THEN, NOW AND IN BETWEEN
R. Lee's history of northern Williamson County, Tennessee, is
now available! This history covers the neighborhood where Hillsboro
Pike crosses the Little Harpeth River from the geologic age to
twelve to fifteen square miles are filled with high wooded ridges
sheltering wildlife, valleys watered by streams both constant
and seasonal, pastures feeding livestock and, in the modern day,
subdivisions. The stream-filled valleys have in the past supported
cultivated fields of barley, wheat, alfalfa, sorghum, tobacco,
corn, and beans. In the last half century the spread of houses
has filled these fields and driven hunters from the wooded hills."
varied terrain in a small space found prosperous and poor families
living as neighbors. All endured spring floods and summer droughts.
All climbed the hills, forded the streams, and worked the fields.
Today the streams and high hills of Beechville are blessed with
much open land and are most noted for their serene beatuy."
Then, Now and In Between contains the stories of families,
beginning with the early settlers and continuing to the present
and includes the history of area schools, churches, and farms.
This 306-page volume of Beechville history can be purchased at
Landmark Booksellers in downtown Franklin, Tennessee.
Where Hillsboro Road crosses the Little
Following are two poems from Beechville: Then, Now and In
somewhat like a barrow
dips to an end in mid-field.
good farmer would know
direction of drainage
what the plow revealed
what the fence post displaced
have every reason to imagine
a grave above flood line
good underground drainage
land unsuitable for crops
the ancients of the place,
did they call him
through the soles of his boots.
his horses hooves,
the slight shell crunch under the grass?
Here we settle new land
build and plow,
hopeful for children, farms,
plant first crops,
shape tools for harvesting,
the first log room,
plan for additions,
to cut roads through the wooded land,
to build a school, a church,
plan a strong family,
a strong neigborhood.
young wife grows round,
a man fashions a cradle.
baby interrupts our family,
our incompleted community.
must find a place
to put her grave.
THE BOOK AT LANDMARK BOOKSELLERS, FRANKLIN TN