On that path, it is advised not to walk close to the Duck River's edge, as the possibility of slipping and falling is real when the path is wet and one could wind up in the river. One can return to the Gordon House the same way they came to the Ferry.
The Gordon Ferry is part of the enterprise John Gordon and Chickasaw Indian chief George Colbert. It also included the general store and the Gordon House was also located there. It crossed the Natchez Trace, which runs between Natchez, Mississippi and Nashville, Tennessee, fifty miles away south of Nashville. The general store had a boy working there named Thomas Hart Benton, who would wind up becoming a United States Senator from Tennessee.
Gordon started in Nashville and had several business holdings, including a 505-acre farm just southwest of a growing community. Gordon started showing some interest in the area around Duck River in Tennessee. Gordon is said to have been living in the Duck River area, ultimately called Gordon's Ferry, in 1802. The State of Tennessee granted him 640 acres at the site, and he wound up with a total of 1,514 acres in the area. The ferry would outlast the Natchez Trace, which finally ceased operations in 1896 when a bridge was built across the Duck River.