I haven’t captured any Autumn colors this year until this post. One Saturday after running some errands, I decided to drive through Chickasaw Trace Park. The Chickasaw Trace Park is another one of Maury County’s hidden gems. It is probably most famous for its bike trails. I hear bikers from all over come here to test their skills on these trails. Along with the bike trails, there are hiking trails, open fields, a RC car track, a RC airplane field, and there is access to the Duck River. At the entrance of the park, you will find the Derryberry Log Cabin. That’s my focus for this post.
This home has the distinction of being the earliest home in the region still standing. It was built before Maury County was established as a county. It is part of the National Registers of Historic Places. Here is an excerpt from the registry form.
“The Derryberry House, or Pineview, built by Adam Derryberry and his son Jacob, circa 1803, is an excellent example of an early log house, later adapted as a Greek Revival residence. The small hall and parlor plan house is clad in weatherboard siding with exterior decoration borrowed from the Greek Revival, including a double-leaf entry with engaged columns, sidelights and transom, pedimented cornices at the elevations, and an altered full-length monumental portico supported by four box columns. The interior is basically unaltered, and contains original wainscotting of high quality, doors, mantels, hardware, and trim. The house is located in the New Lasea area southeast of the northern Maury County town of Spring Hill, in a barren area known as “The Cedars.” The house is one of the earliest in the county, possibly the earliest, and has seen few changes in this century………………..”
I have to admit that as much as I have frequented this park, I never knew the significance of this log cabin. I won’t look at this home the same again. Well, the cool day was turning into a cold day as I felt the temperature dropping the longer I stayed. I looked around for a few more shots before I called it a day.
I’m no history buff, but I love history. It’s cool finding out the significance of things in your own backyard. It makes you wonder about all the cool history being demolished for a parking lot that a lot of times becomes abandoned. I hate when that happens. As always, thanks for reading!
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