With historic preservation as a priority, Collierville also has an eye on the future.
At Historic Collierville’s Town Square and Main Street you will find antebellum architecture and quaint, one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty shops such as the Village Toymaker and Dinstuhl’s Fine Candy, antique stores, an old-fashioned gas station and a hardware store.
Collierville’s Civil War history is centered around the Train Depot, where Confederates disrupting Union supply lines attacked what they believed to be a small Federal garrison. The arrival of Gen. William Sherman changed the course of the battle, but not before Confederate soldiers had fired on Sherman’s train and captured his favorite horse, Dolly. The battle helped form Sherman’s strategy for his “March to Sea.”
The Morton Museum, housed in a beautiful former church, is the gateway to the area’s historic district. The Biblical Resource Center Museum features biblical artifacts and replicas. Head to the Train Museum and Tennessee Restaurant for dinner in a beautifully restored train car. Nearby, find the Avenue at Carriage Crossing, an amazing 810,000-square-foot lifestyle center whose design is inspired by Collierville’s Main Street vibe.
Only 30 minutes from Memphis, this post-card perfect and history-rich refuge is well worth the trek.