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AIRPORT in MACON COUNTY

Lafayette Municipal Airport 1300 Airport Rd
Lafayette

Runway Length: 4000 ft x 75 ft
Lighted Runway: Low intensity, 10" beacon
Radio Communications: Unicom

ATTRACTIONS in MACON COUNTY

Westfork Speedway
Long Creek Rd
Macon Co
Short dirt track
Peddler's Ridge
Provides a panoramic view of ridges and valleys of Cumberland Plateau
Union Missionary Baptist Church Waterfall
Macon Co
A natural scenic waterfall
Winding Stairs Waterfall
Macon Co
A natural scenic waterfall
Leonard Cave
Sometimes called the Cavern Dance Hall
Served as local night club in mid 1930's
Includes beer garden, restaurant and 1200 sq ft dance floor
Old Country Store
Pumpkintown & Sunrise
Macon Co

Complete with original counters and early merchandise displays
Walking Horse Farm
Macon Co
Home of "Another Black Label", sired by a World Grand Champion
Displays of antique carriages and buggies
Galen School Museum
An original four room school house, built 1929
Stopped holding classes 1960
History of Macon County on display
One Room School House
Macon Co
Located across the road from the Walking Horse Farm
Original structure once housed eight grades in the same classroom
Old School Building
Beech Hill
Macon Co

HIGHER EDUCATION in MACON COUNTY

Tennessee Vocational Training Center Hwy 52 By-Pass
Lafayette

Established 1966
Serves disabled persons in job placements

HIGHWAYS in MACON COUNTY

U S Highways
231
State Highways
10, 52. 56, 80, 141, 151, 262

HISTORY in MACON COUNTY

Curative powers of water in Salt Lick Creek drew early settlers
County established 1842
Organized no record
Lafayette is county seat
Formed from parts of Smith and Sumner Counties

PEOPLE in MACON COUNTY

Nathaniel Macon
County named after Nathaniel Macon
Born 1757
A Revolutionary War soldier from North Carolina
Served as Speaker of U S House of Representatives
Elected U S Senator
President of the North Carolina Constitutional Convention
Died 1837
Edmund Jennings
Edmund Jennings, a Kentucky Hunter was among first to find area
Nera White
A designated section of Hwy 10 from Lafayette to Kentucky border named after Nera White
Nera White was first female basketball player inducted into Hall of Fame
Played basketball at Macon High School, 1951

CHURCHES in MACON COUNTY

Antioch Missionary Baptist
Organized 1874
Bethany Missionary Baptist
Established 1851
Cedar Bluff Missionary Baptist
Founded July 29th 1887
New Building Erected 1959
Corinth Church of Christ Days Crossroads Missionary Baptist
Organized 1885
Drapers Crossroads Church of Christ
Drapers Crossroads Missionary Baptist
Constituted Sept. 29, 1950
Ebenezer Missionary Baptist
Organized 1871
Enon Missionary Baptist
Organized April 3, 1854
Rebuilt 1970
Fairview Missionary Baptist
Organized 1875
First Baptist
Organized 1940
Constructed 1990
Friendship Missionary Baptist
Founded Oct. 22, 1919
Gravel Hill Missionary Baptist
Established 1869
Hayesville Methodist
Built 1955
Haysville Missionary Baptist
Organized 1925
Hillsdale Baptist
Church organized July 16, 1817 one mile east of Meadorville
Howard Chapel AME Liberty Missionary Baptist
Organized on Long Fork Creek 1822
Lighthouse Fellowship Long Creek Missionary Baptist
Established 1853
Long Fork Missionary Baptist
Organized April 3, 1914
Maple Grove Missionary Baptist #2
Established 1947
Meadorville Missionary Baptist
Organized 1869
Millers Chapel General Baptist
Organized Sept. 10, 1954
Mt Pleasant Church of Christ New Harmony Missionary Baptist
Organized 1848
New Zion General Baptist
Building erected 1957
New Zion Missionary Baptist
Organized March 18, 1910
Oak Grove Missionary Baptist
Erected Sept. 16, 1927
Oakdale General Baptist
Founded 1905
Old Beech Bottom Missionary Baptist
Organized 1904
Building Erected 1994
Pleasant Hill General Baptist Pleasant Valley Methodist
Rocky Mound Missionary Baptist
Organized 187
Building Erected 1960
Russell Hill Missionary Baptist
Established 1885
Russell Hill Cumberland Presbyterian
Organized July 1, 1901
Siloam Missionary Baptist
Organized 1842
Sadler's Chapel United Methodist Spring Creek Missionary Baptist
Organized 1849
Sunrise Missionary Baptist
Organized April 12th 1946
Testament Primitive Baptist
Church organized Feb 8, 1812
Was the first church in Macon County
Originally located at the Gap of the Ridge community
Underwood Methodist
Underwood Missionary Baptist Union Missionary Baptist
Organized 1852
Union Hill General Baptist
Organized 1910
Walton Chapel Church of Christ White Oak Church of Christ Willett Church of Christ
Willett Missionary Baptist
Organized 1855
Williams Church of Christ  

