History of the city of Santa Fe, Tennessee

Santa Fe is an unincorporated community in Maury County, Tennessee, United States. ZIP code Santa Fe, Tennessee is 38482. Population in July 2007 – 3,577. Elevation: 690 feet Land area: 98.7 square miles.

Santa Fe, previously known as Pinhook and later Benton, had five steam sawmills, two saloons, three grocery stores, one tannery, one blacksmith, and one bank. Benton was named after the U.S. Senator, Thomas Hart Benton.

On November 5, 1849, Benton changed its name to Santa Fe. The name “Santa Fe” was adopted when the post office opened.A post office called Santa Fe was established in 1849. 

The Benton Masonic Lodge is one of the only buildings that has been continually operational for over 168 years. Nicknamed the “Moon Lodge” from 1835 until the 1950’s due to the full moon gatherings for everyone walking, riding by horseback, and buggy drivers being able to see on their travels by the light of the moon.

In 1880, a two-story wing was added to the Benton Lodge for a public school, followed by a private school then later it was used as for the Santa Fe College for women.

Santa Fe College,a private college chartered in the 1880’s, offered Bachelors degrees for both men and women. In 1922, the college caught fire and was rebuilt that following year.

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