Town of Saltillo

Main Street • Saltillo, TN • (800) 552-3866

Visit Saltillo, an early river town with homes dating from the 1840s. Styles of architecture range from Greek Revival and Italianate influences to country farmhouses. Two cemeteries and a church pre-date the Civil War.

Saltillo Points of Interest

Saltillo Marina - Marina store, camping sites, boat slips to 50’. (731) 687-7353

Wylie Davis House - Riverview Circle. Mr. Davis purchased this property in 1919. Davis family still in residence, large magnolia tree in front yard planted during Civil War, original house pre-dates this era.

Masonic Lodge - West corner of Riverview Circle and Main Street. Old Presbyterian Church, over 100 years old.

Kent-Ivey Home - North side of Main Street between Riverview Circle Decatur Road.  Greek Revival detailing, traditionally Meady White built this home prior to his 1847 residence.

Main Street Store Buildings - North side of Main Street, built in 1919.

Saltillo City Hall - Main Street, (731) 687-3292.

Meady White House - Circa 1847. House with Greek Revival and Italianate influences, features two story portico with four square columns, inner porch on upper level, pilasters, corner and paired brackets, external brick chimneys, sidelights and transoms; interior features include painted wood graining on doors, door and window facings, mantels, 1847 wallpaper imported from Italy, mantels with simple shelves and pilasters; very fine decorative paintings on ceilings of two rooms and stairs by Irish artist John Joseph Christie.  House built by Meady White (1819-1889) by slave labor; White was a wealthy man with extensive landholdings, instrumental in the settlement of Saltillo his many enterprises included farming, a stave business, hardware store and a horseracing track in nearby Decatur County.  He was elected constable of Saltillo in 1852, resigned his position in 1857 to accept the position of Justice of the Peace and he raised racehorses.  The Meady White House was considered as a filming location for the post-Civil War Warner Brothers movie “Sommersby” which opened in theaters February 1993 starring Richard Gere and Jodie Foster.  The Meady White House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Parker House - Circa 1906; Built by Dr. Luther Parker, (1876-1936), a Saltillo country physician, the house remains in the Parker family.

T.J. White Home - Circa 1921; across from the Parker House.  T.J. White raised World Champion Tennessee Walking Horses and served in the State Legislature, the southern hospitality of Saltillo was extended to Governor Henry Horton of Tennessee and his wife when they spent the night in the White home in the 1930’s.  The home remains in the White family today.

Saltillo Academy Site - Academy established in the 1870s, present location of Hardin County Bank.

Pitts House - Southside of Main Street, 3rd house from the river. Two original front rooms were built in the mid 1800s remodeled in 1919, basic architectural style changed.

White Lawn Cemetery - West of town, turn north off Highway 69.  Established by Meady White after death of his first wife in 1846, White had three wives and thirteen children, second wife and five children who died at an early age are buried with Meady White at the back of the cemetery, remaining children and spouses are also buried there.

Shady Grove Church and Cemetery - Church is featured in Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander’s book The Tennesseans, along with the Saltillo Ferry (closed in 2003).  The church is over 100years old and many early settlers of Saltillo are buried in the cemetery.

Sulphur Well - Junction of Highway 104 and Sulphur Well road, turn west for approximately 2 miles, turn left on first gravel road. The well is one-fourth mile down a gravel road.  This sulphur will was unearthed by men digging for salt in 1819 and was the scene of many family gatherings, picnics and dances years ago.