A very old ad for a resort in Macon County
IMAGE: Bill Carey collection
County Seat: Lafayette
Here, water is big business. There are, beneath the ground in Macon County, natural springs that produce water that is very clean and contains lots of minerals. In the old days (1920s, 1930s, for instance) people would come from all over to vacation near these springs.
The Nestle bottled water plant
Today, a big company called Nestle takes some of the water in Red Boiling Springs (a small town in Macon County
), bottles it, and sells it at your grocery store.
The wall at Jesse T's
Macon County also contains a business that feels like a museum. It's called Jesse T's Trading Post, and it's located along Highway 52. Among other things, Jesse T sells old Tennessee license plates -- and has at least one in stock for every year since 1916!
It's a short drive from Jesse T's Trading Post to the Macon County Courthouse -- shown here.