Nerdy Girl Nerdiness of Nerdy Proportions

If I could have this map in real life, I would wet my pants with glee. I warn you ahead of time, this is not safe for work. Not because there is anything dirty about it, but because you will lose an hour to it just like that.

Anyway, I have taken a look at this map side by side with Google maps to make some guesses about how the roads were.


As you can see, Clarksville Pike, as we know it now, did not exist.  Dry Fork Creek was the main road through my neck of the woods and it looks like about where that little Methodist church is is where all of the action at the bottom of the ridge was.  But look at that hook in little Marrowbone creek right by the Demonbreun house.

Doesn’t that look like that same hook in the creek in the Google map? I’m pretty sure that I could find that place, no problem, even if there’s not still a house there.

Also, just for kicks, you guys might not recognize the name of the town here, but you sure must recognize that hairpin turn if you’ve ever been up White’s Creek Pike to Joelton.  It tickles me so much.


I have to say, I like “Paradise Hill” better than “Joelton,” but that’s just me.

Anyway, this map is about 1870, which is a couple of decades after Elizabeth shrugged off her mortal coil, so it’s hard to know if that Demonbreun house is her house, but at least it shows Demonbreuns clear over almost to me, which lends credence to her having a tavern near me.


7 thoughts on “Nerdy Girl Nerdiness of Nerdy Proportions

  1. AuntB, you know I love maps. If you pull the first one into Adobe Photshop, with a clik of a button you can erase the background color and leave only all the black lines… then take that mostly transparent crap and overlay it on your Google map and viola. You can use a satellite view, too, to see what’s what. I did this with old land patent maps showing my family’s land across the river from Jamestown, VA in the late 1600s.

    Here’s an example:

    Looking at the satellite view is just downright eery.

  2. Yes, but I don’t have photoshop and I have no mad photoshopping skills. I barely even could figure out how to put maps with my ghost stories.

    I may seem all cool and hip, but I am running smack dab into a place where I have no ability, though I would really like it.

  3. Paradise Hill, huh? Is this a likely euphemism for “whorehouse that is worth the walk up the hill” or what?

  4. Ha, I thought maybe they had just anticipated how great it would be when the Dairy Queen opened up there!

    No, if i had to guess, I’d guess it was named after the Paradise brothers, who settled in the area. Paradise Ridge (another hill near there) is where Beaman Park is and is named after the Paradise brothers.

  5. fyi/ When you visit the State Archives, you can order a photographic copy of this map (or any of the others they have) for $25. It’s a great thing to have.
    Good luck on locating the farm/tavern site. I didnt know that area was also called Germantown. It would be interesting to see if your research confirms that.
    Interestingly, Timothy Demonbreun is probably buried in an unmarked grave near the “Germantown” community north of Nashville (see the article by Louise Davis in The Tennessean, January 5, 1986 .)

  6. The Paradise Ridge BBQ joint on Charlotte is named after the aforementioned hinterland.

    Has a better ring to it than “We’re From Joelton Grille”.

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