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Explore the historic Town Square in Collierville, TN.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Town of Collierville

Find Southern Small-Town Charm in Collierville

Experience hospitality, a unique historic vibe and a charming, walkable area on the Collierville Town Square, just 30 minutes from Memphis

For delightful small-town charm minutes away from Memphis, head to Collierville. 

Step back in time at the picturesque Collierville Town Square, lined with unique shops, local restaurants, an historic train depot and a charming bandstand gazebo. In fact, the entire downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Collierville Town Square, about 30 minutes from Memphis, has a vibrant, friendly atmosphere and serves as the cultural center of the town with dining, entertainment, arts and community activities. It’s also a popular spot for visitors who want to experience Southern hospitality with a unique historic vibe. 

History Is on View in Collierville

You can step into that history at the Morton Museum of Collierville History, which explores 150 years of the town’s stories, people and important moments. The historic building served as the Collierville Christian Church from 1873 until the 1970s and was designed in the Gothic Revival architectural style popular at the time. Most of the original design elements remain or have been reconstructed, including the tower and beautiful arched stained-glass windows. 

Inside the Morton Museum you’ll find permanent exhibits including objects from the 1800s and information on the two Civil War battles fought in the town in 1863. There are also rotating displays, as well as regular events for residents and visitors. 

If you want to learn more about Collierville, find things to do and local events, or schedule a walking tour of the area, you can pop in to the Depot Visitor Center, a restored 1940s historic train depot that serves as the tourism office’s headquarters with a gift shop.

Families, history buffs, and train aficionados will love the square’s collection of historic trains that you can explore inside and out. This includes the iconic Frisco 1351 steam locomotive, a business train car and a 1940s red caboose. 

Food Finds in Collierville

Whatever your tastes, Collierville Town Square’s many restaurants will keep you well fed. Try traditional Scottish fare at Highlander Restaurant & Pub, Southern-inspired upscale dining at Raven & Lily (a favorite local brunch spot), delicious Italian favorites and specialty pizzas at Cafe Piazza, or go for a Collierville classic meat-and-three cafe at The Silver Caboose Restaurant & Soda Fountain

If you’re looking for famous Mid-South staples, Collierville has locations of Dyer’s Cafe and Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. Dyer’s Café is the home of the best deep-fried burgers this side of the Mississippi, cooked in 100-year-old grease brought east from the original Beale Street location. Gus’s offers up finger-licking fried chicken and Southern sides known around the world. Be sure to try the mac and cheese. 

For your java fix, Square Beans Coffee is a must visit. Collierville’s original indie coffee spot, Square Beans serves espresso, coffee, frappes, tea and smoothies, plus breakfast and baked goods. It also offers free Wi-Fi and indoor and outdoor seating on the square. 

You can’t skip dessert! Since the 1960s, Mensi’s Dairy Bar has provided the Collierville Town Square with the best soft-serve ice cream and milkshakes. The old-school shop is walk-up style, to-go only, so you can pick up a waffle cone or cup of ice cream and stroll around (or find a bench) in Town Square Park. 

Boutiques and Shops in Collierville

For shopping in and near the square, stop by old-fashioned grocery store-turned-florist-and-gift shop, C J Lilly & Company, or get your leather goods and Americana apparel at Hewlett & Dunn Jean & Boot Barn, a longtime local favorite. New in 2021, The Little Shop By The Tower is your home base for locally-made art, gifts, and Memphis-area souvenirs. You can spend an afternoon walking and exploring local shops and businesses on your visit.

Whenever you come to visit, don’t forget to stop for a photo op in front of the Collierville mural! 

Enjoy Seasonal Events in Collierville

Spring to Summer

There’s plenty of seasonal fun to be had in the Collierville Town Square, too. Each spring, the square hosts bluegrass jams on Friday nights at 6:30 p.m. from April through October. Just bring a chair – or your own acoustic instrument – and join in the fun.

The first weekend in May is the annual Collierville Fair on the Square, two days of shopping, good eats and live music. Summer brings the Main Street Summer Concert Series to the square on Thursdays in June and July, and there’s a classic car display on Main Street every Wednesday night. 

Winter Activities

When the weather cools down, visit the square for the annual cornstalk, pumpkin and mums displays in the historic district – it’s the perfect backdrop for your holiday card or an Instagram post. For the holidays, experience Christmas in Collierville with lights, carriage rides around the square, visits with Santa and regular entertainment throughout the season. 

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