundary purposes. The Natchez Trace Compact is excited about this new split rail and we hope visitors enjoy it, as well.