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Historic Structures to see in Meigs County, TN

If you’re in the mood for a scenic drive sprinkled with some regional history, plan to visit Meigs County, Tenn., where you’ll see beautiful country barns, old churches and cemeteries, and homes that played an important role in the formation of this region. Meigs County has 37 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places – here are a few highlights:

 

Bradford Rymer Barn in Georgetown, TN

The Bradford Rymer Barn was built ca. 1930 and is the only stone barn in Meigs County, TN. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this barn is located at 8143 TN-60 in Georgetown, TN.

 

Bradford Rymer Barn (1930) in Georgetown, TN | Photo: Sean Fisher

 

RH Johnson Stable in Ten Mile, TN

 Also known as the Edgemon Barn, this historic structure is located at 30275 TN-58 in Ten Mile, TN. The structure dates back to at least 1888 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

RH Johnson Stable (1888) in Ten Mile, TN | Photo: Sean Fisher

 

Mt. Zion Church and Cemetery in Ten Mile, TN

Historic Mt. Zion Church in Ten Mile, Tenn., was built around 1850 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The cemetery dates back to 1828-1830.

 

Mt. Zion Church in Ten Mile, TN
Mt. Zion Church Cemetery

 

Historic Henley Bridge in Decatur, TN

Also known as Kings Mill Bridge, this truss was built in 1884 by the Champion Bridge Company. It is located west of Highway 58 on Big Sewee Road (County Road 407) north of Decatur. The bridge traverses Sewee Creek and is adjacent to the site of the old Henley (Kings) Mill, after which the bridge was named.

 

Henley Mill Bridge in Decatur, TN | Photo: Sean Fisher

 

Meigs County has a number of farms certified by the Tennessee Century Farms Program, which is managed by the Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU. The focus of the program is to honor and recognize the dedication of families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. 

Map: Carole Swann, TN Dept. of Agriculture

 

The majority of Meigs County’s 37 listings on the National Register of Historic Places were accepted and published in 1982. In 1985, a quilt was made that depicts several of the historic sites or buildings in the county. That quilt and other historic relics are on display at the Meigs County Historical Museum, located at 200 Smith Ave. in Decatur, TN. You can also learn more about Meigs County, TN, at MeigsChamber.org.

 

 

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