As Nashville continues to grow at a rapid pace, so do its neighboring cities like Hendersonville and Goodlettsville. But it's Sumner County's county seat, Gallatin, that's currently seeing the biggest boom in development—thanks in part to new industry moving to town and a renewed focus on the historic square.
One of the square's most exciting, recent additions, include Tennessee Honey Boutique which provides your fashion inspiration throughout the seasons with their carefully curated designers.
The newer retail spaces join long-time resident Govan's Salon and Coffee Café, which has held court on the square as both a coffee shop and hair salon for more than 15 years. Pop into Worthington Galleries to browse fine art that touches on most art categories and genres.
(Credit: Swaney Swift's on the Square)
Occupying a former drugstore that was around for more than a century, year-old Swaney Swift's on the Square is the best place in town to grab a handspun shake from the soda fountain paired with a juicy burger and engage in a friendly trivia night.
The square's offerings extend outside the retailers' doors, too: Every Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., there's the Gallatin Farmers' Market with a wide variety of produce available for sale, while the third Thursday of every month features free music and live entertainment from May through October. Thursday nights in summer months welcome Downtown Gallatin's Dinner and a Movie series. A meal at one of four participating restaurants is followed by the screening of a recent blockbuster in the Palace Theatre, an old silent movie theater built in 1913 that's been completely renovated and is used for family flicks and special events.
For history buffs, Sumner County has plenty to offer, as well.
(Heritage Days at Historic Rock Castle)
Gallatin's Douglass-Clark House was one of the county's first courthouses back in the 18th century and now serves as a Civil War interpretative center. For more time travel back to the 1700s, pay visits to Bledsoe's Fort Historical Park in Castalian Springs, Mansker's Fort and the Bowen Plantation House in Goodlettsville, and Historic Rock Castle in Hendersonville. Sumner County is also home to additional sites that appear on the Tennessee Civil War Trails.