Journal of 100 Miles

Celebrating the communities and culture along the 100 miles of the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tennessee.


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Meriwether Lewis Remembered

FIRST NATIONAL MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MERIWETHER LEWIS
Commemorates 200th Anniversary of Lewis’ Death

It will be an affair to remember as hundreds will gather to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Meriwether Lewis of the exploration duo Lewis and Clark. A true American hero whose death remains a mystery, Lewis will finally receive a much deserved official memorial service on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 2:30pm.

At the end of the winding lane off milepost 385.9 on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Hohenwald, is the peaceful setting of Lewis’ gravesite and memorial where the event will take place honoring the man who sacrificed for his country and for his achievements and contributions to our nation.  Among those joining the event will be family descendants of both Lewis and Clark, government officials, tribal chiefs, representatives from Monticello, re-enactors from the Lewis and Clark Expedition bicentennial and people from across the country along with a moving performance from the 101st Airborne Infantry Band and a drum and fife corps.

Following this historical event are weekend festivities in the surrounding area of Hohenwald which include the town’s Oktober Heritage Festival (Oct. 9-10), a performance at the Strand Theatre (Oct. 9, 10, 16, 17) bringing to life the story of Meriwether Lewis and a festive time at Amber Falls Winery with their Meriwether Lewis commemorative wine release along with entertainment through the weekend.

What a great time to experience Hohenwald!  For more information visitwww.hohenwaldlewischamber.com.

October 2009