WHAT WE SAW: The Colonel FIELDING HURST HOME is a antebellum home of a staunch unionist who led Union guerillas who called themselves the 6th Tennessee Calvary. Some of his relatives were killed when the Confederates occupied his home. The Colonel attacked the town of Purdy and burned the courthouse, the church and several homes of Confederates. After the war the Colonel was not welcomed back. The Colonel and his wife are buried in the Mt. Gilead Cemetery west of Selmer. Their home needs some work.
HOW TO GET THERE: (35.232756, -88.531780)
From I-40 take Exit 80 (BYP US-45S) toward Jackson. Go 4 1/2 miles. Keep right where road forks, keep in right 2 lanes, and turn right onto US-45 (Highland Ave). Go 30 miles toward Selmer, but turn left onto Main St of Bethel Springs, go 1 mile. Turn left onto Bethel-Purdy Rd., go 4 1/2 miles, turn left to stay on Bethel-Purdy Rd., go 3/4 miles. Turn left onto Gann Rd., go 1/4 mile. Turn left onto Purdy-Beauty Hill Rd., go 1/2 mile to house and historic marker.
From US-64 in Adamsville, go 7 miles from the signal at TN-22. Turn right onto Airport Rd., Go 3 miles. Turn right onto Gann Rd., go 1/4 mile. Turn left onto Purdy-Beauty Hill Rd., go 1/2 mile to house and historic marker.
WHERE WE STAYED: At my cousin’s.