Along Scotts Hill’s Old Stage Road

A look down into an old well along Stage Road in Scotts Hill, Tennessee. A tour was given by Mr. David Austin with the Scotts Hill Heritage Collection.
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Article by W. Clay Crook-

It looks like the average farm home in Henderson County, but the home where Robert Milam was born and raised on Stage Road is part of the Scuffle Ridge Stage House, and the old well still sits in a grove of cedars across the road from it. “It was originally a two story log building,” Robert said, opening the door to the original enclosed staircase, “but the upper story was taken down years ago,” leaving quite a large attic space.

The house was built around 1850 and was the first watering spot along the stage road from Scotts Hill to Lexington. David Austin, with the Scotts Hill Heritage Collection, arranged the tour, and helped Robert move the cap from the old hand dug well. “The concrete cap was added later,” Robert said, “it replaced a wooden well cover, but the hand fired bricks are still original.” David added some flavor to the story of the well. “Forrest and his men had breakfast at Dunbar on their way to the fight at Lexington. They stopped here to refresh and…

For complete coverage, see the July 3rd edition of The Lexington Progress.

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