Maury County | Tennessee
|Athenaeum Rectory | Maury County | Tennessee|
Antebellum Homes Capital of Tennessee
Maury County, Tennessee is an off-the-beaten-path destination known as the "Antebellum Capital of Tennessee” because of the large number of restored antebellum homes in the area. As you walk between the towering columns of our graceful antebellum homes, you will enter into history. These homes were first hand witnesses to events as they unfolded in the mid 1800’s. No one can tell you just what happened over 150 years ago like an eye witness. These beautiful historic sites live on as a testament to history.
Less than an hour south of Nashville, this is a place that entices travelers to soak up the history, hospitality and beauty of its rolling hills. After experiencing local attractions and events, visitors can enjoy wonderful Southern meals in upscale restaurants or unique eateries.
No visit to Maury County is complete without a visit to the James K. Polk Ancestral Home and Presidential Hall in Columbia. James K. Polk lived and practiced law in Columbia before he became the protégé of Andrew Jackson and moved through political ranks to become the 11th President of the United States. He and his wife Sarah are remembered in an award winning museum in the only remaining home other than the White House where he resided. The Presidential Hall features changing exhibits of historical significance….some from the Smithsonian.
|James K Polk Home | Maury County | Tennessee|
Rippavilla Plantation rewards its visitors with a lovely look into our Antebellum past. Built in the 1850’s, it was the home of Major Nathaniel and Susan Cheairs. It played an active role during the Civil War for both Confederate and Union armies. It was the site of General John Bell Hoods breakfast with his generals before the Battle of Franklin.
|Rippavilla Plantation | Maury County | Tennessee|
Other attractions in Maury County include The Athenaeum Rectory and Historic Elm Springs in Columbia, Tennessee Early Farm Life Museum and Ferguson Hall in Spring Hill, Hampshire Museum in Hampshire and Mt. Pleasant/Maury Museum of Local History in Mt. Pleasant. If you enjoy a ride through the country, you’ll want to check out the Old Tennessee Trail and the Natchez Trace Trail, both self-guided driving tours. And if your interest is wine, there are four wineries in the area.
In April comes Mule Day weekend, when the whole town of Columbia is taken over by our long-eared friends. In the fall the Southern Fried Festival takes center stage on Columbia’s beautifully preserved public square and Spring Hill’s Country Ham Festival celebrates the hog with fun activities for the whole family. The Tennessee Early Farm Life Museum attracts antique tractors from near and far for their annual Tractor Show in October.
Columbia's commercial historic district, in the heart of the city, boasts a magnificently restored courthouse and a town square revitalized in recent years with specialty shops, antique stores and restaurants. Around the city, stately antebellum mansions, large and small Victorian and carpenter gothic homes, American four-square homes, gothic and neoclassical churches and commercial buildings - many of them still in use - testify to Columbia's periods of prosperity.
|Marcy Jo's | Maury County | Tennessee|
Maury County is a rich land of rolling hills, lakes and parks to fulfill everyone’s desires. Outdoor recreational opportunities include biking, hiking, horseback riding, golf, tennis, skeet shooting, canoeing, fishing and hunting. It is a place where families and friends are important. Folks say “please” and “thank you” and guests are always welcome.
Make your plans to experience Maury.