County Seat: Hohenwald
On the southeast edge of Lewis County you will find The Farm, which was for many years regarded as the best known commune in America. The Farm is still there. It is no longer a commune, but still welcomes visitors and is, in many ways, a unique place in Tennessee. Click here to go on a Tennessee History for Kids style virtual tour of it.
Bunny, who lives at the Elephant Sanctuary in Lewis County
PHOTO: The Elephant Sanctuary
Residents of The Farm are not, however, the LARGEST residents of Lewis County. Lewis County contains an elephant sanctuary that takes care of old, sick or needy elephants who are retired from zoos and circuses. It contains an elephant shelter, ponds, and lots of wide open space in which the elephants can roam around and, well, be elephants. The sanctuary is not open to the public, but you can check out its inhabitants by clicking here.
The Lewis monument along the Natchez Trace Parkway in Lewis County
Another story: LewisCounty isn’t named for someone who lived there, but someone who died there. Meriwether Lewis was a great explorer; part of the Lewis & Clark expedition that mapped out parts of the American West. In 1809 he was passing through this part of Tennessee when he died under mysterious circumstances. To this day people disagree on whether he committed suicide or was murdered.
For more on Meriwether Lewis, click here.
Here's a photo of the very unremarkable Lewis County Courthouse.