Sunday, Oct. 18th, the day after the funeral, we packed up and were on the road about lunchtime.
We stopped for the night at Fort Massac State Park
We arrived at the same time they were ending their annual autumn Civil War re-enactment
On Monday morning, we headed out around 8:30 am., arriving at our planned destination, Old Stone State Park
While only a few miles from the interstate, we now know that the bridge access to the campground is probably not something that should be attempted in a diesel motorhome.
Note the 10T weight limit for 2 axles....hmmm....our bad!!!
On the way in we misread the sign as ok for us, 18 tons and we are about 14 tons. Paying closer attention once we were across we realized that for a dual axle vehicle like ours the limit was 10 tons. There was no other way in or out of the campground though so at that point we had to come back across.
The Old Stone Fort is located between two forks of the Duck River.
Old Stone Fort Campsite
Since we were only staying for one night, we were not too picky on the site we chose. You’ll notice the firepit and table were behind the rig which we would not have liked except we didn’t plan to use them so not a problem.
Interesting wildflower we’d never encountered before
I took the dogs for a quick walk. There did not seem to be a campground host onsite but I did come across this plant which Ken and I couldn’t identify. We definitely need a more comprehensive wildflower and plant guide since this doesn’t appear in our wildflower or Audubon tree guide. Any reference guide recommendations would be much appreciated.
We quickly got back on the road, this time in the jeep, to make our way to Lynchburg. We met the forest ranger on the way out and paid our $20 fee. She said that with budgets as they are, Tennessee no longer honors the Golden Access Pass.
Cindy in front of Jack Daniel’s Visitor’s Center
I drove to Lynchburg to give Ken a break from behind the wheel. Also gave him a chance to study the maps.
Jack Daniel’s Distillery
Jack Daniel's Visitor Center Interior
We enjoyed the various exhibits in the visitor’s center while waiting for the next tour to leave. There is a lot of ‘legend’ around Jack Daniel. For example, he was known to be quite a lady’s man, which is thought to be how the name came about ‘Gentleman Jack’. Also, the ‘No. 7’ label has no clear origin but again local lore ties it back to his romantic relationships.
The tour was especially enjoyable because of the tour guide who was a really great storyteller in his native Alabaman drawl.
Our guide demonstrating how to pour ‘2 fingers’ of Jack Daniel’s!
Ken with Jack in front of his famous spring
The ‘deadly’ safe.
Apparently Jack Daniel’s kicked it in frustration, broke his toe, got infection and died from the infection.
Supposedly you’ll see this anywhere there is a still in operation.
The downtown Lynchburg square
Unfortunately there are no ‘free samples’ at the distillery since it is actually in a dry county!!
After the tour we drove in to Lynchberg and had a late lunch/early dinner on the square. Had we more time we would have planned to do lunch as Miss Bobo’s Boarding House
We decided to use Tuesday morning for exploring the sights at the park where we were staying, Old Stone Fort State Park,
Entrance to old Stone Fort Museum
Cindy Along the old Stone Fort path
Ken getting a feel for the 50 acre open area at the center
Several deer followed us along the path
Some of the falls along the perimeter of the escarpment
We really enjoyed the 2-3 hours we spent exploring this area. The setting is so naturally beautiful, its easy to understand why the ancient tribes considered this sacred space.
We came back to the RV then and loaded up so that by 1pm, Tuesday we were on our way in to Alabama.