POST OFFICES in MACON COUNTY

Alton Hill Opened: September 10, 1850 Closed: July 18, 1806
Opened: January 16, 1867 Closed: May 21, 1868
Opened: November 30, 1872 Closed: October 6, 1885
Opened: July 17, 1886 Closed: September 30, 1904
Barefoot Opened: October 23, 1891 Closed: February 15, 1904
Bratton's Opened: January 18, 1842 Closed: August 23, 1842
Brooks Tanyard Opened: December 10, 1849 Closed: September 22, 1866
Long Creek Opened: July 2, 1877 Closed: September 10, 1894
Longcreek Opened: September 10, 1894 Closed: October 15, 1907
Meadorville Opened: January 18, 1842 Closed: November 4, 1844
Opened: July 5, 1848 Closed: February 1, 1861
Opened: May 17, 1866 Closed: August 5, 1867
Opened: July 10, 1872 Closed: October 9, 1873
Opened: April 8, 1891 Closed: July 9, 1895
Opened: June 6, 1907 Closed: December 15, 1913
Oak Knob Opened: December 17, 1894 Closed: September 30, 1904
Oak Ridge Opened: June 3, 1878 Closed: July 26, 1888
Obannon Opened: February 24, 1894 Closed: September 30, 1904
Paradise Opened: September 30, 1843 Closed: September 10, 1850
Pryor Opened: May 14, 1891 Closed: January 30, 1904
Puncheon Cap Opened: June 20, 1854 Closed: April 3, 1867
Red Boiling Springs Opened: April 5, 1847 Closed: September 22, 1866
Opened: September 16, 1870 Closed: August 25, 1894
Opened: November 1, 1941 Closed: Operating
Redboiling Springs Opened: August 25, 1894 Closed: November 1, 1941
Rowen Opened: October 14, 1901 Closed: July 30, 1904
Salt Lick Opened: August 20, 1872 Closed: August 21, 1894
Salt Lick Creek Opened: January 18, 1842 Closed: April 5, 1847
Saltlick Opened: August 21, 1894 Closed: September 14, 1905
Saunders Opened: January 22, 1842 Closed: August 19, 1847
Sullivans Opened: October 6, 1885 Closed: September 30, 1904
Sunbank Opened: November 30, 1903 Closed: September 30, 1904
Union Camp Opened: August 26, 1873 Closed: September 30, 1904
Walnut Shade Opened: January 24, 1877 Closed: August 15, 1907
Willette Opened: July 26, 1888 Closed: January 31, 1940

HOSPITALS in MACON COUNTY

Macon County General Hospital 204 Medical Dr
Lafayette

43 beds
Not-for-profit hospital

PARKS of MACON COUNTY

Cross Roads Community Center
Cross Roads
Macon Co
Occupies old school building
Keystone School Community Center
Gap of the Ridge
Macon Co
Occupies old school building

STATISTICS for MACON COUNTY

SIZE of MACON COUNTY
Square Miles 307
Miles of City Streets 40.50
Miles of County Road 548.34
POPULATION of MACON COUNTY
1870   6,633
1880   9,321
1890 10,878
1900 12,881
1910 14,559
1920 14,922
1930 13,872
1940 14,904
1950 13,599
1960 12,197
1970 12,315
1980 15,700
1990 16,146
TEMPERATURES for MACON COUNTY
Yearly Average 61 F
August Average High 78 F
December Average Low 44 F
PRECIPITATION in MACON COUNTY 
Yearly Average Rainfall 58.4 in

VISITOR CENTER in MACON COUNTY

Macon County Chamber of Commerce Located in Key Park on Church St

 

 


