In the 19th and early 20th centuries, resorts built around sulphur springs were the catalyst for a growing Tennessee tourism business. The sulphur springs were highly touted for their medicinal properties.
Allegedly “discovered” by cattle, Jefferson Springs was, for many years a popular resort area. The site of many dances as well as quieter activities such as fishing, Jefferson Springs boasted a hotel, many cottages, a store and a dance hall. In the late 30’s and early 40’s, improved transportation began the decline of the resort. People began taking advantage of the opportunities provided by airlines and improved roads to travel to destinations such as Florida. During WWII, the cottages were used to house military families.
And, as is the case of most things of historic interest in the Jefferson area, the creation of Percy Priest Lake sounded the final death knell for the Jefferson Springs resort. The buildings were torn down and the bridge dynamited into oblivion in 1967. Today, the original springs are buried beneath Percy Priest Lake.
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