Learn more about Fall Market and Craft Fair at The Gathering at Milton.
The grand opening of The Gathering at Milton, a historic event venue, will be celebrated with a Fall Market and Craft Fair 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1312026 Milton St. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 years and younger.
The nearly 120-year-old building formerly was Manuel’s Cajun Country Store where catfish and music were served and earlier Cherry’s Market, which reportedly had one of the community’s first televisions. The vision of new owners Alanna and Phillip Vaught to bring back a place for people to gather, comes alive for a great autumn day of making memories in Milton.
Located 15 miles northeast of Murfreesboro, the venue will buzz with food trucks including Good ‘Ol Sloppy Top, selected food and more than 50 vendors including Brown’s Mill Bakery, Milton Metal Works, local artists LaDonna Bell and Donald Ray Alexander and wood-working artisan Kenneth Gunnell, The Painted Farmhouse, and The Olive Branch and its hand-crafted macaroons.
Booths will be set up inside and outside on the adjacent lawn with mouth-watering baked goods, high-quality goods and crafts, original artwork, clothing, vintage items, antiques and more. The first 100 people arriving will receive a fresh and hot, sugar-cinnamon mini-doughnut from The Dapper Doughnut.
Children can enjoy a petting zoo provided by Mill Creek Farms, a John Deere tractor-themed bounce house and slide, and face painting by Oakland High School FFA.
Shirley McKee and Teresa Davenport will gather the many memories and stories people have about Milton as Davenport is writing a book about the community to celebrate its upcoming bicentennial.
Charming details such as an overhead twine dispenser that provided string to wrap purchases, an alcove where a sturdy desk-style phone probably once sat, the original exterior lap siding, the large and cheery storefront windows and beadboard ceiling and a welcoming front porch are some of the treasures that have been preserved and awaiting guests at The Gathering at Milton.
The venue can hold 99 individuals, perfect for an intimate wedding, birthday and anniversary celebrations, reunions and parties. It can expand for larger groups, utilizing the outdoor space. Additionally, there is a serving kitchen for caterers.
12026 Milton Street
Milton, TN 37118