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Civil War Room

Although Dickson County experienced no large battles, there was constant guerrilla activity in the area. The Union Army occupied the county, with headquarters at Charlotte, where the Cumberland Presbyterian Church was used as a hospital. Both armies frequently used churches in this way because the church was usually the largest building in any community.

The actual construction of the railroad through Dickson County was done by the 13th & 12th United States Colored Infantry. Parts of the 13th later fought in the Battle of Nashville and were also detailed to guard the tracks through Dickson County.

Don't miss the touch-screen in this room. Local people in costume tell the stories of Dickson Countians who had experienced the War. These vignettes are based on letters and interviews in The Dickson County Herald during the 1930s. Called "The Over-80 Club," the only criterion for inclusion was that the writer be more than 80 years old.

CRHM Guided Tour
  1. The Hotel and The Drummers' Room
  2. Front Lobby
  3. The Dining Room
  4. Railroad Room
  5. Manager's Suite
  6. Hall and Back Lobby
  7. The Second Floor
  8. 1920s-era Hotel Room
  9. The Business and Commerce Room
  10. Dickson County Rooms
  11. Civil War Room
  12. Preservation Hall
  13. Dickson County African American Community & Hampton School
  14. Governor Clement Rooms
  15. Model Railroad Exhibit