Photos from Leiper’s Fork, the Natchez Trace, and the resting place of Meriwether Lewis

Last December, my girlfriend and I decided to visit the grave of Meriwether Lewis because we saw it on Atlas Obscura when looking for creepy places to visit around Nashville. To get there, we drove through Leiper’s Fork and down the Natchez Trace. Our plan was to continue on from the Lewis grave to Hohenwald and look around. But that went awry.

The Natchez Trace is wonderful as a totally empty drive through the country. We stopped at almost every overlook. The weather was grey and overcast but the lack of leaves helped us get some great views. Meriwether Lewis died at a place called The Grinder House, a replica of which you can enter to learn the whole crazy ass story of how this man somehow committed suicide by shooting himself twice.

But the real crazy began when we left Lewis’s grave to go into Hohenwald for lunch. The whole town was closed. It was a Sunday afternoon around 3pm and it was just shut down. My girlfriend made the comment that this was where she’d move during the zombie apocalypse because it seemed so remote. I countered that this was where the zombie apocalypse would start because no one would realize it until it was too late. I didn’t take any photos of the downtown because we didn’t even get out of the car.

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