South Central Tennessee Day Trip Suggestions
Part of the Jack Trail:
Visit George Dickel & Jack Daniel’s learn about their similarities and their differences.
Estimated time 5 hours: begin at 9:30 am and end 2:30 pm
Experience the George Dickel Distillery located at 1950 Cascade Hollow Rd. Normandy, TN 37360 Phone: (931) 857-3124. FREE Tours Tues – Sat. 9 am – 4 pm, except Holidays. In 1870 George Dickel used the pure water from the Cascade Springs to distill his first bottle of Tennessee whisky. Today the distillery still handcrafts the whisky in the same unique way George did over 130 years ago— because George thought whisky made in the winter was smoother, this is the only Tennessee whisky to chill before it goes into the charcoal mellowing vats.
Leave George Dickel and drive to Jack Daniel’s Distillery located at Route 1, Lynchburg, Tennessee 37352. Phone: 931-759-6183 Open Daily from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm except Holidays. Take a Free tour of the Jack Daniel’s Distillery, home to the world famous Jack Daniel’s charcoal mellowed whiskey since 1866, to learn more about the production of this world-famous spirit.
Enjoy Lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s located off the Lynchburg Square * Call first for reservations 931-759-7394 —now in its 100th year of operations, this former boarding house serves up southern style meals that you can’t resist, including country ham, fried okra, blackberry cobbler, chicken with pastry and more!
If Miss Mary Bobo’s is not available there are many great places to eat and shop on the square in Lynchburg.
Part of the Civil War Trail:
Estimated time 6 hours: begin at 10 am - 4:00 pm
(Lairdland Farm House is a Private home call for appointment at 931-363-2205)
Make yourself at home at the historic Lairdland Farm House & Civil War Musuem located at 3238 Blackburn Hollow Road, Cornersville, TN in Giles County. In addition to being on the National Register of Historic Places, Lairdland offers visitors a look back in time at true southern hospitality. Built in 1831, the Farm House has two Traveler’s rooms—one houses the property’s Civil War Museum featuring weaponry and memorabilia and both rooms have unique wooden ceilings displaying actual draw knife ridges. Throughout the house’s nine rooms visitors will find antique furniture, fine china and memorabilia belonging to the owner’s family.
Head over to Elm Springs located at 740 Mooresville Pike, Columbia TN Open Tues – Fri 9 am – 5 pm. Admission is charged. Call 931-380-1844. Elm Springs is the name of one of the lovely antebellum houses in Maury County. It is located on Mooresville Pike about two hundred yards of where this road intersects with Highway 50. Located on a hill, it is plainly visible to all who pass by this way. The house was built about 1837 by Mr. James Dick, a wealthy New Orleans merchant, for his sister, Sarah Todd, wife of Christopher Todd. The Todd family here until the couple passed away and then the property was inherited by a daughter, Susan, who was the wife of Abram M. Looney, a prominent attorney in Maury County.
During the Civil War, Looney served the Confederacy as a Captain, later promoted to Colonel, in Company H, 1st Tennessee Infantry. He was an outspoken Southerner and this almost resulted in the loss of Elm Springs. In November, 1864, the Federal Army, which had occupied Maury County for several months, was preparing defensive positions ahead of the oncoming Confederate troops under Gen. John B. Hood. Their line of defense extended from the Mooresville Pike to the Mt. Pleasant Pike. One of the defensive tactics used was the destruction of important buildings along the line. Elm Springs anchored the eastern flank of their line. Many houses were burned during those days and Elm Springs was slated to be destroyed too. Fires were started that might have burned the house except for the opportune arrival of Confederate troops who extinguished the flames. The Akin family acquired the property about 1910 and in 1985 the Gillham family purchased it and restored it to near- original state. In 1992 it was acquired by the Sons of the Confederacy for its national headquarters.
Head to the square in Columbia and eat at Square Market & Café – Old world taste with hometown charm. Located at 36 Public Square, Columbia 931-840-3636.
After lunch head to tour at Rippavilla Plantation located at 5700 Main Street, Spring Hill, TN 931-486-9037 Open Mon-Sat 9 am – 5 pm and Sun 1 -5 pm. Admission is charged. Constructed from 1851-1855 this mansion was built by Nathaniel Frances Cheairs IV, a colonel in the Confederate Army. Here General John Bell Hood lashed out at his officers for letting the Union forces sneak out of Spring Hill. That same afternoon, in desperation, Hood ordered the assault on the federal fortification in Franklin, TN—resulting in the bloody Battle in Franklin and the beginning of the end for the Army of Tennessee. Today the home has been restored to its 1860’s appearance with many original period family antique pieces and genuine Civil War artifacts on display. Discover The Battle of Thompson’s Station. After the Battle of Stones River, Union soldiers ventured out to collect food and hay. However, on March 5, 1863 General Nathan Bedford Forest and his cavalry were awaiting them and attacked the Union Soldiers. General Forest’s cavalry ended up capturing Union Colonel John Coburn and there were a total of 1,800 casualties. See the Battle of Franklin through Genera Hood’s eyes at Winstead Hill. This was the Confederate Army’s staging area during the Battle of Franklin. It was here where Hood watched his men march north to meet the Union Forces in Franklin and he witnessed the disastrous Battle of Franklin unfold.
Natchez Trace Trail:
Estimated time 6-8 hours
Get on the Natchez Trace and enjoy the beauty, resting spots, hiking trails, picnic areas along the trace.
