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Rome Ferry



Photo taken by Brian Stansberry

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Street View 


This historic ferry crossing, established in 1830 provides one of the best views of the Cumberland River. John Hunt Morganā's cavalry used it to escape federal soldiers during a May 1862 raid, but in their haste they abandoned their mounts.

Nearby are the graves of John Grissim, Thomas A. Grissim, and Wilson Hankins, who were killed by federal soldiers in September 1864


Abandoned ferry across Cumberland River on Rome Road
Smith County, Tennessee
Established 1830
Ferry crossing
Total length: 802.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 24, 1986
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.26305, -86.07000   (decimal degrees)
36°15'47" N, 86°04'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/583540/4013526 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Dixon Springs
Inventory numbers
NRHP 86003477 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 59524 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 1, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added NRHP info and imported photos
  • February 3, 2014: New Street View added by Dave King
  • February 3, 2014: Updated by J.P.: Added categories "Cumberland River", "One-lane traffic"


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com


Rome Ferry
Posted July 18, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Does anybody have any information on what might be done with the ferry?

Rome Ferry
Posted July 17, 2016, by Lewis Napier (damsurdid [at] aol [dot] com)

This is aa disgrace for the old Ferry. Mitchell Family had Ferry built in honor of their son that got killed in the service. At the time the ferry was donated to Smith County Tennessee there was an agreement in writing Between Mitchell Family and Smith County if Ferry was ever closed there would be a bridge built across Cumberland River. Wonder what happen

Rome Ferry
Posted February 3, 2014, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Ferry Boat is still abandoned on the shore on the rome side.