Old Tennessee Settlers to Soldiers

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The Old Tennessee Trail is waiting for you: a scenic drive as rich in history as it is in fresh air, gently rolling hills, and down-home charm. This trail begins just outside of Nashville in historic Franklin, where you’ll set off through our gorgeous countryside and explore some of our favorite small towns, built from early settlers’ homesteads and farmlands. Stop in the historic markets that help anchor our communities, and feel right at home at some of our best-kept secret dining spots, even if you’ve never read the words “frog legs” on a menu in your life. Stand where Confederate General John Bell Hood watched his troops march to the dramatic Battle of Franklin; run your hand over Civil War bullet holes that still mark the trail’s many Antebellum homes. This is the story of Middle Tennessee, from Native Americans to west-bound settlers, Civil War soldiers and beyond.

The Old Tennessee Trail takes some time to explore, and it’s up to you to decide how you want to experience it — from a six-hour scenic drive to a two-day history excursion. Any way you go, you’ll discover life and adventure outside of the attractions that make us famous.