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Center Hill Lake, Tennessee, Sligo History

Center Hill Lake, Tennessee, Sligo History

Sligo is a place name on the Caney Fork River, now covered by Center Hill Lake.
Sligo is the area around the Hwy 70 bridge that passes over The Caney Fork River.
Sligo Marina is located just down river near the bridge.

Excerpt from “History of Dekalb County, Tennessee”

No doubt there was a tavern at Sligo Ferry, on the
eastern side of Caney Fork River and on the stage
road. It was a very important point at one time.
Bird S. Rhea and A. L. Davis, who owned a large
store and warehouse, operated the ferry and that end
of the stage road. Sligo was the head of navigation,
and the firm was able to do a very heavy business by
loading boats at Nashville and transporting merchan-
dise and other freight to Sligo. Price’s stagecoaches
traveled that way. The travel by stage, carriages, and
freight wagons was tremendous. But when the Nash-
ville and Chattanooga Railroad was constructed to
McMinnville Mr. Rhea saw that it would injure
White and DeKalb Counties and left the place for
Nashville, where he became a factor in business circles,
as is his son now, Isaac T. Rhea, President of the St,
Louis and Tennessee River Packet Company.

Excerpt from “History of Dekalb County, Tennessee”







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