At the entrance to his property stands an 1830s cabin originally from Somerville near Decatur. Wise numbered each board and reconstructed the homestead cabin and has plans to turn it into a Bed & Breakfast. He said, “I even rented it out at one point, but decided it'd make a great Bed & Breakfast, since visitors from other states or even overseas could stay here instead of nearby motels.”
“The history of this place, you can't put a price on it. I even discovered that Davy Crockett and the Tennessee Volunteers passed through here on their way to join Andrew Jackson in the fight against Creek Indians,” said Wise.
Even though funding is still a struggle for Wise, he continues to inspire others to learn and respect history. “It's important to know about the past, to honor those who passed this way before. That's how I feel,” Wise said.
Wise is divorced, and has two sons, a step-daughter and three grandsons he enjoys spending time with.
The Crooked Creek Civil War Museum is located at 516 County Road 1127, near West Point. Admission is $5 and includes a complete tour of the grounds and museum. For more information call 739-2741.