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Bulger's Beat: Harvest of Homes Tour rich in TN history

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The fall forecast this weekend in Dickson County calls for sunshine, 60-degree temperatures and a whole lot of Tennessee history.

The historic homes on display in the Harvest of Homes Fall Tour bring back Tennessee memories that include cigar makers, crab orchard stone and the War of 1812.

The old Hickerson Hotel in Charlotte was once a resting place on the stage coach route to Clarksville. The dinner bell is still in place, but there are no travelers any more. These days, it's the home of Jim and Sissy Baldwin.

Dickson had a hotel, too - a railroad respite for traveling salesmen - and once the home of Tennessee Gov. Frank Clement.

Also on the route are townhomes, including one that was once home in the 1920s to a company that rolled out fresh cigars every day.

In 1938, a truck carrying a load of crab orchard stone overturned on College Street. Instead of loading it back on the truck, the homeowner nearby bought it, and today the stone still covers the home of Steve and Mary Davidson.

Blazing colors of the autumn leaves still clinging to the trees highlight the homes, but the color doesn't end there. The stories that come with these places are rich in the history of the red, white and blue.

The tour is set for the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 18. Eight sites are on the tour, and home base will be the Clement Railroad Museum in downtown Dickson, about 40 miles west of Nashville. For more information on the tour, call the museum at 446-0500.

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