Not enough snow! That seems to be the typical lament of Tennessee kids who long for the “good ole days” pre-global warming, when sleds and snowmen were rumored to be far more commonplace than they are today.
But be careful what you wish for. In Middle Tennessee, folks might do well to remember the St. Patrick’s Day snowstorm of 1892, which dumped 17 inches on the city of Nashville in less than 24 hours. It’s a record that stands to this day.
These days, a 1-inch snowfall seems to cripple our Tennessee towns and cities, but according to an account in the Nashville Banner newspaper, folks were a bit hardier back in the 1890s. “Suburban workers had to walk to town. Morning trains were delayed,” the Banner wrote. “Mailmen didn’t leave the post office on their rounds until 10 a.m. Many letters weren’t delivered until late afternoon.”
But, generally, life went on.
Do you have a Tennessee snow story to tell or a photo to share?
We’d like to hear your stories about especially difficult winters in Tennessee – whether experienced by you or by older family members. We figure Nashville’s 17 inches might pale compared to records in more mountainous areas of the state. Write a message in the comments section, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Tennessee Home & Farm on Facebook. We’ve also put together an album of Tennessee snow photos—and we’d love to see yours, so send them our way!