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Andrew Jackson Tavern – A New Foundation

FINDING THE PERFECT SPOT

The old tavern landed in a perfect spot among a patch of cedar trees. It was set on a temporary foundation of blocks while the team devised a plan for their next steps. The building would need a solid foundation, one like it first had 200 years ago, and one that will keep it firmly planted for the next 200 years.

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RECLAIMED ROCK

A pile of rock lay just beyond the building that will be used as part of the foundation and for a chimney. Local Lynnville resident, Rick Taylor, salvaged the rock from an old home years ago and had been holding onto it until the right purpose came along. Once he realized this old building was the perfect recipient, he hauled the heavy-weighted rock himself up to the farm.

Meanwhile, Colonel noticed one of the support beams underneath didn’t fair well on the trip. It was rotted out and falling apart and needed to be replaced.

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So what were they going to do? Stopping in at the Home Depot for a board was not in the plan. Colonel picked out a cedar tree right on the farm, cut it, then sent it off to the sawmill and brought it back ready to be finished.

WITH THE HELP OF A CEDAR TREE

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Colonel inspects the trees on the farm, and finds “the one” and then he and Payton carefully cut it down.

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After a trip to the lumber yard, the large cedar tree was transformed into a new support beam for the tavern.

PREPARING THE BUILDING 

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A board made from the cedar tree was installed on the side for temporary support while the building was prepared to be set on the permanent pillars. An old railroad jack was used to support and move the building.

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Colonel delivers the new cedar beam as Cory helps place it beside the tavern to get ready to install it.

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Colonel always knows how to find the fun in restoration.

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Colonel demonstrates hand hewing with an axe like they did in the 19th Century. After cutting the tree down, hand hewing with a broad axe or adze was done to shape the log. This time around, we have the convenience of a sawmill to ready the log for use. Though, it was Payton and Cory that cut the square notches into the beam to fit the under the building.

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When determining where the building sits level, an old-fashioned water hose does the trick. Colonel demonstrates how it works by matching the water level on either end.

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How do you know if it’s level or not? “If a guy riding by on a loping mule can’t tell, than it’s ok,” explains Colonel.

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Payton and Cory’s craftsmanship already shows as the beam is strategically placed on the tavern’s permanent rock pillars.

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We’re off to a great beginning as the tavern has been set on its new foundation.

Belfast, Tennessee 200 Years Ago

A Step Back In Time Allow us to take you back in time . . . to put into perspective what it was like 200 years ago when the Andrew Jackson Tavern sat at the heart of the crossroads in Belfast, Tennessee – the original Belfast, Tennessee. The 200-year-old building that Colonel rescued dates back to…

Colonel and the Tavern – A Love Story

Colonel is Featured in County Life Magazine Fern Greenbank, publisher of County Life Marshall Magazine and community storyteller, wrote a wonderful article about the Colonel saving the building that is the last remaining structure of the Adams Inn and Tavern that dates back to the early 1800s in Old Belfast, Tennessee, which is now part of Marshall County. This building, believed to…

The Andrew Jackson Tavern – First Impression

Colonel Littleton is a preservationist at heart with an appetite for restoring old buildings and preserving the history and the stories so deeply woven into the crevices of their walls. It’s disheartening for him to watch these buildings fall to neglect. Because, “Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever,” says Colonel.  But, when does Colonel decide to take on…

Command Car Restoration

Command Car Restoration

THE DISCOVERY Having been a long-time aficionado of anything with wheels, and especially military vehicles, it was no surprise to anyone (especially my wife) that I ended up acquiring a 1941 Army Command Car. As you can see in these pictures, it was in need of more than a tune up. After receiving a lead from a friend, I found myself driving…

Janie Pearl’s Thanksgiving Kitchen

Janie Pearl’s Thanksgiving Kitchen

THE MAGIC IN THE MEAL By 3:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, she had a chicken in every pot, a cast-iron skillet of cornbread in the oven and homemade biscuits ready to bake. These were all key ingredients for her legendary Chicken and Cornbread Dressing with her own special gravy. What she pulled off in her little…

