Friday, November 22, 2019

Tony L. Turnbow Guest Speaker for DAR Meeting

Tony L. Turnbow is shown here with DAR Regent, Theresa Bridges. He was the guest speaker for the November meeting of the Nanih Waiya DAR. He spoke to the group about the history of the Natchez Trace. Mr.Turnbow has practiced law in Franklin, Tennessee for over 29 years. He has served on the board of directors for several regional, statewide, and local non-profit and civic organizations, and is past president of the Natchez Trace Parkway Association. Mr. Turnbow currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Lewis and Clark Trust, Inc., and is a member of the Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. Mr. Turnbow is an amateur historian. He has published articles related to the history of the Natchez Trace and written and produced a play about the death of explorer Meriwether Lewis. He is the author of Hardened to Hickory: The Missing Chapter in Andrew Jackson's Life.

Mr. Turnbow told the group that the Natchez Trace is one of the oldest trails in North America. To provide a route for moving troops and delivering mail, in 1801 President Jefferson ordered the Army to build a road along the trail. Jefferson dispatched soldiers down the road in 1803 to protect the Louisiana Purchase, and Andrew Jackson and his troops followed it to battle the British in the War of 1812. As an 1800-era link for settling much of what we know as the South, the road served as a pathway between Nashville, Tennessee, and Natchez.

Submitted by: Gwynn Hall