LAFAYETTE, Tennessee

ATTRACTIONS in LAFAYETTE

Key Park Log Home
208 Church St
Second oldest house in Macon County
Built same year Macon County came into existence, 1842
Now serves as home of County Historical Society and Chamber of Commerce
Contains exhibits of photographs, books, antiques and clothing from the 1800s
Situated in Key Park
Rock gardens, fountain and bandstand
Free
Macon County Courthouse
Lafayette

GOLF in LAFAYETTE

Macon County Golf Course Long Creek Rd
Lafayette

Private
9 Holes

HISTORY of LAFAYETTE

Organized in 1842
Incorporated in 1843

PEOPLE of LAFAYETTE

John and Mary Johnson
John and Mary Johnson were first to own land now serving Lafayette
Marquis de Lafayette
City named after the famous French general, Marquis de Lafayette
Fought for America in Revolutionary War

CHURCHES of LAFAYETTE

Brattontown Missionary Baptist
Lafayette
Organized Oct. 9, 1925
Grace Baptist
Lafayette
Lafayette Church of God
Lafayette
United Methodist Church
Lafayette
First Baptist Church
Lafayette
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
Lafayette
Lafayette Church of Christ
Lafayette
Bethel Family Worship Center
Lafayette
Willow Creek Mission
Lafayette
First Assembly of God
Lafayette
Lafayette Missionary Baptist Church
Lafayette
Organized 1849
 

SCHOOLS of LAFAYETTE

First School Building The first school building in city was a log structure
It was replaced by two room brick building
A third three room building replaced the two room brick building
It was replaced by eight room building 1901
The last building burned in 1922

LIBRARY of LAFAYETTE

Macon County Public Library 311 Church St
Lafayette

Opened 1954
4,894 sq ft of space

PARKS of LAFAYETTE

City Park
Days Rd
Lafayette
FACILITIES:
Ball field
Picnic areas
Playground
Pool
Tennis (2 lighted)
Volleyball
Key Park Church St
Lafayette

Located on 4 acres of land donated by Deliah Key Jackson, 1975
Chamber of Commerce offices in park
FACILITIES:
Bandstand
Picnic tables
Walk/Jog track
Macon County Fairgrounds Lafayette
Fairgrounds located off Old Hwy 52 next to the airport
FACILITIES:
Little league field, minor league and T-ball fields
Horseback riding
Go cart track (Macon Co Speedway)

SPECIAL DAYS of LAFAYETTE

Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt
March
Key Park
Rotary Club Truck Pull
April
Fairgrounds
People's Choice Art Exhibit
April
High School
Demolition Derby
April
Lafayette
Rotary Club Horse Show
May
Fairgrounds
Show & Shine Car Show
May
Lafayette
Quarterback Club Horse Show
June
Fairgrounds
Cystic Fibrosis Walk for Cure
June
Lafayette
Truck Pull
June
Fairgrounds
Lions Club Hillbilly Days
June
Key Park

Begins on last Thursday night through Saturday of June
Features include:
Thursday- Auction and cake walk
Friday- Fish supper and Gospel singing
Saturday- Bluegrass competition, food and crafts, pony rides, horseshoes, and entertainment
Rawhide Rodeo
July
Fairgrounds
VFW Fish Fry
July
National Guard Armory
Macon County Fair
August
Fairgrounds

Fairgrounds located off Old Hwy 52 next to the airport
83 acres of land included in site
Events include:
Beauty Pageants and Baby Contests
Demolition Derby
Beef, Swine and Sheep Shows
Tractor and Antique Tractor Pulls, Truck Pull, and Pedal Pull
Go Cart Races
Pet Show
Family Fitness Festival
September
Key Park
3 & 4 Wheeler Rodeo
September
Fairgrounds
Christmas Gifts & Crafts Fair
November
High School
Christmas Parade
December
Lafayette
Candelight Tour of Homes
December
Lafayette
 

STATISTICS for LAFAYETTE

POPULATION of LAFAYETTE
1960 1,195
1970 2,583
1980 3,808
1990 3,719
LOCATION CODES for LAFAYETTE
Zip 37083
ELEVATION in LAFAYETTE
Elevation 693 feet

VISITOR CENTER of LAFAYETTE

Lafayette Chamber of Commerce 208 Church St
Lafayette TN 37083

 

 


