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April 28, 2014

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Here we are with only three days left of the A to Z Challenge—three days of more things to see and do in Nashville for our anniversary trip this summer.

If we want to drive an eXtra 35-40 miles past Nashville to Castalian Springs, we can see the Wynnewood State Historic Site, which includes the largest existing log structure in Tennessee.

The main building was built in 1828 by A. R. Wynne, William Cage, and Stephen Roberts to serve as a stagecoach inn for travelers between Nashville and Knoxville. In 1834, Wynne purchased his partners’ shares in the property and moved into the inn with his family. He and is wife raised fourteen kids at Wynnewood. He resided there until his death in 1893.

A grouping of six log buildings including the main structure and five dependencies was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and was declared a National Historic Landmark later that year.

The main building is 110 feet long and 22 feet wide.

During the 2008 Super Tuesday tornado outbreak, Wynnewood took a direct hit from a tornado and suffered major damage to much of the second story, roof, and trees on the property.

It re-opened to the public on July 4, 2012 after a four-year, $4 million restoration project. The restoration brought a more historically accurate look to Wynnewood and allowed for more of the property to be open to the public than was open before the tornado.

When the stagecoach line moved farther south, Wynnewood was turned into a mineral springs resort. The Wynnewood family entertained and housed many famous people in this home. They were close personal friends with President Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Sam Houston.  By the 1840s Wynne had built a row of cottages on the lawn east of the inn and set up a race course at the bottom near Lick Creek. Most guests were attracted by the medicinal qualities of the mineral waters, but Andrew Jackson, a frequent visitor, was attracted by the race course. He usually brought a favorite thoroughbred to run against one of Wynne’s horses.

They even had an incognito visit by the infamous outlaw Jesse James. The bed he slept in, along with some other original furnishings and artifacts, was added to the Wynnewood collection in 2013. These items were graciously donated by Susan Wynne, the granddaughter of George Wynne.

Wynnewood is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

I wouldn’t mind driving the eXtra miles to see this.

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3 Comments
  1. You make me what to take a road trip!!! 🙂

  2. Kensi Kempf permalink

    Sounds cool. 14 kids! Good grief

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