This town was named by Andrew Jackson. He is said to have carved "this is War Trail Creek" into a beech tree on his nearby property, marking a Native American warpath. The town was a Confederate winter camp after the Battle of Stones River in Murfreesboro, and a downtown stagecoach stop and tavern became an informal headquarters for Confederate officers. The late 1800s earned Wartrace a reputation as a health resort town, when special trains brought visitors to the sulphur springs that dotted the village and the water was bottled and exported for a brief time.
In the early 20th century, the town was thriving, welcoming railroad travelers and producing agricultural bounty. The Tennessee Walking Horse breed was developed here, and the idea for the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration was born here in 1938, when a group of breeders and trainers gathered at the Walking Horse Hotel. Today, it's a well-preserved historic town with loads of character.
Tennessee Back Roads and Country Fun
Traveling between Chattanooga and Nashville can be a real treat if you make a few stops for fun along the way. Take me there »
Here are some nearby attractions to help you plan a full day of interest and fun.
Date: Dec 6, 2013
A Night of Live Music (including Holiday) and Fantastic Food at the Hip, Historic Commodore Hotel
Location: Linden, TN
Date: Dec 6, 2013 - Dec 7, 2013
Explorastory Appalachian Christmas Stories and Dinner
Location: Gallatin, TN
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