On the Trace go W on TN-7 to TN-100 turn left and go about 15 miles to Centerville Square. This is the heart of the community, with its historic courthouse, restaurants, antique shops and small town, down-home charm. From town you can head S on Linden Rd turn right onto Jim McCord Hwy/TN-50 turn right at Whitson Bend Road take 1st left onto TN-50W loop to Grinders Switch Winery 2119 Hwy 50 W Loop, Centerville 931-729-3690.
To get back to Trace – go back to square, go E on TN-50 to 15 miles till you see signs for the Trace.
Continue down the Trace then exit 391 to US-412 follow signs to Hohenwald. This great town has Lewis County Museum & Discovery Center 108 E. Main St. Hohenwald, 931-796-1550,next door The Strand Theatre & Art Gallery 931-295-3076 where local artisans offer their goods for sale. There are several great places to dine while you are in Hohenwald, including the Junkyard Dog for fine steaks.
You could go back and get on the Natchez Trace or you could continue down Hwy 412 about 15 miles to Historic Linden which sits above the Buffalo River making it a destination for outdoor and water activities. Walk thru the Art District and courthouse – a classic example of the 20th century public architecture. Lodging and dining and live music available plus Mousetail Landing State Park.
From here turn back around about 30 miles back thru Hohenwald to the Natchez Trace.
Continue down the Natchez Trace and stop at milepost 386 to TN -20E. Travel Summertown Hwy and you’ll pass Yoder’s Homestead Market – This shop has homemade Amish and Mennonite baked goods for sale. Continue down Summertown and turn left on Drakes Lane. Go about 2 miles turn right on Walker Rd where Drakes takes a sharp left 0.4 miles later you’ll see a brown automatic gate and brick Welcome Center – this is called The Farm located at 100 Farm Rd., Summertown. Don’t miss your chance to visit this former “hippi commune” People still live here, but it’s now a collection of eco-minded and sustainability-focused non profits and small businesses. Drive in to the Welcome Center and pick up a map. Several facilities, including the Farm Store, are open to the public.
If you did not want to travel to The Farm – from Summertown Hwy/TN-20E, turn right onto Andrew Jackson Hwy /Us-43S. Follow till you will see on your right Shaffer Farms Custom Meats (Have Texas BBQ for lunch or buy Fresh steaks, hamburger, etc at great prices). Continue down hwy and you will see Amish Country Mall & Welcome center on your right. Shop around, eat, book a horse and buggy ride thru the Amish farms and learn their history. Great fun for the whole family.
Continue down 43S and you may see several Amish families on the roads so please be careful, Once in Lawrenceburg visit James D Vaughan Museum, Father of Southern Gospel Music, Cherokee Museum, Square Forty Restaurant, and more.
Secrets, Storytelling, Sights and Sounds Linden & Hohenwald, TN
Arrive at the Commodore Hotel for Tour, Storytelling and lunch:
Located at 114 E Main St, Linden, TN Call in advance to make reservations for tour and lunch 931-589-3224.
Tour & Storytelling about the Commodore Hotel by Kathy Dumont, owner of the Commodore Hotel. Kathy will tell us about some stories that have occurred within the hotel. She also has a documented film about the hotel which will tell stories about what lies within! Creepy Huh!
Walking tour of the renovated town & art district, plus learn about the history of Perry County.
Depart for Hohenwald, TN, Lewis County Museum of Natural History Self-Guided Tour - Allow 1 hr – restroom facilities - 4 or 5/both 108 E. Main St., Hohenwald, T - New Education Gallery and Welcome Center for the Elephant Sanctuary – 1 block away 5 minutes– Downtown in Hohenwald. Everyone may browse through the city, visit the antique store, theater, and plan to come back for dinner and eat at the locals favorite Junk Yard Dog.
Depart and head to Summertown, TN to visit Yoder’s market, an all natural store run by the Amish in the community. While in Summertown visit the famous Shaffer's Meats - this unique store does local processing for our hunters, has a fantastic meat market plus other food items. And don't forget to take home some famous Texas BBQ.
Tour Lynnville, Lairdland Farm House and Milky Way Farms
(call both House & Farm first for appointments before going)
Arrive in Lynnville, TN for Tour of the Railroad Museum located at 162 Mill St. Depot replica, memorabillia, scale model trains, trackside "Static" display of 1927 Baldwin steam locomotive, Pullman passenger coach, flatcar and caboose. 931-527-3158 or www.lynnvillerailroadmuseum.com.
Shop at Littleton Colonel LTD - located at 755 Abernathy Rd, Beautiful leather goods & jewelry locally handcrafted from the finest leather. Amazing quality and different tahn most luxury products. Visitors from around the world come to shop at Littleton in Lynnville. 931-527-3805. Then after walking around the small quaint town enjoy lunch at Soda Pop Junction - They have steaks, sandwiches, hamburgers, old fashioned ice cream & other treats.
When you leave Lynnville you can head into Pulaski and visit the beautiful courthouse, walk around the square and shop or visit some of the historic homes and monuments. Then if you made your reservation head over to Lairdland Farm House 931-363-2205. Historic home tours and Civil War Museum. Great for luncheons, teas, weddings and receptions. Visit www.lairdlandfarmhouse.com.
To top off this fantastic day when you call Lairdland Farm House for reservations also call Milky Way Farms at 615-974-5084 to schedule a visit. Visit www.milkywayfarm.orgorg to see beautiful photos of this historical place. Milky Way Farm found its beginning in a nickel candy bar, and we imagine that you've had one. It was Frank Mars, the founder of Mars Candy, that built this beautiful farm. With one thousand acres of fertile ground. Herds of deer, massive barns, trails, breathtaking vistas, and an elegant twenty-five thousand square foot manor house with twenty bedrooms and fourteen baths. Call and make your plans to visit today.