NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Once a place of refuge for a fur-trader who became known as Nashville’s first citizen, then a hot spot for tourists hoping to get a glimpse of Tennessee history, and now the Demonbreun Cave sits empty and hidden along the Cumberland River.

From a distance, the entrance looks like a crack among the rock shelf. Access to the national historic landmark has become difficult.

The Demonbreun Cave was home to, Jacques-Timothe De Montrbun, also known as Timothy Demonbreun. A familiar name for anyone familiar with a busy Nashville road called Demonbreun Street.

Demonbreun was a French-Canadian fur trader who took refuge in the cave during his travels as early as 1769.

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There were about three rooms in the cave, which is roughly 150ft. in length, according to Gordon Belt with the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

There’s a historical marker near the Pedestrian Bridge in Nashville for Demonbruen Cave.