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Festivals

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.

Oktober Heritage Festival

Fall Classics Car and Truck ShowLewis County attracts thousands of visitors to the downtown 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 during the event. 

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Winterfest

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 (Thursday night prior),  finds shops in and across the city decorated beautifully for the season and open late during the season.

Jodi Picoult's "Leaving Time"

Have you read Jodi Picoult's "Leaving Time"?  Jodi visited The Elephant Sanctuary here in Hohenwald researching "The Girls in Sanctuary" for this great novel.  "Hohenwald" is mentioned in the book a total of 9 times!  Being the only city in the US named "Hohenwald", we are truly "A City as Unique as its Name!"  Browse through our website , watch our video, make plans to visit our unique city today.  Click here to request more information, whether you are planning a visit or to relocate.  Let us know how you heard about us!JodiLeavingwebsite

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, dying 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 today.  You can visit his gravesite and the monument placed over his grave at milepost 385.9 along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Lewis County's Civil War marker

Lewis County Civil War markerLewis County's Civil War marker was recently installed.  It can be viewed on the southeast grass section of the courthouse lawn, located at 110 Park Ave. N., in Hohenwald.  Maps issued by the Civil War Trail are available at the Chamber of Commerce office.

Natchez Trace Parkway

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The 444-mile Parkway follows one of the four oldest trails in North America from Nashville to Natchez, Mississippi, and is the seventh most visited National Park in the United States. Hohenwald is one of the towns closest to the Parkway.

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Natchez Trace Compact

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Hohenwald/Lewis County Chamber of Commerce membership as a corridor community in the Natchez Trace Compact allows information about our area to reach over 7 million subscribers through the website www.scenictrace.com and various other publications issued by the Compact. 

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Prehistoric Sites

Lewis County contains numerous prehistoric sites, some of which may be among the oldest in the Southeast. Archaeological digs have uncovered settlements with stone hearths and storage pits. No sites are open to the public at this time.

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