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Nathan Coker established a hospitality house in Burnt Corn on the old Federal Road in the early The 1800s. The federal government granted land to Coker to open a place as a stopping point for traveling settlers. Hospitality establishments were built every 18 miles, which was considered a day's travel by horse. These estabishments were the fore runners of today's rest stops.

Coker's Tavern, owned and operated by Nathan Coker shows up on early Alabama maps of the vicinity of Burnt Corn. Also, Garrett Longmire shows up as well as having a tavern in north Burnt Corn. The Creek Nation and the U.S. Government agreement of 1805 to establish a "horse path" also give the U. S. Government the right to establish "...houses of entertainment at suitable places for the accommodation of travelers..." These tavern owners acquired patents from the government to lands along the Federal Roads in 1819 for such purposes.