American Buffalo by Colonel Littleton

American Buffalo by Colonel Littleton

Nothing Says “AMERICANA” like American Buffalo. Our history is filled with stories of this majestic animal that thundered across the plains in the early days of America and is forever a symbol of our heritage. Watch the video to learn more about Colonel’s vision for our unique American Buffalo products. Shop American Buffalo Collection HERITAGE…

Rancher’s Brands

Rancher’s Brands

Authentic rancher’s brands create a one-of-a-kind piece. One of our most popular categories in our PRIVATE STOCK COLLECTION features leather products made from hides with RANCHER’S BRANDS. These are authentic rancher’s brands from the hide of a western steer that are handcrafted into the design of each product right here in our Lynnville, TN workshop.…

Italian Bridle Leather

Italian Bridle Leather

Leather is one of the world’s most ancient traditions. In the old area of Santa Croce sull’Arno, Italy, in the province of Florence, street names are still dedicated to the heritage of the leather workers. This is where generation after generation of leather artisans have practiced their craft for centuries producing some of the finest…

American Alligator

American Alligator

Over the years I’ve clocked a lot of hours digging through antique shops and flea markets in search of vintage alligator pieces. American alligator is, to me, one of the most beautiful and luxurious leathers in existence and a vintage find, although rare, is certainly rewarding. The exclusivity and expense of products made of alligator…

Col. Littleton Goes TOPGUN

Patrick Rice received a special gift from his family, a personalized Col. Littleton No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase, to commemorate his achievements. Rice is serving in the TOPGUN squadron as air to air combat specialist for the US Navy. Patrick is standing in the back row, 7th from the left, US Navy and Marine Corps We…

Col. Littleton Employee Ready To Run

Col. Littleton Employee Ready To Run

Naleta Hurt is a hometown girl from nearby Cornersville and our Customer Service / Purchasing Manager at Col. Littleton, and she’s gearing up for a special race. Outside of work, while her most favorite activity is to spend precious time with her granddaughter, Ella Danielle, it is these spring months that have extra special meaning…

How Would You Caption This?

How Would You Caption This?

Here’s a letter from our customer, Mr. Houghton, who joins our special list of regular customers (whom we lovingly call “Colonel Addicts”). Mr. Houghton, please let your wife know it HAS NOT been proven that a Colonel Littleton addiction is bad for your health. We appreciate the business and know you are better off in…

Col. Littletown Takes Americana Downtown to Omni Nashville Hotel

Col. Littletown Takes Americana Downtown to Omni Nashville Hotel

Col. Littleton takes Americana traditions downtown! In November 2013, Col. Littleton gained some premium display space in the newly opened Omni Nashville Hotel’s Retail Shop, the Five and Tenn. It seems to be a natural partnership, and hundreds of visitors have already discovered our products. Located on Fifth Ave downtown, the Omni Nashville Hotel sits…

Our Craftsmanship

Our Craftsmanship

I see a real resurgence in the country today for products made in America.  Our focus is to design and create products that speak to the time-honored traditions that have made this country great such as handmade craftsmanship, authentic rich leathers and quality workmanship. There’s a nostalgic feel about the products we make . .…

Leather Notes

Leather Notes

Notes About Our Leather Col. Littleton leather goods are made from full-grain cowhide, handcrafted in true Americana fashion. Most of the hides (with the exception of Italian Bridle Leather, which we use primarily for belts) are tanned especially for us at a small tannery just down the road. Our Master Leathersmith hand grades and hand…

All In the Family

All In the Family

We love to see how appreciation for our “functional works of art” is rooted in a family. This letter came from our customer Captain Zachary Lanier Nash, United States Air Force (Pictured on the right here). (Pictured: Dr. Christoph Halfmann and Captain Zachary Nash sporting their No. 5 Cinch Belts) Dear Col. Littleton, One hundred…

