Old Tennessee Trail
Take a scenic drive as rich in history as it is in fresh air, gently rolling hills, and down-home charm. Stop to explore small Tennessee towns to uncover the story of Middle Tennessee, from Native Americans to westbound settlers, Civil War soldiers and beyond.
Williamson County Visitor Center
Stop in for maps and info on self-guided walking tours, including the Franklin Tour iPad App and Franklin on Foot guided tours with subjects like history, Civil War and ghost stories. You'll also find Old Tennessee Trail and The Jack Trail self-guided driving tour brochures.
400 Main St.
Boyd Mill Avenue Historic District
This historic district features Colonial Revival, Folk Victorian, Bungalow and Cottage residences constructed in the early through mid-20th century.
600 Boyd Mill Park
In the fall, stop to pick a pumpkin, explore a corn maze, and experience rural life. This land has been owned by the Gentry family since 1849, and its 400 acres remain a working farm with three Civil War-era homes (Private Residences). Open weekends, end of Sept.-Oct.
Country Boy Restaurant
Serving daily since 1968, you can order breakfast any time, plus a variety of full-flavored country fare.
4141 Old Hillsboro Rd,
Franklin, TN 37064
Located in the heart of downtown, locals gather here for family-oriented movies, music and community events.
4144 Old Hillsboro Rd.
This unique shop specializes in 19th- and early 20th-century French and Italian chandeliers, cabinets, farm tables, iron-stone, European textiles, and exclusive jewelry. Closed Mon. & Tues.
4149 Old Hillsboro Rd.
Leiper's Fork Church of Christ
Built in 1821, this is where David Lipscomb led a congregation to adopt positions as noncombatants during the Civil War. Their petition was rejected by Military Governor Andrew Johnson, who later became President of the U.S.
4207 Old Hillsboro Rd.
Benton's Well and Slave Cabin
Travelers along the old Natchez Trace drank from Benton's Well and camped here, and an 1801 slave cabin still exists on the (now private) property. Nearby Green's Grocery is now a tucked-away music venue for local pickers and country stars alike.
4345 Old Hillsboro Rd.
Leiper's Fork Market
Stop in for a snack and a walk back in time as you view historic photos and stories of the area on the walls of this convenience store.
4348 Old Hillsboro Road
The road takes its name after the 1801 military post established here to enforce the 1785 Indian Treaty's Tennessee Valley Divide boundary, allotting the Cherokee space for hunting grounds stretching into Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina.
5379 Old Hillsboro Rd.
Nett's Country Store
A slight turn onto Skelley Road brings you to this down-home country store and restaurant serving up delicious homemade pies, great cooking, and live music from time to time.
4356 Skelley Rd.
Bethel Community Center
This historic school is now home to live music and dancing on the third Saturday night of the month. Join the locals for an authentic experience.
4357 Skelley Road
Santa Fe, TN 38482
Goshen United Methodist Church and Cemetery
The current frame church was built in 1882, but the congregation has been meeting here since the early 1800s. Check out the mounting or horse block out front.
3523 Goshen Rd
Santa Fe, TN 38482
Papa Boudreaux's Cajun Cafe
Straight from New Orleans, "Papa" relocated to Tennessee and at the urging of friends who love his authentic recipes, opened a Cajun restaurant on his Santa Fe property. This colorful gem is going to surprise you!
3419 Fly Road
Fly Community and Store
Enter into the unincorporated and primarily agricultural community of Fly, Tennessee, just outside of Santa Fe. Opened by members of the Fly family, original settlers in the area, Fly's General Store opened in 1906 and is still known by its original name. Neighboring Fly Nazarene Church also anchors the fly community.
5661 Leipers Creek Rd.
Water Valley Community
This was one of Maury County's first settlements, and the earliest marked grave (Sarah Fly, 1808) in the county lies here. In 1824, Water Valley had 61 voters and paid taxes on 14 slaves. This is a classic country drive, with stunning colors in the fall.
4849 Leipers Creek Rd.
Water Valley Community Center
At this corner, find the Water Valley Community Center where dances are still held every week.
4849 Leipers Creek Rd.
Pigg Schoolhouse Village
This historic school house was moved to this site along with a cabin, smokehouse, and replica of an old-fashioned general store to create a little "village.”
