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Lawrence County, Tennessee is very Americana

Updated: Jun 22

Saturday I rode up to Lawrenceburg, Tennessee for lunch.


rolling hills and woods and a cowboy on a horse
Tennessee cowboy in February

From my house to Lawrenceburg, TN is about a 45 minute drive. I have not been out with my camera a lot recently so I decided that a visit to Lawrenceburg was just a good idea. Lawrence County is very Americana.


A few miles east of Lawrenceburg I looked out in a pasture and saw a group of cows running. Curious about why they were running, I looked again and saw a 4 wheeler rounding them up. And right behind the 4 wheeler was another group being herded by a man on a horse.


a man riding a horse
Rounding up those cows

So I pulled off the road and got a few far-away shots.


cows and a man on a horse
Cowboy rounding up some cows

Tennessee is just a pretty place, even in the gray days of February.


pretty barn
Nice garage/barn east of Lawrenceburg

Lawrence County, Tennessee is very Americana


Back in 1817, the Tennessee General Assembly created Lawrence County from land acquired from the Chickasaw Indians by treaty. A section of Hickman County and a small slice of Giles County became Lawrence County and the county government was established in 1818. The town of Lawrenceburg was established near the county's center. Both the county and town were named after Captain James Lawrence, U.S. Navy, a hero from the war of 1812.



town square and statue
Lawrenceburg town square includes a statue of Davy Crockett

But back in 1786 in eastern Tennessee a man named Davy Crockett was born. Crockett had a rough childhood and early adulthood. He spent years living in Tennessee and Virginia, often working as an indentured servant to pay off his father's debts. But he was smart and learned how to hunt and track and became a scout and frontiersman. As an adult, the first real hometown Crockett had was Lawrenceburg, where he moved to at age 31 in 1817.


Davy Crockett statue
A stature of Davy Crockett stands in Lawrenceburg

In Lawrenceburg Crockett would become a successful businessman and politician. He served three terms as a member of the US House of Representatives from the Lawrence County area.


a statue inscription
Inscription on the Davy Crockett statue.

When Crockett failed to be reelected in 1835 he became bitter and moved to Texas. There he joined the Texas militia to fight in the war with Mexico. He went to join the fight at the Alamo on February 8, 1836 and died there less than a month later.


David Crockett State Park is a popular with both tourist and locals and is located just west of Lawrenceburg.


a bank on a city corner
Public Square First National Bank

Public Square near the center of Lawrenceburg is home of many popular merchants and points of interest. I enjoyed lunch at the 1819 Restaurant there in the Square.


Also on the Square are banks, antique shops and even a music instruction store, Weathers Bros Music.



town corner
Part of Public Square in Lawrenceburg

In 1944 a group of Amish moved into the area and settled around Ethridge, just north of Lawrenceburg. The Amish are a devout religious group. Their farming and craft activities have made the Ethridge area a popular spot with tourists.


Lawrence County has a lot to offer in terms of tourist sites and Americana. I will get back up there one day when I have more time.


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7 Comments


Guest
Feb 29

More nice photos and interesting stories. Well done Sir!

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rockydbaker
Mar 01
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Thank you! And thanks for looking...

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Guest
Feb 29

Beautiful, simple, clean. Thank you for capturing the moment :-)

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rockydbaker
Feb 29
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Thank you Harvey !

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Rhonda Smith
Rhonda Smith
Feb 28

Wonderful photos and information! Thanks for the link to the restaurant! Looks like they have an amazing menu. I would love to go there someday. We have talked about going to the Davy Crockett State Park. I have been to see the Amish at Ethridge, but not Randy. I hope he will go there with me. 😊

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rockydbaker
Feb 29
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Thanks for the comments Rhonda. And thanks for being a Member of Picture Americana!

Rocky

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