Dave Ramsey visits Col. Littleton Leather Workshop

Dave Ramsey visits Col. Littleton Leather Workshop

Financial author, fellow Tennessean and all-around good guy, Dave Ramsey stopped by Col. Littleton Friday for the 50 cent tour. (We all hid our credit cards.) Dave and his friend, (and Col. Littleton customer) Barry McCall, visited with Colonel getting a firsthand look at our leather manufacturing workshop.  The tour ended with a visit to our Private Stock and Classic…

Col. Littleton Underwrites Two Nationally Syndicated Programs on PBS

Col. Littleton Underwrites Two Nationally Syndicated Programs on PBS

In the fall of 2013 Col. Littleton joined companies such as Nissan, Griffin Technologies and The Nature Conservancy in underwriting two musical programs – Music City Roots and Bluegrass Underground – for American Public Television.  The shows air in tens of millions of homes in markets that cover about 75% of all US households.  Check your…

Colonel’s New Year’s Resolutions

Colonel’s New Year’s Resolutions

I have always felt that New Year’s resolutions should be  made to improve your life and enhance the lives of others. So with that in mind, my New Year’s resolutions are as follows… 1. Hug more pretty girls… 2. Eat more banana puddin’! 3. Finish the restoration of my 1942 Dodge Command Car. 4. Give more of my money to the government… 5.…

Colonel’s Favorite Christmas Poem

Colonel’s Favorite Christmas Poem

Colonel’s favorite Christmas poem that he loves to read year after year. Jest ‘Fore Christmas  FATHER calls me William, sister calls me Will, MOTHER calls me Willie, but the fellers call me Bill! Mighty glad I ain’t a girl — ruther be a boy, Without them sashes curls an’ things that’s worn by Fauntleroy! LOVE to chawnk green apples an’ go swimmin’ in the lake – HATE to take the castor-ile they give…

War Hero Moves to Lynnville – Part 3

War Hero Moves to Lynnville – Part 3

War Hero Moves to Lynnville Welcome Home Celebration Part III After breaking ground on Veteran’s Day 2011, Staff Sergeant Shaun Meadows along with wife Nicole and son Trevor moved home.  Operation Finally Home, an award winning program that provides custom made mortgage free homes to wounded and disabled veterans, worked with numerous local contractors and…

Preserving History: The One-Room Schoolhouse

Preserving History: The One-Room Schoolhouse

Colonel with Clara Graves (Clara attended school in this one-room schoolhouse from 1934 to 1938)  In addition to being a designer of leather bags, belts, briefcases, tech accessories and various other items, Colonel Littleton is somewhat of a historian and a preservationist.  Rather than locate his company on a concrete slab in some industrial park, he…

Colonel’s Leather Gift List

Colonel’s Leather Gift List

Free Personalization on Colonel’s Gift List (Monday Dec. 2nd 10:00am CST to Tuesday Dec. 3rd 12:00 noon CST). Pros for giving a Colonel Leather Gift: -Made in the USA -Personalized just for the recipient -Guaranteed to last a long, long time -Not subject to “Re-Gifting” Cons for giving a Colonel Leather Gift: -Negative reactions from those who…

War Hero Moves to Lynnville – Part 2

War Hero Moves to Lynnville – Part 2

War Hero Moves to Lynnville Colonel Gives Dedication Prayer Part II Shaun, Nicole and son Trevor, officially breaking ground on their new home site. Tennessee National Honor Guard prepares to open the ceremony. Fastrax Jump Team parachuting into the groundbreaking ceremony. Fastrax jumper presenting the American Flag. Shaun Meadows and Colonel enjoying the day. Colonel…

Recipe Traditions

Recipe Traditions

RECIPE TRADITIONS If you’re a follower of Col. Littleton, you know we’re all about Americana, history and traditions.  When it comes to food, Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions vary from family to family and from north to south and east to west.  These family traditions are deeply imbedded in our psyche and likely go back generations. …