4719 Mingo Branch Road
Williamsport Wildlife Management Area
Managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, this site offers 1,800 acres for small game hunting and four lakes popular for bass fishing.
3880 Williamsport Pike
Claiborne AME Church
This church housed a congregation that began to gather after the Civil War and is known for its beautiful music. The current sanctuary dates from 1923.
3692 Old Williamsport Rd
Learn the history of the area inside this former local bank building and be sure to inside the old vault. Open Thurs.-Sun.
2389 Hwy 166N
Zion Presbyterian Church
The church was organized in 1807 by 11 descendant families of Scottish and Scotch-Irish Presbyterians who originally immigrated to South Carolina around 1731. It was located in the center of the 5,120 acres purchased from General Nathanael Greene's land grant from the Revolutionary War. These pioneer settlers erected the first church on the site even before building their own homes. Zion Church has served as the religious and social center of the community continuously to the present time. The current building was built in 1849. Zion Presbyterian Church is a Greek Revival-style church with Tiffany stained glass windows. President Polk attended a school at this church.
2322 Zion Rd
Canaan AME Church and Community
For a hundred years after the end of the Civil War, the Canaan community was a vibrant, African American neighborhood with a school and church.
3046 Ashwood Rd.
Entering Mount Pleasant on Main Street, you’ll pass beautiful historic homes and enter into a quaint yet vibrant downtown district with shops and restaurants.
Mount Pleasant/Maury Museum of Local History
Explore the history of the Mount Pleasant area and learn about the impact of the local phosphate industry.
108 Public Sq
Mount Pleasant, TN 38474
Rattle and Snap
Rattle and Snap is a gorgeous Greek Revival-style residence with an interesting history; supposedly the owner won the land in a game of chance.
1522 N. Main St.
St. John's Church
Built in 1842, St. John’s Episcopal Church served as a hospital during the Civil War and as a temporary burial ground for several Confederate generals.
6497 Trotwood Ave.
APTA Historic Homes
In just a short drive around W. 6th Street, you'll find many restored homes recognized by the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities.
305 West 6th St.
James K. Polk Home
Aside from the White House, this is the only surviving home (excluding the White House) of James Knox Polk, 11th president of the U.S. This Federal-style structure was built by his father, Samuel, and James K. Polk lived here between 1818 and 1824, continuing to visit his mother here frequently until his own death in 1849. Tour this National Historic Landmark and two other structures on the property to see over 1,300 artifacts and mementos from Polk's life, including original furniture and White House china.
301 West Seventh Street
P. 0. Box 741
Maury County Visitor Center
Learn about Downtown Columbia and the surrounding area from the friendly staff at the Maury County Visitor Center.
302 W. 7th St.
Mount Lebanon Baptist Church
The original Mount Lebanon Baptist Church was established in 1843, the first of its kind for former slaves in Tennessee. This building dates from 1885.
218 E 8th St.
This magnificent 1853 mansion was built by Nathaniel Frances Cheairs IV, a Civil War colonel in the Confederate Army and the man who carried the surrender flag at Fort Donelson in 1862. The property was purchased by the Saturn Corporation in the 1980s and donated to Maury County. The Tennessee Museum of Early Farm Life is located on the grounds in two salvaged barns. Open for tours.
Spring Hill Battlefield
On November 29, 1864, this farmland became a Civil War battlefield. Stop and walk through part of the 110-acre battlefield preserved as farmland.
3518 Kedron Road
Battle of Thompson's Station
The Battle of Thompson's Station was the second largest Civil War battle in Williamson County.
1550 Thompson Station Rd.
Much of the fighting in the Battle of Thompson's Station took place on this property. The 1809 home sheltered many local women and children in its cellar as the battle took place. While watching the action from the cellar window, 17-year-old Alice Thompson saw the Confederate color bearer shot down and bolted from the house to lift up the flag. Her courage inspired the Confederate soldiers to rally and defeat the Union. The property has a conservation easement from The Land Trust for Tennessee and a foundation has been started for Thompson's Station Battlefield Park.
This park marks the Confederate Army's staging area during the Battle of Franklin. Park and walk up the hill to view the landscape from Hood's vantage point.
4023 Columbia Pk.
Eastern Flank Battlefield Park
This open ground is known as the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park and is the largest battlefield reclamation in the nation.
