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Meriwether Lewis

MerLewis1bwebsiteBorn August 18, 1774, in Ablemarle County, Virginia, Meriwether Lewis joined the Virginia militia in 1794 during the Whiskey Rebellion and in 1795 enlisted with the United States Army as a Lieutenant.  In 1801 his formal education, leadership skills, and experiences made him the perfect choice to work side by side with President Thomas Jefferson as his personal secretary.  After many talks with the President about an exploration to gather more information of the water systems, Meriwether Lewis was chosen to lead an overland expedition to look for a commercial water route to the Pacific Ocean.  In 1803 Meriwether Lewis and Co-captain William Clark willingly set off to take on the risks and honors that would come along with leading this journey.  After a year of studying with scientists, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, consisting of 35 members ventured into the unknown territory in 1804 and returned safely home to a heroic welcome after a successful 2 year exploration.  During this time they completed nearly 8,000 miles by boat, horseback, and on foot. Upon their return to Washington D.C., the President awarded them with 1,600 acres of the land that they had explored and gave the Northern Louisiana Territory governorship to Meriwether Lewis. In 1809, Lewis was traveling through the remote wilderness along the Natchez Trace in route to Washington D.C.  Lewis had fallen ill and on the evening of October 10, 1809 Lewis and his party stopped at Grinder's Stand for the night.  During the night gunshots were heard and the next morning Lewis was found bleeding and fatally wounded from gunshots.  After being found by his traveling companions he died just a few hours later at the young age of 35.  Whether the great explorer was murdered or committed suicide is still a topic of controversy to this day.  You can visit his gravesite and the monument placed over his grave at milepost 385.9 along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Tour Hohenwald & Lewis County brochure


A brand new guide, complete with directions, is available for all that would like to tour our area.  Download the file here:

 Hohenwald-Lewis County Tourism Brochure 

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The brochure is sure to please guests and local folks alike.  You may request a copy be mailed to you by using our Contact Us form, CLICK HERE.  A list of great restaurants and places to stay are included in the guide.  Get yours today!


Some of our most popular local events include:

 Fall Classics Car and Truck ShowOktober Heritage Festival - second weekend in October
Lewis County attracts thousands of visitors to the downtown area for the Oktober Heritage Festival the second weekend in October each year.  Arts, crafts, food and entertainment are just a few of the attractions.  The Fall Classics Car and Truck Show takes place on Saturday of the event.  The next event will take place on October 9-10, 2015.  The 22nd Annual Fall Classics Car and Truck Show will be on October 10, 2015. 

Winterfest - first weekend in December
The Hohenwald/Lewis County Chamber 's Winterfest, held the first weekend in December in conjunction with the South Central Area Fair Board's Christmas Parade (on Thursday night prior), finds shops in and across the city decorated beautifully for the season and open late during the season.

For more information on any of these festivals, contact the Chamber office at 931-796-4084.

The Strand Art Gallery

Strand18cwebsiteLocal, regional and national artists display artwork in the Strand Art Gallery.  On any given day, visitors may find pieced handmade quilts, carefully rendered watercolor paintings, tasteful photography and other forms of visual arts created and sponsored by the abundant talent and effort of our community.  The Strand Art Gallery provides the opportunity to experience and purchase art through education and exposure.

Located at 100 E. Main St., next to the Strand Theater in downtown Hohenwald, the Strand Art Gallery will always have something available for those who would like to visit and is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Call for information about the latest exhibits at 931-295-3219.

The Strand Theatre

Original Strand TheatreRestored in 2007 and located at 100 East Main St., the Strand Theatre in Hohenwald features live music, plays, and more throughout the year.  The original structure was built in 1939 and is listed as an official city landmark in Hohenwald, Tennessee.

Unless otherwise indicated, all event tickets are available at the Strand Art Gallery, 100 E. Main St., Hohenwald.  Call 931-295-3219, open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  For a listing of events, call 931-295-3076.  

The Strand Theatre is a project of the Hohenwald Arts Council.  

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