Historic Bolivar rests along the banks of the scenic Hatchie River, an environment indicative of West Tennessee’s geography prior to the area’s settlement in the early 19th century.
Carefully preserved historic districts feature antebellum homes and structures that reflect Bolivar’s pre-Civil War prosperity. More than 100 buildings in Bolivar are on the National Register of Historic Places, running the gamut of architectural styles from Greek Revival to Italianate. On the Bolivar Historic District Walking Tour, you’ll see three separate, distinct districts: Bills-McNeal, Court Square and North Main Street. The attention to detail can be seen in the decorative carvings throughout the buildings.
Be sure to visit the Little Courthouse, built in 1824 as the first log courthouse for Hardeman County and now the county museum. In the spring, the famed Bolivar Historic Home Tour is hosted by the Association for Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities usually featuring homes and churches. While you’re in Bolivar, stay in a classic Georgian Colonial home, the Magnolia Manor Bed & Breakfast. Stop by the monument to fallen Civil War soldiers of Hardeman County believed to be the first monument of its type in West Tennessee. The town was Union-occupied throughout much of the Civil War.
The Hatchie offers outstanding float trips and catfish catching, and deer are everywhere during hunting season. You might enjoy a gentle trail ride on a Tennessee Walking Horse.
Bolivar’s festivals and community events such as the Farmers Market, lend a special flavor to this rural gem. Music on the Square is held on Friday nights from April through October behind the gorgeous old courthouse.
Bolivar has more historic districts than any West Tennessee town except Memphis. Paddle or float down the wandering Hatchie for fantastic fishing and wildlife viewing.