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Downtown Nashville Visitor Center

Inside the glass tower of Bridgestone Arena, visitors can talk with Music City experts for “inside” tips; pick up brochures, maps and coupons; shop for souvenirs; and buy tickets for attractions, all while listening to live music.

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501 Broadway Nashville, TN

615-259-4747

More About: Downtown Nashville

This mid-sized city draws people from all over the world, eager to stroll the sidewalks of Broadway, duck into the famous honky tonks and walk in the footsteps of country music’s greats. This thriving district has something for everyone, from pool halls and pub fare to great meals and family fun; shopping and souvenirs to world-class sporting events. This has always been the heart of the city, and right on the banks of the Cumberland River sits Nashville’s beginning — the site of the original Fort Nashborough. This is where the city’s first settlers landed, led here by James Robertson in the late 1700s. Looking out over the river and behind the fort at the bustling downtown is an interesting reminder of the changes Nashville has seen — from a humble fort to modern skyscrapers, from pioneers to musical performers.

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Tennessee Central Railroad Museum

This museum is on the move! Here you can experience rail travel firsthand as you hop on board its historic train for one of many special excursions through beautiful Middle Tennessee. You'’ll pass through other towns on our trail, too, including Watertown (point 106), Monterey (point 51), Baxter (point 32), Cookeville (point 36) and Lebanon (point 8). After the ride, explore the railroad museum filled with memorabilia and historic equipment.
Open 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday - Saturday

 

220 Willow St. Nashville, TN

615-244-9001

Head NE on Broadway toward 5th Ave. for 0.3 mile, turn R at 1st Ave S. Go 0.3 mile, continue onto Hermitage Ave. In approx. 1 mile, turn L at Fairfield Ave./Willow St. to pt. 2.

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Becker’s Bakery

For more than 85 years, this bakery has been a true family tradition — from the fourth generation bakers to those who enjoy their made-from-scratch recipes. Pick up a box of cookies and hit the trail. But don'’t forget to come back for homemade cakes, pies, breads and their famous, old-fashioned fruitcake (a favorite since 1925).

2543 Lebanon Pk. Nashville, TN

615-883-3232

Retrace route, turn L on Hermitage Ave. Hermitage Ave. becomes US-70/ Lebanon Pike. Continue 4 miles to pt. 3.

More About: The Hermitage

The Hermitage was one of the filming locations and settings for the 1955 Disney film Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.

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The Hermitage

Walk where President Andrew Jackson lived. His home is one of our nation’'s most authentically preserved early presidential home sites, as well as one of the oldest and largest historic site museums in the U.S. Through exhibits and tours, visitors can see how this 1,000-acre property evolved from a modest frontier farm in the early 1800s to Jackson’'s prosperous and extensive cotton plantation. Since opening in 1889, more than 15 million people have visited this historic landmark. Admission charged. From 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., April 1st - October 15th and from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., October 16th - 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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4580 Rachel’s Ln. Nashville, TN

615-889-2941

Travel E on US-70/ Lebanon Pk. toward Graylynn Dr. for 4.1 miles. Turn L at Old Hickory Blvd. Go 1 mile, turn R at Rachel’s Ln. to pt. 4.

More About: Founding Nashville and Rachel Donelson

Nashville was founded on Christmas Eve, 1779. Among the pioneers was 12-year-old Rachel Donelson, daughter of Captain John Donelson. She would later become the wife of President Andrew Jackson.

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Mt. Juliet

This progressive town in the western part of Wilson County was formed in 1835 and received its name from a castle in Kilkenny County, Ireland. It is known as the “Purple Martin Capitol of Tennessee,” and is home to country music stars Charlie Daniels and Tracy Lawrence.

Lebanon Rd. Mt. Juliet, TN

You’ll arrive in pt. 5 on route to pt. 6.

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Rice's Country Hams

Stepping inside this wooden, roadside building is like stepping back in time. Once the community'’s old country store, today it’'s home to some of the area’'s best home-cured country ham, sausage, and bacon, and they have a wall of trophies and ribbons to prove it! Edward Rice, Sr. started curing country hams more than 60 years ago in his backyard smokehouse. Today, in addition to their famous meats, visitors can buy homemade jams, jellies and mixes. Open Easter-Christmas.

12217 Lebanon Rd. Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

615-758-2362

From pt. 4, return to US-70/Lebanon Pk., turn L. Go 6 miles to pt. 6.

07

Breeden's Orchard Bakery Country Store

Whether you prefer to pick peaches in the summer or apples in the fall, Breeden'’s delivers freshness right off the trees. Tours show how these fresh fruits are produced and harvested and the country store is the perfect place to gather a few jars of preserves and jams. Children & adults may pick apples; only 18+ may pick peaches. Peaches in July - August. Apples in September. Apples only

631 Beckwith Rd. Mt. Juliet, TN

615-449-2880

Continue E on US-70/Lebanon Pk. for approx. 3 miles, turn R onto Beckwith Rd. to pt. 7

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Lebanon

Known as one of the “prettiest of Tennessee'’s country towns,” Lebanon was founded in 1801 on land with a gushing spring and a grove of red cedars. It was those cedars that gave the city its name, a reminder of the biblical Land of Cedars. Lebanon is rich in history and culture and its town square, listed on the National Historic Register, is home to many antique, gift and collectible stores.

