7th annual mid tn hangout oct 25,26,27 merriwether lewis
on the natchez trace park wayneo
map from hyw 100 to the Alabama state line
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