An Amish and Mennonite community is located just 5 minutes east of the Meriwether Lewis Monument and Gravesite area along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Exit the Trace onto TN Hwy 20, and turn left. Yoder’s Homestead Market, located in the community at 3555 Summertown Hwy, is family owned and operated, selling home-style sandwiches, cheese, and deli meats. Lots of home-baked bread and pastries, spices, nuts, pastas, cookbooks and handcrafted lawn furniture available to purchase. For more information call 931-796-1646. Many of the Amish and Mennonite homes have in season produce for sale, also.
Along the Natchez Trace Parkway at milepost 385.9 is the Meriwether Lewis Monument and Gravesite. Meriwether Lewis, Captain of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, is buried here beneath the monument at Pioneer Cemetery. Take time to stroll along the various trails and visit the information station located in a 1930s cabin. The cabin is located near the site of Grinder’s Stand where Lewis died a mysterious death. Was it murder or suicide?
Located at milepost 391.9 along the Natchez Trace Parkway is Fall Hollow. You can hike the moderately strenuous trail to the waterfall. Take a dip in the cool waters when you get there.
Devil’s Backbone State Natural Area is at milepost 394 along the Natchez Trace Parkway. This hiking trail begins at the pavement of the Natchez Trace Parkway, goes out along the ridges of Tennessee’s Highland Rim, down along a creek, and back again. The trail is a moderately strenuous loop with 200 feet of elevation change that is about 3 miles long.
Established in 2003, Keg Springs Winery, located at 361 Keg Springs Rd., produces a full range of superior quality, award winning wines from very dry to sweet. Free Tastings. Gift shop with packaged cheese, meats, crackers and more. Come relax on the patio deep in the hills of Lewis County. Call 931-285-0589 or log on to www.kegsprings.com for more information.
Amber Falls Winery & Cellars, located at 794 Ridgetop Rd., offers a variety of fine wines that is sure to appeal to nearly every palate. Selections range from Bordeaux-style reds and whites to novelty fruit wines. A complimentary tasting is available in the quaint tasting room located in the cellar of the winery building along with the wines being barrel-aged and the gift shop. Observe the wine-making process from the upstairs viewing room and take a tour of the vineyard. Special events, scenic wooded trails and picnic areas, as well as a charming guest cottage, are also offered for your enjoyment. For more information visit http://www.amberfallswinery.com/ or call 931-285-0088.
On any given day, visitors may find handmade quilts, watercolor paintings, photography or other forms of visual arts. The Strand Art Gallery, located at 100 East Main St., offers regional artists a place to showcase their work, while offering the public an opportunity to view and purchase original artwork. It promotes appreciation for the arts and learning experiences for children and adults. Log onto www.hohenwaldstrand.com or call 931-295-3219.
Restored in 2007 and located at 100 East Main Street, the Strand Theatre Hohenwald features live music, plays and more throughout the year. The original structure was built in 1939 and is listed as an official city landmark in Hohenwald, Tennessee.
Live productions featuring local talent keep audiences coming back for more. Each year, the Strand Theatre Hohenwald welcomes musical guests including Music City Swing, members of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, a traveling Nashville Children’s Opera and a variety of musicians with shows that bring the audience to their feet.
Summer camps teach our youngest music, drama and art culminating in sell out shows for parents, family, friends and supporters of the arts in Hohenwald.
Artwork at the Strand Art Gallery includes work by members of the Meriwether Lewis Artist Group and guest artists. Local, regional and national artists display artwork in the Strand Art Gallery.
On any given day, visitors may find handmade quilts, pottery, jewelry, watercolor and oil paintings, photography and other forms of visual arts.
The Strand Theatre Hohenwald and Strand Art Gallery, located at 100 E. Main St., in Hohenwald, are projects of the Hohenwald Arts Council, a 501 (c)(3) organization.
Call their events line for upcoming event information at 931-295-3076 or log onto www.hohenwaldstrand.com.
Within these walls, located at 108 East Main St., you will discover and experience local history with exhibits of early Native Americans, Meriwether Lewis for whom Lewis County is named, the pioneer era, the mining era and early Hohenwald. You will also enjoy viewing a world-class collection of exotic game animals from remote regions of the globe. The Discovery Center, which is under construction on the Museum campus, will also allow visitors to explore the relationship between humans and nature and then to see how humans have adapted to the environment. For more information visit the website at http://www.lewiscountymuseum.com or call 931-796-1550.
Good food, good service, good atmosphere. The Junkyard Dog Steakhouse, located at 18 N. Maple St., offers steaks, burgers, chicken, fish, and pastas on their menu for your choosing. Weekday plate lunch specials are also offered. For hours call 931-796-0041.
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee was founded in 1995, and has become the nation’s largest natural-habitat refuge developed specifically to meet the needs of endangered elephants. Located on 2700 acres in rural Lewis County, The Elephant Sanctuary is not open to the public, but their Welcome Center at 27 E. Main St., in downtown Hohenwald is open for visitors. Call for hours and programs 931-796-6500 or go to www.elephants.com.
After visiting the site of Meriwether Lewis’ death and monument that marks his grave, drive into the downtown area to visit the Lewis County Museum of Natural History. Their exhibit on Meriwether Lewis includes the key to the cabin where he died. Exhibits on early American Settlement, the Civil War, and Gordonsburg mining will give you a better understanding of what you will see in Lewis County. The museum also contains one of the largest collections of wild game trophies in the western hemisphere. The recorded voices of Dan and Margaret Maddox, who acquired the collection over half a century, guide you through the exhibits.
Few other places have such a diverse mix of sites all packed into a small area-an Amish and Mennonite settlement and General Store, home to two wineries along the Natchez Trace Wine Trail, working Alpaca and horse farms, a 1960’s commune, antique shops with small town prices, unique clothing and gift stores, specialty restaurants, horseback riding trails, even the nation’s largest natural habitat refuge developed specifically for endangered African and Asian elephants.
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