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Public Square Lebanon, TN

You’ll arrive in pt. 8 on route to pt. 9.

More About: Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson was Tennessee’s first homegrown president, born to Irish immigrants and known for his fiery temper and daring spirit. In the 1790s, he played a major role in creating the state of Tennessee out of North Carolina’s western territory, and began his political career as the state’s first member of the House of Representatives. In 1812, Major General Jackson led 1,500 volunteer troops south to Natchez along the Natchez Trace to defend New Orleans from the British, marching them back home through hostile Native American territory, where his toughness earned him the nickname “Old Hickory.” He was called to duty again to successfully fight the Creek Indians in 1813, and again in 1814 in New Orleans, leading an unconventional band of soldiers to an amazing victory that forced the British out of Louisiana. His reputation as a hero helped Jackson become the 7th U.S. president in 1828, backed by a grassroots group known as the Democratic Party. Jackson’s wife, Rachel, died one month before he left Tennessee to assume the nation’s highest office.

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The Mill at Lebanon

This 1908 brick building was once home to historic Lebanon Woolen Mills, which supplied wool blankets during World War II. Today, it’'s an adaptive reuse development with art displays, a coffee shop and the Hot Rod Alley Car Museum, which features a collection of hot rods from the 1900s-1950s, a full-size gas station, gift shop and more.

300 N. Maple St. Lebanon, TN

615-443-6901

From pt. 7, return to US-70, turn R onto US-70. Go 8.2 miles, turn L on W. Baddour Pkwy. Go 2.6 miles, turn R onto N. Maple St. to pt. 9.

More About: Lebanon’'s Cumberland University

During World War II, the Second Army occupied the campus of Lebanon’'s Cumberland University, using it as headquarters for an army training exercise known as the Tennessee Maneuvers. During this time, General George Patton lived on site in Bone Hall.

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Historic Lebanon Square

Park and walk to pts. 10-12. This is known as the heart of the “Antique City of the South” for its many antique stores and malls. Park and spend some time browsing and discovering parts of the town’'s historical roots. There’s a life-sized statue of General Robert Hatton, a graduate of nearby Cumberland University, and a reconstructed cabin formerly occupied by Neddy Jacobs, the first settler to the area in 1800. At 111 E. Main Street you'’ll find a plaque that honors the spot where the log building law office of former Tennessee Governor Sam Houston stood in 1818. Park and walk to visit these highlights on and around the square (points 10-12):

149 Public Sq. Lebanon, TN

615-444-5503

Park and walk to pts. 10-12. Retrace route to W. Baddour Pkwy./ W. High St., turn R onto US-231/Cumberland St. to pt. 10.

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The Roy Bailey African-American History Center

Established in 2004, this museum displays many artifacts and research materials focusing on key topics important to the life of African- Americans in Wilson County. It is named after community activist Roy Bailey, who took a leading role in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Open Tues., Thurs. & Sat.

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115 E. Main St., Ste B Lebanon, TN

615-449-2911

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Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce

While you’'re on the square, stop here for info on Lebanon and other interesting sights.

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149 Public Sq. Lebanon, TN

615-444-5503

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City of Lebanon Museum & History Center

Take a walk through Lebanon'’s past and learn about the town’'s interesting history from its beginnings as a Native American region to the modern era. The 2,500-square-foot museum is located at the lower entrance of the City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights, one of many restored buildings of the former Castle Heights Military Academy, whose campus is listed on the National Historic Register. Audio descriptions by famous residents introduce the periods on display.

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200 Castle Heights Ave. N. Lebanon, TN

615-443-2839

From sq., exit onto W. Main St., turn R onto Castle Heights Ave. to pt. 13.

More About: Trail of Tears

When Tennessee gained statehood in 1796, it was about one- eighth the size it is today. It grew as the American government purchased more and more land from the Native Americans, until only the southeastern sliver of the state still belonged to the Cherokee. The tribe had adopted much of the European culture, owning large farms, becoming Christians, using written language and even publishing a newspaper. Though they lived in peace with the settlers, President Andrew Jackson was no fan of the Native Americans, having fought against them in the Creek War. In 1830, Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, requiring all Native Americans to leave their homes and move west of the Mississippi River. In 1838, those who had not relocated voluntarily were rounded up and marched west, while soldiers ransacked their homes and villages, taking their personal possessions. About 4,000 of the 15,000 Cherokees died on the march from what is now Chattanooga through Wilson County, into Kentucky, and on to what is now Oklahoma. The Trail of Tears journey lasted more than a year and a half and is one of the cruelest stories of Tennessee’s history. Learn more about the Trail of Tears on The Jack Trail: Sippin’ to Saddles, Nashville’s Trace: Backstage to Backroads and Tanasi: Rapids to Railroads Trail.

