Myths & Mysteries
1. Carved Markings, Upstairs Fireplace Keystone
The surviving east fireplace on the second floor of the Buchanan House has inscribed geometric markings on the face of the dressed keystone centered in the arched lintel above the opening. The etching is possibly related to Masonic symbolism. At this time, neither the meaning nor the purpose of these markings is known, although they appear to represent the phases of the moon. (1)
2. Buchanan Log House vs Buchanan Cemetery
Both of these properties have a shared history and enjoy a cooperative relationship but are managed by separate and distinct groups.
3. Buchanan Log House vs Buchanan Station
Buchanan Log House is the James Buchanan family, son of Archibald and Agnes Buchanan of Clover Bottom (not the Maj. John Buchanan of Buchanan Station).
4. James Buchanan (Us) vs James Buchanan (President)
The James Buchanan (b. 1763) of this log house is not related to Tennessee's presidential James Buchanan (b. 1791).
5. Only The Logs Know
Step up to this backdoor and look up a couple rows of logs to the right and you'll see it -- a log with a whole row of old nails it in. Best guesses are that this home once had a lean-to attached to it; maybe to shelter a wood pile. This is the only place we see this intense nail pattern, and only the logs know the true purpose.
6. Mud Tavern Legacy
Like all early Donelson settlers, Buchanan Log House holds a fondness for the history of Mud Tavern -- the early settlement name of the Donelson area toward Buchanan Station -- as it is entwined with its history. No records remain about the tavern (pre-1816 and believed near what is today the intersection of the Elm Hill and McGavock Pikes) and no ruins remain of the actual tavern but the community name remained well into the first half of the 20th century (1950s).. Some GPS apps today still note Mud Tavern as a local map waypoint.
Rumors and such
Some say that Addison and his first wife, Sarah (who died in childbirth), both haunt the Addison House.
U.S. Federal Census records Lucinda Buchanan holding (14) slaves help farm the acreage and run the home.
Some say the family matriarch, Lucinda Buchanan (left), haunts her old bedroom. Inconclusive, investigations remain open.
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(1)MTSU TCWNHA Assessment 2011