The town of Old Jefferson has long been a bit of a mystery in the Nashville area. There are rumors of a city burned to the ground – unnecessarily. But what’s true, and what’s wildly, wildly false? It’s a terrifying story because this is the tale of a ream of human mistakes. Someone made a bad call, and it tore a town from Tennessee history.
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The town was located at a bend in Stones River, and the Main Street ran from the wharves at the waters edge all the way to the courthouse.
Interesting fact: Old Jefferson is actually situated on the Trail of Tears, the infamous route west.
The house on Liberty Hill in Smyrna, Tennessee is built not far from the Old Jefferson location. It’s a testament to the passage of time, don’t you think?
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It was in the mid-1900’s that the Stewart’s Family Reservoir – now Percy Priest Lake – was approved. In 1963, construction began.
It took 4.5 years to build the dam, and the residents of Old Jefferson were told that their town would be underwater when it was finished. The land was bought up, and the houses burned to the ground. An entire town – gone.
Located just south on Creech’s Fork Road, the foundation of the Creech house is actually still visible.
The site of Old Jefferson is near Smyrna, and you can go pay homage to the town that was burned by the very ones that loved it. Eerie times. Even the best can turn on you, you know? If you’re looking for some more unbelievable things in Tennessee, these Nashville marvels must be seen to be believed – we promise.
Meghan Kraft loves to travel the world, but she makes her home right here in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a degree in English, and has worked in the digital marketing realm with companies such as Apartments.com, USA Today and HarperCollins Publishing.