b 1800     d 1893

A.R. Wynne was born in Sumner County, TN, in Dec 1800, son of Robert K. Wynne and Cynthia Harrison Wynne.

  • Age 2 – A. R.’s father died and he went to live with his grandfather in Wilson County. His mother remarried.

  • Age 16 - he became a clerk in Winchester & Cage General Store in Cairo, Sumner County.

  • Age 22 – opened his own general store in Cairo.

  • Age 25 – married Almira, daughter of his first employer, Gen. James Winchester; their first child was born.

  • Age 29 – began domestic slave trading, which continued to be his primary source of income until the Emancipation Proclamation.

  • Age 29 – began construction of Castalian Springs inn (later named Wynnewood) with partners S. R. Roberts & H. Bate.

  • Age 30 – with construction complete, the inn opened to travelers & mineral springs resort guests.
  • Age 34 – bought out partners & moved his family into the inn. A. R.’s other business ventures were milling, land speculation, river transport, breeding race horses, & farming.

  • Age 35 – was commissioned Col. Commandant 15th Regiment Sumner Co. Militia (1835).  Was referred to as Col. Wynne the rest of his life.

  • Age 40 – appointed Post Master of Castalian Springs.

  • Age 62-65 – his farm occupied by Union troops during Civil War. He was arrested, questioned, & released by both Confederate & Union officials.

  • Age 66 – elected to represent Sumner Co. in the Tennessee State Senate; he resigned over a protest. Continued to farm at Wynnewood; remained active in politics.

  • Age 93 (1893) – died; was buried beside his wife Almira in the Winchester family cemetery at Cragfont.

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Wynnewood State Historic Site
210 Old Hwy 25
Castalian Springs, TN 37031

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