DescriptionMcMinnville was settled on an old Native American war trace between southeastern Tennessee and Kentucky. The Trail of Tears brought almost 10,000 Cherokee through the area in 1838. Native American mounds are found throughout the area. The “Birthing Tree” on the trail received its name from tales of pioneer women—members of traveling wagon trains—giving birth under its branches.
The town's W.S. “Dad” Lively Southern School of Photography, attended by students from all over the country, operated until it was destroyed by fire in 1929. The school drew considerable attention in the early 1900s for its use of a giant camera that required negative plates 60 inches long and 30 inches wide.
Lively's students need not have gone far to find interesting subjects to photograph. Magnificent scenery abounds at nearby Rock Island State Park.
Visitor InfoMcMinnville-Warren County Chamber of Commerce 110 S. Court Sq. MCMINNVILLE, TN 37110. Phone:(931)473-6611
Things to SeeCumberland Caverns