Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Higgenbotham's Cave

Marker ID: THC 2E 59
Location: on Harrison Ferry Road (Tennessee Route 8), McMinnville, TN
County: Warren
Coordinates: N 35° 38.616    W 085° 41.23
  35.6436    -85.68716666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM299R


Located in Cardwell Mountain, two miles north, the cave was discovered in ca. 1810 by Aaron Higgenbotham, early surveyor and turnpike builder. For over a century the cave has been renowned for its vastness and rare formations. Higgenbotham built a road nearby, over which Cherokees descended the mountain while on the Trail of Tears in 1838. During the Civil War saltpeter was mined in the cave for the manufacture of Confederate gunpowder.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.