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Wilson County Museum

The Fite-Fessenden House, built in 1870 by surgeon Dr. James Fite, is home to a museum that features many artifacts from the county'’s 200-year history. Its main display is an exquisite collection of art and Victorian glassware.

236 W. Main St. Lebanon, TN

615-444-9127

Return to W. Main St., turn L. Go 0.7 mile to pt. 14. Return to Lebanon Sq.

More About: The Wilson County Fair

The Wilson County Fair has been consistently ranked one of the top county fairs in America today.

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Sellars Farm State Archaeological Area

Ever wonder what Wilson County was like in the "“real early days”?" During the Mississippian period of Native American habitation in Tennessee, the Cumberland River Valley became the site of a cluster of fortified towns. One such town is now known as Sellars Farm, which was inhabited from 1000 A.D. to 1300 A.D. Take a walking tour through the area while learning about the inhabitants. For more details call 615-885-2422.

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Poplar Hill Road Lebanon, TN

615-885-2422

Exit sq. onto US-231/ N. Cumberland St. Turn R on US-70/E. High St./E. Baddour Pkwy./Sparta Pk. Go 4.2 miles, turn L on Poplar Hill Rd. Go 0.6 mile to pt. 15. Retrace route to Lebanon Sq.

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Cedars of Lebanon State Park

Enjoy a stay in one of the many cabins or campsites in this 1,000-acre park. Hit the horseback trail, swim, hike or just stop for a picnic. Visitors frequently get glimpses of foxes, deer, squirrels, rabbits and turkeys throughout the park.

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328 Cedar Forest Rd. Lebanon, TN

615-443-2769

Exit Lebanon Sq. at US-231S/ S. Cumberland St. Turn L on Cedar Forest Rd., go 0.8 mile. Take 1st R to stay on Cedar Forest Rd. to pt. 16. Return to Lebanon Sq.

More About: Lebanon'’s Cumberland University

When Lebanon'’s Cumberland University added its law school in 1852, it was the first in the state and the first west of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Rome

Located on the Cumberland River at the mouth of Round Lick Creek, Rome once rivaled Carthage as a port and trade center until it began to decline, along with the steamboats, in the early 20th century. During the Civil War, Confederate General John Morgan’'s troops escaped a Union attack in Lebanon, finding their getaway in Rome: the ferry anchored on their side of the river. The historic ferry continued in operation through the late 1920s.

Rome, TN

Continue E on US-70/ Carthage Hwy for approx. 12 miles. Pass through pt. 18 on route to pt. 19.

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South Carthage

Just across the river from Carthage, South Carthage was developed primarily because of the railroad. As you enter town, notice the historic Cordell Hull Bridge on the left. Built in 1936, it was the second bridge to span the river at this spot.

South Carthage, TN

You’ll drive through pt. 19 on route to pt. 20.

19

Kidz Central Playground

Take a break from the trail and have a picnic, stretch your legs on the walking track and let the kids enjoy the play area.

Hwy 53 (Behind Farmers Market) Carthage, TN

615-735-2294

From int. of TN-53 & US-70N, go S for 0.8 mile. Turn L onto Ag Center Ln. to pt. 20.

20

Timberloft Restaurant

The grill is always fired up and ready at this area favorite. Famous for its steaks and delicious Memphis-style BBQ, Timberloft’'s cozy, rustic lodge setting has welcomed thousands, including a few famous guests, from Darrell Waltrip and Al Gore to Diane Sawyer and the Dixie Chicks. Even the desserts get special treatment from the restaurant’'s own Le Cordon Bleu pastry chef!

470 Gordonsville Hwy Gordonsville, TN

615-683-5070

From pt. 20, turn L onto TN-53S/Gordonsville Hwy. Go 3.8 miles to pt. 21. Interstate Access: I-40, exit 258 (TN-53). Head N toward Carthage.

General Area:

Nashville

Stops:

113

Hit the road with one of Tennessee's most interesting excursions and discover the Promised Land Trail. You'll enjoy a mix of big cities and small towns, courthouse squares and state parks, and a variety of history and attractions that promise to be everything you'd expect.

Your adventure begins in Nashville, and then leads you to some of the most charming cities in the state. Parts of this trail retrace some of the very routes our state’s earliest pioneers forged through the forested mountains and hills of Middle Tennessee. There’s Avery's Trace, the first road into Tennessee, and Walton Road that later helped map the course for Hwy 70. Today the route is lined with wonderful communities and neighborhoods that attract people from across the country to their beauty and special events; restaurants and cafés filled with delicio us foods; shops full of uniq ue treasures; and natural areas showcasing the sights, sounds and wildlife the settlers encountered more than 200 years ago. It won't take long to realize this trail is about people. People fueled with a spirit of the unknown, whose sheer determination for a new and better life led them to start these towns with nothing more than what they could bring in a wagon or carry on their back. Today, that pion eer spirit lives on. You’ll see it in every place you visit. And, more importantly, feel it in every person you meet.

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