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 The area what is now called Monterey, TN was called Standing Stone because of the
huge stone monolith that originally set on the western end of what is now Monterey,
said by early white pioneer settlers to resemble a large grey dog in a sitting position,
looking west with its head hand ear up, originally standing about 10 ft. high.
No one knows what the Standing Stone was erected for by the Indians of long ago.
Some guess it was a marker set to mark hunting grounds between the tribes, others
say it could have been used is tribal ceremonial worship.
 By the time the railroad came through in 1893 and blasted it into bits and pieces, the
Stone had been whittled by weather and souvenir seekers down to about three feet, six
inches above the ground. With its height of just over three feet, settlers in the late
1800s used the stone as a hitching post just in front of the J.J. Whittaker home.
Whittaker was the earliest postmaster at “Standing Stone.”
  Two of the larger pieces of the stone were pushed over to one side after the railroad
blasted it from their path in Aug., 1893. The Narragansett Tribe No. 25 of the
Improved Order of the Redmen loaded the smaller of the two large pieces on a railroad
flat car and took it to Cookeville.
  “Nee Yah Kah Tah Kee,” meaning “Standing Stone” and a tomahawk were inscribed
on the stone.
A   dedication of the Standing Stone monument was held on Oct. 17, 1895. The crowd
was said to be around 3,000. The stone had been brought back and placed on a
pedestal for all to see on land donated by the Cumberland Coal Company. The
monument still stands today in downtown Monterey, next to the Monterey Branch
  The town began celebrating Standing Stone Day in 1979, mainly through the efforts of Dr. Opless Walker, who had studied the stone from his youth.

 While it dwindled in the last few years, Oct., 2008 and Oct., 2009  were ones to be remembered, with an excursion train
filled with 500+ passengers, a huge car show, and the idea of bringing the celebration moslty back to the downtown area. The revitalized Standing Stone Historical Association over the last three years have always been looking for new things to add to the day. Don't miss the second Saturday in October, 2010. Keep watching here and also at
http://www.hilltopexpress.net  and http://www.montereytn.com


Standing Stone Day  for 2014 Season 

Standing Stone Day in Monterey. Parade,  Ceremony at the Stone, food, arts and crafts, music, Native American and Civil War cultural/heritage events from Downtown to Whittaker Park.

  Parade starts at 9 a.m. form the I-40 300 Exit on S. Holly St. Parade precedes North and turns East onto Commercial Ave. Finally ending at the Standing Stone, next to the Monterey Branch Library. Prizes will be given for floats.

  Ceremony at the Stone starts at 10 a.m. with the laying of the wreath and tomahawk and music. A Civil War encampment will be at the Standing Stone grounds nest to the Monterey Branch Library. Our spies have told us to expect a surprise  Federal invasion from the East. Not to worry! Our boys in Gray are well prepared.

  At the Monterey Depot Museum, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will have their 65th Anniversary trailer on display. Visitors are welcome to tour the exhibits for free.

  Train excursion tickets are on sale at the Monterey Depot Museum. Once rhea Tennessee Central Railway Museum excursion train arrives from Nashville, rhea 500 or so passengers will deboard. Those wishing to ride a six-mile round trip from the Monterey Depot Museum out to the sand plant and back can purchase tickets at the museum for only $10.

  In Downtown Monterey, several food and craft vendors will be set up. Don’t forget the value you can get at the local stores and restaurants like the Cup & Saucer.

  At Whittaker Park, the Monterey Civitan will be I full swing with food, music and more.

  Come spend the day. More info. as it becomes available at www.MontereyTN.com