Wynnewood State Historic Area
Adults - $5.00 each
Senior Discount (over 55) - $4.00 each
Children 6 to 12 - $3.00 each
Children under 6 - Free of charge
Adult groups of 30 or more - $3.00 each
Student groups ages 6 to 12 of 15 or more - $2.00 each
2013 was a very successful year at Wynnewood, All of our visitors were very pleased with the museum and restoration work. The past year, we have added several pieces of original furniture and artifacts to the Wynnewood collection, including the actual bed that Jesse James slept on during his stay at the Inn. These items were graciously donated by Susan Wynne, the granddaughter of George Wynne.
I am pleased to announce that the long awaited Wynne
family/slave life exhibit is almost completed. Many thanks to Dr. Bren
Martin and his dedicated students from MTSU for the outstanding job they
are doing. This exhibit is going to be a true asset to the
interpretation of life at “The Castalian Springs”.
I would like to thank our volunteer tour guides: Judy Miller, Harriett Craig, and Luke Corbitt. Their work is invaluable. A very special thanks goes to Judy and Harriet for making not one, but two trips to Virginia to pick up the special Wynne Family donations. Our Christmas Open House was a great success due to the help of our many volunteers.
With the newly added attractions and continued support, I feel that 2014 will be the best year yet for our beloved national treasure.
Wynnewood Site Director
This handsome log inn was erected in 1828 by A.R.
Wynne, William Cage, and Stephen Roberts on land owned by Wynne's wife,
Almira Winchester Wynne, to serve as a stagecoach inn and mineral
springs resort. A log cabin attached to the rear of the inn was erected
by Isaac Bledsoe during the period of 1772-1780 when he came to this
area as a longhunter.
In 1834, Wynne purchased the interest of his two partners. He and his family moved into the inn and resided there until his death in 1893. Ownership of Wynnewood remained in the family until 1971 when George Winchester Wynne, grandson of the builder, conveyed it to the State of Tennessee for preservation as a historic site.
A.R. Wynne received guests at Wynnewood throughout his lifetime. By the 1840s he had built a row of cottages on the lawn east of the inn and set up a race course in the bottom near Lick Creek. Most guests were attracted by the medicinal qualities of the mineral waters but one frequent visitor, Andrew Jackson, was attracted by the race course and he usually brought a favorite thoroughbred to run against one of Wynne's horses.
During the Civil War Wynnewood was not molested although both Union and Confederate armies passed by its front doors as they hastened along the road between engagements at Hartsville and Gallatin. During the years of Union army occupation, there was a fortified camp complete with earthworks located on Wynne's place about one half mile southwest of the inn.
Wynnewood may have been the largest log structure
ever erected in Tennessee. Certainly, it is the largest to survive to
the time. The main house is 142 feet long with an open hallway or
dogtrot through the center. Some of the logs composing the walls, which
are set firmly on a stone foundation, are thirty-two feet long. Most of
them are oak, some walnut, and others ash, but none of the original logs
are poplar. All rooms have outside doors and are entered from the
gallery that extends 110 feet across the back of the building. An
outside stairway rises to the upstairs room from the dog-trot.
Note: Our newly designed, full-color brochures are now available. Please look for them in tourism racks. You may also contact us if you would like one sent to you.
Our GIFT SHOP is pleased to announce that we will now accept mail orders for our merchandise. We are still working on our web site store. Some of the items available are listed below.
1. Tee shirts- white, with BLHA logo on front and Bledsoe's Lick facts on back
(S, M, XXL & XXXL). Regular $10 & $12...Now $5 & $6.
2. Books- Wynnewood: The History of Wynnewood and it's Families, and A Guide to Bledsoe's Lick Historical Park.
3. Note cards- Doctor's Office, Parker Cabin, Wynnewood (all suitable for framing).
4. Post cards- Line drawing of Wynnewood.
5. Medallions- engraved pure silver coin, Sumner County's only Tennessee Bicentennial Commemorative item, limited edition.
For prices and placing an order, contact:
Bledsoe's Lick Historical Association, Inc.
Open to the Public All Year
10:00 am to 4:00pm Wednesday through Sunday
Closed December, January and February, Mondays, Tuesdays and Major Holidays
Open year round by appointment
Adults - $5.00
Sr Adults - $4.00
Children (6-12) - $3.00
Children under 6 - no charge
Notice: This agency is a recipient of taxpayer funding. If you observe an agency director or employee engaging in any activity which you consider to be illegal or wasteful, please call the state comptrollers toll free hotline 1-800-232-5454.
This project is funded under an agreement with the Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission.
Bledsoe's Lick Historical Association Inc. (BLHA), will not exclude any person from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination in the performance of this grant or in the employment practices of BLHA on the grounds of: disability, age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other classification protected by Federal, Tennessee State constitutional or statutory law. BLHA will, upon request, show proof of such nondiscrimination and will post in conspicuous places, available to all employees, volunteers, members, and visitors, notices of nondiscrimination