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    by butterflykizzez04 Written Jul 1, 2014

    History of the McMinnville First United Methodist Church

    The Methodist movement in America can trace its roots to a meeting held in
    Delaware by Dr. Thomas Coke to organize a group of preachers to carry out Wesley’s
    grand plan to spread the faith throughout the Colonies. Thus, in 1784, the Methodist
    Episcopal Church was born in our nation.

    It did not take long for the circuit riders to carry Methodism to the frontier west.
    By the time Tennessee became a state in 1796, meeting houses were established in many
    communities and small towns.

    When the pioneers settled in Warren County, they brought their religion. The
    Church at Shiloh was one of the first congregations to organize along the Methodist
    doctrine here. Others followed soon after, and it was not long before a Bible group was
    assembling at the Court House in McMinnville. Oddly enough, there were few church
    buildings erected at this time even though the Baptists and Church of Christ
    congregations were already organized.

    By the 1830’s, there was a movement in the city to build appropriate meeting
    houses to better accommodate the growing congregations of worshippers. It was at this
    time that the Methodists here decided to erect a proper chapel for the town residents. A
    site was chosen behind the current Magness library and a building was constructed. In
    1852, the “Little Brick Church” was built which served the congregation for many years.

    The history of the current sanctuary began in the 1880’s when the flourishing
    Methodist congregation decided to acquire a lot on Main Street on which to build a new
    church. On August 25, 1886, the dedication stone was set in a grand ceremony which
    included a barbeque and music provided by the Warren House Band. Enough money was
    raised to get the building underway, but not enough to finish it as quickly as most would
    have liked. The final dedication came in 1889 when the $18,000 construction cost was
    liquidated and all building debts were paid.

    Today, the sanctuary remains almost unchanged. Some interior work was done to
    reconfigure the chancel rail and pipe organ some years ago, and the original hanging light
    fixtures have been replaced with new ones. Some of the woodwork has been painted, but
    the beautiful stained glass windows and the pews remain virtually unchanged.

    Additions have been made to the exterior, however. The Willis Chapel to the rear
    of the main sanctuary was completed in 1940 after a receiving a sizable bequeath by Joh

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    by butterflykizzez04 Written Feb 7, 2014

    The Black House is the oldest remaining house in McMinnville, Tennessee.

    Built on acreage that was originally outside the city limits of McMinnville, this house is a good example of the Federal style that once lined our city's streets.

    Jesse Coffee built the home in 1825, but removed himself and his family to Viola the next year. This restored structure was subsequently home to a Revolutionary War solider, Lt. James Sheppard, and to Samuel Laughlin (a close friend of President James K. Polk) and to Judith Harrison. Mrs. Harrison planted the large magnolias in the front yard and helped introduce horticulture to McMinnville, leading to the city's number of renowned gardens in the 1800's.

    A Confederate surgeon, Thomas Black (1837-1904), purchased the home in the days after the War Between the States and maintained his clinic and office there.

    His granddaughter, Jean Leonard, deeded the house and contents to the Eagle Fund for restoration in the mid-1980s. The house has been partially restored and includes many period furnishings throughout the home.

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    by butterflykizzez04 Written Feb 7, 2014

    Tony and I was passing through McMinnville and stopped to take pictures at this park..

    Railroad Bridge over Barren Fork - McMinnville, TN

    I can't find too much information on how old this bridge is, but there was a railroad line that ran from McMinnville to Tullahoma before the Civil War. During the war, the north destroyed every bridge on this line between the two cities, including the one that crossed the Barren Fork River, which I assume is at this same spot.

    Originally, there were multiple mills up and down the river through here, but in 1902, a hydroelectric dam was built, but is not in use anymore. According to a photo on the historical marker nearby, this bridge was already here when the dam was built.

    At one time, the bridge was used by NCStL, and then by L&N, and then by CSX. Today, the tracks are used by the short line Caney Fork & Western Railroad, which connects CSX from Tullahoma to Manchester and Sparta.

