Visit to Sherwood and Tims Ford Lake

I took a return trip to Franklin County this weekend to check out some of the other areas I have not been to yet. One is rooted in history while another is a thriving recreational area.

I drove to Sherwood which is a bit off the beaten path during the evening. It certainly makes for a eerie drive through the hilly area.  I slept near the post office and woke up the following morning around 5. Shortly afterwards, I snapped this picture of the train passing through.  I then took a few pictures of the old limestone plant.

There are various links online that you can read up on such as Sherwood: a Brief History and Unknown Castle?

I then dropped by the Cowan Railroad Museum. I have been there several times during the time I worked in Franklin County about ten years ago.  While battles were raging at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, this area was also hot on action during the Tullahoma Campaign.

Later that morning, I headed over to Hard Dock Cafe at Tims Ford Marina for a simple breakfast of biscuits and grits and good ole fashioned Southern hospitality.  After this, I headed over to Tims Ford State Park.

If you are wondering why there is a rusty, old car in the picture, the gist of the story is that this area before it was developed into a state park in 1978 was mostly homesteads and farmland. The trees are in the range of 40-50 years old.  Supposedly, sometime in the late 1940’s-early 1950’s, two boys who once lived in the area were playing in the car around the top of the hill where the visitors center is now. The boys knocked out the parking gear and it careened down the hill before resting just before the ravine dips down.  The Lost Creek Overlook trail is basically the area where this vehicle rests as you are starting out on the west end of the trail.

 

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