Andrew Jackson, seventh U.S. President and hero of the War of 1812, is said to have carved "this is War Trail Creek" onto a beech tree near present day Wartrace. The name Wartrace evolved from the Native Americans' various words for warpath. When Tennessee's first railroad was built through Bedford County in 1852 the settlement became known as Wartrace Depot.
Internationally regarded by equine enthusiasts as the cradle of the Tennessee Walking Horse and home of the first National Grand Champion Strolling Jim (1939), Wartrace is known for its Civil War history, world famous hand-crafted guitars, and its preserved historic architecture.
The downtown commercial district and a majority of its residences are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Photo above taken by Pamela Page in December 2017.
Photo to right shows old Wartrace fountain. Following decades of repairs, it could no longer function so was replaced by the fountain above. The old fountain is available for a local artist to transform into an art sculpture for the town.