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    by butterflykizzez04 Written Feb 3, 2014

    WELL I am in LOVE...with the Natural Beauty that I have found here in my adventures in Tennessee. I moved here about 1 wk before the big flood three years ago, and I have spent most of my time traveling on my days off from work checking out the Natural Beauty that God has given us to enjoy...

    I love to travel and I love FREE so hiking in a beautiful park and hiking around to enjoy the scenery is my answer to the closest place on earth to Heaven!!! I just wish I enjoyed this more when I was in my mid 20's..I wasted some really good years of my life not traveling as much as I guess I am trying to make it up now.

    If you get a chance to go to this park..YOU MUST!!! It is absolutely gorgeous!!! There are so many falls, rocks and beauty everywhere !!!
    We went here with my Brother in law, Matt Vanoy and his wife Lora, and their four kids that was visiting Tony and I from West Virginia. We went here to hike around and to cookout. It was a lovely afternoon.
    It was so windy down by the river, but not so much up top on the ridge in the parking lot area.
    We enjoyed hiking down the mountain side and climbing the rocks to enjoy the views and take some pictures.
    I love this park!! I want to go again if we every get a really big snow ..I would love to see how it looks covered in WHITE...

    I hope you enjoy the photos I took. I loved this park so much!!!

    2476 Great Falls Rd
    Rock Island, TN 38581

    The Caney Fork winds its way westward from its source atop the Cumberland Plateau and drops down to the Highland Rim at Scott's Gulf, where it enters White County. Just past Scott's Gulf, the river gains strength, absorbing Cane Creek and the Calfkiller River as it winds along the base of the plateau. At the community of Walling, the river briefly turns southward and absorbs the Rocky River before turning westward again. Two miles beyond its Rocky River confluence, the Caney Fork absorbs the Collins and enters the Great Falls Gorge. Beyond the gorge, the river enters the upper extremes of its Center Hill Lake impoundment and begins winding its way northward toward its mouth along the Cumberland River, near Carthage.
    The Collins River rises atop the Cumberland Plateau several miles south of Rock Island State Park at the head of a canyon known as Savage Gulf. The river winds its way northward through a section of the Highland Rim known as "the Barrens," and steadies as it enters the eastern section of McMinnville. The river almost joins the Caney Fork at a point just opposite the Great Falls Dam power plant, but instead bends southward to create the peninsula where the present park is located.
    Rock Island, the park's namesake, is an island located in the Caney Fork at 35.79502°N 85.60448°W, approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) upstream from the present site of Great Falls Dam. The community of Rock Island is located along Great Falls Lake east of the state park.

    Rock Island State Park is a state park in Warren County and White County, Tennessee, located in the Southeastern United States. The park is named after the community of Rock Island, Tennessee, which in turn received its name from an island on the Caney Fork upstream from the Collins River confluence and Great Falls Dam.[1] Rock Island State Park is centered around a peninsula created by the confluence of these two rivers and extends downstream to the headwaters of Center Hill Lake.
    The park consists of 883 acres (3.57 km2) and is managed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

    The Great Falls Gorge, located between northern Great Falls Dam and the dam's powerhouse. The gorge includes Great Falls, a series of plunge and cascade waterfalls that spill into the Caney Fork when the river's water levels are low. When water levels are high, the gorge completely fills up, submerging the waterfalls. A short trail leads from the parking lot to the base of the gorge.
    Twin Falls, a cascade waterfall that spills down from an underground cavern into the Caney Fork, just beyond the powerhouse. The waterfall was created by the Great Falls Dam, which caused the Collins River to rise. The rising waters began seeping into underground caverns on Rock Island's south shore and exiting at the falls on the north shore.
    The Great Falls Cotton Mill (also called the Falls City Cotton Mill), located on the bluffs above Great Falls. The mill was built in 1892 and operated until 1902. In 1982 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
    The Spring castle, located adjacent to the cotton mill. The "castle," which is essentially a larger version of a spring house, was used by the cotton mill's workers for refrigeration. It was probably built in the 1890s.
    The Great Falls Dam, located along the Caney Fork near the park's TN-136 entrance. The dam was built 1915-1916.

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