New Products Available From Colonel’s Private Stock

New Products Available From Colonel’s Private Stock

New pieces added to Colonel’s Private Stock precisely at 2:00 p.m. CST on Tuesdays. Remember to post a 2:00 p.m. Tuesday reminder to check our website to see what’s new on the Private Stock Page. This week’s new items include several unique products designed by Colonel.  Two sets of custom, branded leather placemats Rugged Leather Pillows New…

War Hero Moves to Lynnville

War Hero Moves to Lynnville

A War Hero’s Story Staff Sergeant Shaun Meadows was deployed in Afghanistan in 2008. While on a combat patrol, Shaun was riding on the back of a Humvee in the rear gunner spot. The team was bound for a mission that would take several days so they had to load up with a lot of…

WWII Veteran Luther Riddle’s Story

WWII Veteran Luther Riddle’s Story

I was thinking about our veterans when I remembered this story related to me by Luther Riddle, a friend of mine who lives in the Lynnville area.  I think this story is just amazing and wanted to share it with you in remembrance and appreciation of our veterans and members of the armed forces. “We…

New Private Stock Collection

New Private Stock Collection

A peek into one of the archive areas where Colonel stashes his “stuff”    Colonel has been stashing away stuff for years . . . things like one-of-a-kind unique leather hides, wood from the 1800’s, interesting bone pieces and vintage items he has found along the way. He collects strange and unusual mechanical devices used for specific purposes…

Col. Littleton: Fine Leather Goods Proudly Made in Small Town USA

Col. Littleton: Fine Leather Goods Proudly Made in Small Town USA

Article featured in Validity Magazine  Vol. 3 Issue 8 If he asks you, “How’s your conduct?” Tell him, “Stellar.” He stands over six feet tall exuding a frontiersman kind of look.  He speaks with wisdom and pride, loves stories and humor.  And, he’s done well to fortify the American dream and “Made in the USA” traditions that…

The Scouting Way

The Scouting Way

The Scouting Way of Life 2010 marked the 100-year anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, with the centennial celebration spanning a two-year period. We applaud this values-based organization founded on leadership, service and community which has served millions of America’s youth, including the Colonel. The time I spent in the Boy Scouts has had…

Happenings at Col. Littleton – Music City Roots Broadcast

Happenings at Col. Littleton – Music City Roots Broadcast

Music City Roots  We’re back with more Music City Roots photos and footage from this week’s two-hour radio show that broadcasts every Wednesday night from 7pm to 9pm CST, showcasing Nashville’s Americana music scene. As a continuing sponsor, we are amazed at the outstanding variety of Americana music. The evening concluded with our weekly drawing of the…

A Father’s Day Story from Colonel

A Father’s Day Story from Colonel

A Father’s Day Story from Colonel The Colonel shares his thoughts on what Father’s Day means to him.  On behalf of everyone at Col. Littleton, “Happy Father’s Day!” Even though he had his work cut out for him, my Dad never wanted me to be a dawdler.  If you’ve been a dawdler when it comes…

Colonel Sponsors Music Show: Music City Roots

Colonel Sponsors Music Show: Music City Roots

  Col. Littleton Becomes a Proud Sponsor of Music City Roots, A Show of All Americana Music. We are excited to announce that we, Col. Littleton, have joined with Nissan,Griffin Technologies and a number of other companies as sponsors of Music City Roots to support and promote the Americana tradition through this global showcase of Nashville’s authentic music scene.…

Update, Buck’s Eye

Update, Buck’s Eye

Early risers enjoying the pancakes and good company. Update: Buck’s New Glass Eye is a Done Deal. Buck needed $1000 upfront for surgery to implant a new glass eye to replace his right eye lost to cancer. The Pancake Breakfast at the Soda Pop Cafe in Lynnville, along with other donations, raised $4300 for Buck!!…

Buck’s New Glass Eye

Buck’s New Glass Eye

Here in Lynnville when someone falls on a little hard luck, we all pitch in and try to help them get back on their feet. Our friend, Buck, gathers with his friends on the benches outside our shop door every morning to drink coffee, discuss the weather, argue about politics and, in general, to solve…