Hurricane Mills Travel Guide

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    by butterflykizzez04 Written Mar 22, 2014

    mongst the rolling hills and dales of Humphreys County lies Hurricane Mills, home of country music legend Loretta Lynn, and a community that hasn't changed much since the 1800s. The post office, general store, church, and Masonic Lodge, all stand much as they did when the community rose around the iron furnace in the late 19th century.

    Robbie Jones, an MTSU graduate student in the Historic Preservation program, visited Hurricane Mills with a buddy a few summers back. He knew then that the place needed to be on the National Historic Registry and set out to put it there.

    "I met with Sissy and Betty Sue Lynn, who are Loretta's daughters, and they liked the idea," says Jones. "They were also interested in the history of Hurricane Mills. Loretta purchased it in 1966, and her daughters grew up there."

    The Hurricane Mills Rural Historic District, as it is now known, held a great deal of fascination for Jones, who said it easily met the criteria for registry status.

    "The area was significant because of agriculture, architecture, industry, commerce, and engineering," he says. "That's mainly because it was founded in the 1810s as a furnace. It was used as an iron furnace on the Western Highland Rim. There are many places on the rim where iron was important and this is one of them."

    In the 1850s, the iron ran out and Hurricane Mills switched to agriculture.

    "After the iron ran out, a flour mill was built," explains Jones. "There was also a blacksmith business. Today there is no physical evidence of the original furnace."

    Getting the Hurricane Mills Rural Historic District on the National Registry of Historic Places took nearly a year.

    "You have to fill out a nomination form," says Jones. "Then you must research the property, document its history, and determine why it qualifies and under what criterion."

    The documentation goes to the Tennessee State Historic Preservation Office where a board meets three times a year to review petitions. The board then passes the nomination to Washington, D.C., and the office of the National Keeper of the List.

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    Coal Miners Museum

    by chercarousel Written Dec 2, 2004

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    This is the outside of the Coal Miners Daughter Museum. You cannot take pictures inside. But you never know when Loretta or someone from her family just might be there. the museum is in the town of Hurricane Mills.

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    Wagon Ride

    by chercarousel Written Dec 2, 2004

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    You can ride this wagon over to Lorettas house to take a tour. This is the only way you can take a tour of the house. When we was there the cost to tour Butch Holler House, her big house and coal mine was $10.00

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Hurricane Mills Warnings and Dangers

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    Creek

    by chercarousel Written Nov 18, 2004

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    There is a creek that goes throught the campground. There is a place to swim in the creek but be prepaired to where shoes to swim in. There are a lot of stones on the bottom of the creek. When there has been a lot of rain there will be a swift current. Watch the young ones.

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