1368 Eastern Flank Circle
Carnton Plantation and McGavock Confederate Cemetery
This Antebellum mansion dates back to 1826, built by former Nashville Mayor Randal McGavock. During the Civil War, it was the home of Colonel John and Carrie McGavock, featured in the best-selling novel "Widow of the South." Just a few hundred yards from the front lines of battle, the home served as a hospital during the Battle of Franklin, and its wood floors still show blood stains from the more than 300 soldiers brought in that day. Generals Cleburne, Granbury, Adams and Strahl's bodies laid on the back porch after the battle. The adjacent McGavock Confederate Cemetery contains 1,500 graves, the largest private Confederate cemetery in the U.S. Today, the plantation is restored, open for public tours, and is used for private and community events.
1345 Carnton Lane
This 1830 house and its buildings hold more than a thousand bullet holes, received during the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864. In fact, the farm office on the property is known to be the most bullet-damaged building still standing from the Civil War. Some of the bloodiest hand-to-hand combat took place right here, as the Carter family hid in the basement for safety. Today, the Carter House, its buildings and eight acres of its property are preserved and open to the public, including a fascinating museum, gift shop and guided tours.
1140 Columbia Avenue
You'll find beautifully designed fireplaces, well-preserved antique furnishings and decorative arts from the 1820s to the 1860s in this 1858 home, as well as cannonball scars from the Battle of Franklin. The Lotz family stayed safe across the street in the basement of the Carter home during the bloody battle, emerging to find bodies "so thick you couldn't take a step without walking on one of them." Pickets from the Lotz family's fence were used by the soldiers to build barricades and blood from both sides still stains the floors, as the house was used as a military hospital for several months following the battle. Battlefield Walking Tours are led here by Thomas Cartwright, a leading authority on the Battle of Franklin.
Back in downtown Franklin, the Old Tennessee Trail ends where it began. This town square holds dozens of unique shopping and dining experiences, but remains true to its Main Street identity, with brick sidewalks and beautifully restored buildings in the 16-block historic district. Today, it's an upscale suburb of Nashville, named to Southern Living's "Best Small Town" Top 10 list. Now that you have a sense of the area's rich history, take in the town square with a new perspective. Walk these streets and imagine the events, people and culture that have shaped it for hundreds of years.
This state-of-the-art, renovated, 1937 Art Deco theatre offers world-class live music, movies and community events. When it opened, it was the only air-conditioned building in town; in its early days, it even served as a Vaudeville-style theatre. The marquee you see today is a faithful reproduction of the original and is especially striking at night.
The Factory at Franklin
Make plans to explore this unique 12-building dining, shopping and entertainment complex. You'll find it a welcome break from chain stores and malls, while still offering a variety of options; there's even a seasonal farmers market.
Ridgetop Bed & Breakfast
Just four miles from the Natchez Trace, Ridgetop is a favorite with cyclists with 170 acres of wooded hills, streams, wildlife, and trails.
2141 Columbia Hwy
Hampshire, TN 38461
Natchez Hills Vineyard & Winery
The Natchez Hills Winery in Hampshire was their first location, but you can find this wine at the Fontanel in Whites Creek or at the Nashville Farmers Market.
Voted the best burger and best deli in town, this is the place to get great food amid the locals.
1323 S James Campbell Blvd
Columbia, TN 38401
Campbell Station Country Store & Restaurant
Satisfy your appetite at this country store turned restaurant in Culleoka. Enjoy traditional Southern food, hospitality, and Sweet Tea.
2800 Dodson Gap Rd
Culleoka, TN 38451
In this downtown Franklin establishment, enjoy the friendly country store atmosphere with a menu of Southern classics, full bar, and live music.
120 4th Avenue S
Franklin, TN 37064
Southport Saltpeter Cave
A park restored for you to explore the Civil War history in wild caves and see many different formations. There is also many other outdoor activities.
5316 Miller Lake Rd
Chickasaw Trace County Park
Chickasaw Trace is a mountain biking park on the banks of the Duck River with trails and rides for all ages and skill levels.
1418 New Hwy 7
Columbia, TN 38401
Leiper's Fork Distillery
Leiper's Fork Distillery is bringing back the history and heritage of small batch whiskey production by crafting premium spirits with a signature taste.