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Picturing the Past 48: Wolf MeadowsPosted Tuesday, February 16, 2010, at 10:17 AM
The large home once located at Wolf Meadows, off Warners Bridge Road. (Photo submitted by Monte Arnold)
Jimmy Clark says he and his father knew Grayson Stewart, who owned the "big house," and visited the residence in his younger years.
"I had once asked my father why they called it Wolf Meadows," Jimmy writes. "He told me that most people didn't really know the entire story. He told me that it is NOT the house that was originally called Wolf Meadows, but the fields (meadows) at the bottom of the bluff where the house was located that had that name. I can only assume that at some time there were wolves (more likely stray dogs that were mistaken as wolves) that roamed that area at night. Hence the name. Over time people just began to call the entire area, and especially the old house, Wolf Meadows.
"I visited there many times growing up. There was a long narrow road that went from Fishing Ford Pike (the road now known as Warners Bridge Road) to the house. And when you finally made that last left turn you could see that wonderful old house sitting at the end of the drive.
"There were many stories about the old place over the years, a couple true, but most are just stories."
By my high school years in the 1970s the "mystery" of Wolf Meadows included stories about mentally handicapped people being chained to trees and howling at the moon. I suspect those weren't true; in later years I heard the man who sheltered the residents was kind to them and, one night, loaded them up and moved to Florida to escape the occasional nighttime traffic and harassment.
Samuel T. Tillman (above) grew up in the house during the Civil War years, according to Monte Arnold, who provided both this week's photos.
Wolf Meadows burned in, I think, the late 1980s. I was there that night and wish I could remember the exact year. I'm planning to order a device which will print 35mm negatives (all we can print now are older large-format negatives) and then you'll start seeing some Picturing the Pasts from the late 1960s to recent years, hopefully (but the older stuff will keep coming as well). Then I'll track down the Wolf Meadows fire negatives.
I remember Warners Bridge Road as Fishingford Pike for many years; the name gradually changed during the 1980s.
More on the Hotel Dixie: I also received some good material on the Hotel Dixie last week. You'll see it here in the next week or two, along with another interesting location in Shelbyville that's been mentioned by readers but not previously pictured.
Knack singer dies: It doesn't seem like 30 years ago -- yet in a way it does -- that "My Sharona" by The Knack was all over the radio.
Lead singer Doug Fieger died of brain cancer Sunday. For a brief time in 1979 some people were referring to The Knack as "the next Beatles." I didn't see that at the time. They were good, but not Beatles-level.
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