Lewis County is located in Middle Tennessee, southwest of Nashville. It is in one of the state's three "grand divisions". Lewis County was established on 23 December 1842 from Hickman, Maury, Wayne and Lawrence Counties.

Meriwether Lewis, son of William and Lucy Meriwether Lewis, was private secretary to Thomas Jefferson when he was president of the United States and Mr. Jefferson appointed him leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1804 to explore the Northwestern Territory which the United States had bought from France in 1803. Meriwether was a close neighbor to Mr. Jefferson near Charlottesville, Virginia, and when he was wanted at Monticello Mr. Jefferson would signal him with a mirror reflected in the sun.

Lewis County was named in honor of Meriwether Lewis who, in October of 1809, departed this life about 8 miles from Hohenwald, TN. He stopped at Grinder's Stand to spend the evening. Though accounts of the event conflict, Lewis died that evening of gunshot wounds to the chest and head.  Meriwether Lewis was buried near Grinder's Stand where a monument was erected in his memory in 1848.   He was governor of the Territory of Louisiana from 1806 until his death.   His watch was later found in a pawn shop in New Orleans.   This watch, his revolver, diary, compass and many other articles that he used on the Western expedition are now in Jefferson Memorial in St. Louis, given the Memorial by Dr. Anderson of Virginia, who is a great-great-grandson of Jane Lewis Anderson, a sister of Meriwether Lewis.

  Federal authorities reported that he committed suicide.  Others think he was murdered by either bandits on the Natchez Trace, the Grinders, his own servant or federal authorities who would have been implicated in shady land deals on the Trace had he made it back to Washington.  We may never know what really happened that night. 

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Several researchers have asked for hotel/motel information. There are two hotel/motels in Hohenwald:
Deerfield Inn, 235 E Main St, Hohenwald, TN, (931)796-1500
Shadow Acres Motel, 699 Centerville Hwy, Hohenwald, TN (931)796-2201

I have been informed that the Swan View Motel is currently closed due to roadway expansion.

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