Address and Phone:
Natchez Trace Parkway and Highway 20
Hohenwald, TN 38462
Phone: (662) 680-4027
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The grave of celebrated explorer Meriwether Lewis lies along the Natchez Trace, where he died in mysterious circumstances in September 1809. As part of the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition, Lewis added volumes to our scientific and geographical knowledge of the northwestern U.S., and he later became the first governor of the Louisiana Territory. At milepost 385.9 on the parkway, you can visit the monument at his grave and see interpretive exhibits in a log cabin near the site of Grinder's Stand, the inn where he stayed.
Lewis, ill and feverish, stopped at Grinder's with his servants and traveling companions, ate a meal and went to his room. Later, when the landlady heard gunshots and Lewis crying out, she did not go to his aid, but waited until early morning before waking his servants for help. They found Lewis with gunshot wounds to his chest and head, and he died as the sun rose. Although many in government, including Lewis' longtime friend President Thomas Jefferson, accepted the theory of suicide, others claimed murder. The debate still continues, and ghost stories abound at the site.
Today, the park includes a free campground (no amenities), picnic area, hiking trails and restrooms.
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Looking for a day of fun and frolic? Here's a quick list of nearby attractions that you may enjoy.
Date: Dec 12, 2013
Oaklands Historic House Museum's Home School Holiday Tour
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Date: Dec 13, 2013
A Night of Live Music and Fantastic Food at the hip, historic Commodore Hotel
Location: Linden, TN
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