Middle TN, Nashville Writer

Dayle Fergusson

Hi! I’m Dayle Fergusson. As a transplanted Aussie living in Middle Tennessee since 1986, I have been a freelance travel writer and editor for most of my career. I’ve traveled the world looking for adventure as a pilot, sailor, professional writer and photographer. I love living in the South, with its rolling green hills and friendly people, and look forward to taking you with me as we explore Middle Tennessee’s music, culture, history, entertainment, dining and the outdoors. Expect unique surprises as we embark on these adventures together. Describe your perfect Tennessee day. Sailing the Wanderin’ Star on an Old Hickory Lake sunset cruise. The slow gurgle of our sleek Catalina 25 sailboat cutting a wake, sails full, a warm summer breeze in your face, sky streaked with color, the sun bleeding golden into the water. A champagne cork popping high above the deck, with a toast to “whatever comes next.” All of it captures our love of life, and doesn’t get any better than this. Where’s the first place you’d take a friend visiting Tennessee? When friends come to visit, a trip east to Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains is always top of the list. As the terrain rises, the blue haze shrouding the forested hills and mountains is alluring. It’s fun to pitch a tent in the forest and share stories around a campfire, or snuggle into a mountain cabin by a sparkling stream. In the evenings, we’ll listen to the haunting calls of hoot owls courting or catch a glimpse of masked raccoons, those brazen bandits on their nighttime raids. Gatlinburg is like a quaint Swiss mountain village, rustic shops filled with local arts and crafts, homemade taffy, unique collectibles and treasures for everyone. If you could meet one historical Tennessean, who would it be and why? (This can be someone still living.) Dolly Parton would be my favorite Tennessean to meet. I first heard her sing at a live concert in Murfreesboro with Kenny Rogers. With natural, irrepressible charm, she completely stole the show and had everyone eating out of her hand. I admire her spunk, her sense of humor, her positive outlook on life, her genuine, transparent honesty. Dolly is a testament to her ability to rise above humble beginnings and succeed, and to never lose sight of the importance of giving back to others.

Stories By Dayle

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Experience Authentic American History at Nashville’s The Hermitage

Ideally located just two miles from the Cumberland and the Stones River in Nashville, The Hermitage is one of America’s most authentically preserved presidential home...Read on


Belle Meade Plantation’s Rich Horse Racing History

Belle Meade Plantation is part of the fabric of Nashville’s early history, once world-renowned as a premier Thoroughbred breeding farm. Next time you hear the...Read on

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Holiday Music Lifts Nashville’s Spirit This Season

With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, it’s time to celebrate one of the most magical times of the year with music that’s uplifting, reflective,...Read on

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Hit the Road on Middle Tennessee’s Jack Trail

Saddle up and hit The Jack Trail for a sampler of Tennessee history, music, distilleries and horse tales. Sippin’ to Saddles is a different kind...Read on

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The Instruments Behind Tennessee Music

How often has music connected with you at a soul level and stirred you deeply? Have you wondered about the hands that crafted these finely...Read on


Skydive Tennessee for the Ultimate in Thrills

Kneeling in the open doorway of the airplane, arms crossed and fingers locked in the straps of my harness, I balance in the slipstream. At...Read on

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The Bell Witch Haunts Tennessee

As a full moon rises over a darkened log cabin shrouded in mystery, tales of the Bell Witch are whispered. Sinister beatings, hideous curses and...Read on