2019 trip travel blog

Mud tracks

Mud tracks

Last tour bus

Replica mine

Gate to home

Main gate to home

Front of 1840’s plantation home

Grist mill mid 1800’s

Moonshine still in old mill museum

Original plantation owner cemetery from mid 1800’s

Indian on the hill


It rained hard last night and we have a bad leak above the shower, lots of water came in now for two nights and I will call Fleetwood tomorrow to add this to the list. It stopped raining around 8 AM so we are going to leave.

We were on the fence about going to Hurricane Mills due to soft ground but could not get into the campground in Nashville for 2 1/2 hours once we were on the road so decided to go there and check it out. At check in the lady said there were a few 50 amp sites but she didn’t know which ones, just look around. We did and found a couple that were level but on grass and one that looked somewhat level on gravel. Ray tried to drive into it and was immediately stuck in mud. Wheels just spun and dug into the mud even deeper. Phone service was spotty here in the hills and I was having a really hard time getting through to the office but they did hear me and came with a backhoe. The guy was just really great, said he’d pulled people out earlier in the day, hooked a chain to the back of the Eagle and was able to ease it out of that mud. Tried that somewhat level spot, no luck, did find another one however and were able to back into a roomy level gravel 50 amp spot. The tow guy said we wasn’t aware of which spots were 50 amp and felt that was something they needed to make note of. What trauma for us and the kitties. At least it wasn’t raining in the afternoon.

I was able to get through to Yogi Bear in Nashville and we are only going to stay one night here. After lunch and some downtime we drove around Hurricane Mills and I am happy that we are here as there is quite a lot to see. Tomorrow we’ll take the tour of Loretta’s home, original home replica and the museum. We did check out the western village, her last tour bus is on display and saw the Indian on the hill. Found out that Mooney admired it for years at a local flea market and was able to get it. Loretta is 1/4 Cherokee as her grandfather was full blooded Cherokee.

Also saw some longhorn cattle and the old Anderson cemetery. These were the original owners of the mansion and they established the grist mill on Hurricane creek.

We were able to check out the front gates of her home and the dam and mill. Thankfully right now it has stopped raining.

The campground area is huge. There are golf carts for rent, horse rides, a motocross track, large concert area, must be around 100 campsites in open areas. We are in the open area with W&E. Up the hill in the trees are full hookup sites with paved sites - would have been a real nightmare to get into that full service section of the campground.

There is WIFI that works somewhat and cell service comes and goes - we are out in the hills.

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