RED BOILING SPRINGS, Tennessee


ATTRACTIONS in RED BOILING SPRINGS

Covered Bridges
Two covered bridges located in city
Church St
Valley View Drive
Smith Chapel Cemetery
Bennett Hill Rd
Red Boiling Springs
Co-Generation Electricity Plant
Red Boiling Springs
A unique sawdust-fired gas turbine plant
Hardwood Sawmill
Red Boiling Springs
Deerwood Amphitheater
570 Bennett Hill Rd
Red Boiling Springs
A family owned and operated outdoor theater
Hosted its first concert October, 1986
Open May to October
Jernigan Fun Fish Feeding Pond
Bennett Hill Rd
Red Boiling Springs

historical.gif (461 bytes)HISTORY of RED BOILING SPRINGS

Incorporated in 1953
Once was a thriving mineral water health resort
Today, a walking and driving tour explores sites that are part of the community's heritage
You can sample the "healing waters"
Red water bubbled from ground at certain time of day in the Spring
Name of town derived from the event
Red, Freestone, Black, White, and Double-and-Twist are types of waters found
City famous for mineral springs from 1860 to 1930
The Deadman Hotel
Was probably the first built in about 1860
Hotel burned early 1900's
Cloyd, Donoho, Palace, and Arlington Hotels
Four hotels, Cloyd, Donoho, Palace, and Arlington existed 1918
An expansion gave the Palace Hotel 180 rooms in early 1920's
Cloyd Hotel burned and was replaced by a brick structure
The Moss and Counts Hotels
The Moss and Counts Hotels were added in 1920's
Amusements such as bowling, tennis, quoits, croquet, and shuffle board were available
Whitley House was first built on site in late 1800's
Whitley's daughter married a Donoho who built second hotel on site
Donoho Hotel opened 1914
Listed on National Register
Has 38 rooms
Armour's Red Boiling Springs Hotel
321 E Main
Red Boiling Springs

Built by attorney John Smith 1924
First named Smith's Brick Hotel
Later called Counts Hotel for manager Henry Counts
Has 26 rooms
Listed on National Register
Contains Tennessee's only operating mineral bath house
Thomas House
520 E Main
Red Boiling Springs

First building called Cloyd Hotel built around 1890
Zack and Clay Cloyd built an 18 room wooden structure
Hotel bought by Joseph H Peters, 1916
Building burned mid 1920's
Existing building completed 1932
Bricks were made on hill behind the hotel
Listed on National Register

PEOPLE of RED BOILING SPRINGS

Edmund Jennings Edmund Jennings founded the settlement in 1830

CHURCHES of RED BOILING SPRINGS

Bennett Hill Church of Christ
Red Boiling Springs
Church of God
Red Boiling Springs
New Life Community Church
Red Boiling Springs
Red Boiling Springs Church of Christ
Red Boiling Springs
Smith Chapel Methodist Church
Red Boiling Springs
Building erected 1930
 

LIBRARY of RED BOILING SPRINGS

Macon County Public Library 106 Market St
Red Boiling Springs

BED & BREAKFAST INNS of RED BOILING SPRINGS

Donoho Hotel
500 E Main
Red Boiling Springs

Family style dining, seats 128
Antiques and gift shop
Music room
Armours Red Boiling Springs Hotel
321 E Main
Red Boiling Springs

Antiques and gift shop
Contains Tennessee's only mineral bath house
Thomas House
520 E Main
Red Boiling Springs

Originally built 1890 and destroyed by fire
Antiques and gift shop
Swimming Pool
 

PARKS of RED BOILING SPRINGS

Palace Park
Main St
Red Boiling Springs
Back to Nature Campground
Nature Trail Rd
Red Boiling Springs

Water/electric
Shower
Fishing in Pay Lake

SPECIAL DAYS of RED BOILING SPRINGS

R B S Auto Jam
June
Deerwod Amphitheater

Held second weekend in June
Folk Medicine Festival
July
Heritage Manor

Held last weekend in July
Features medicine shows, seminars, and workshops
Music, magic, games, and food
Mid-Tenn Regional Car Meet
September
Armour's Hotel

Held Saturday after Labor Day
Halloween Murder Mystery Weekend
October
Armour's Hotel

Held last of October
 

STATISTICS for RED BOILING SPRINGS

POPULATION of RED BOILING SPRINGS
1960    597
1970    726
1980 1,173
1990    905
LOCATION CODES for RED BOILING SPRINGS
Zip 37150
ELEVATION in RED BOILING SPRINGS
Elevation 1400 feet

VISITOR CENTER of RED BOILING SPRINGS

Welcome Center E Main St

 

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