Tennessee's Backroads
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Bell Buckle

Bluebird Antiques & Ice Cream Parlor

15 Webb Rd East
Bell Buckle, 37020

A turn of the century country store with original soda bar. Filled with primitives, architectural and garden items. Locally made food products and hand-dipped ice cream all nestled around a pot belly stove. Come for a visit and learn about the Bluebird Ice Cream Parlor building!

Hinkle Hill Inn Retreat House

201 Hinkle Hill Street East
Bell Buckle, 37020

Hinkle Hill Inn is the perfect place for group retreats. This retreat house can sleep up to 17 people with each bedroom having a private bath. The house offers a great space to leave your crafts out for the weekend or have meetings or training classes or dinner for your family reunion. Several packages are available. A great place for scrapbooking, card making or quilting.

Phillips General Store & Antiques

4 Railroad Square Street East
Bell Buckle, 37020

A variety of country painted primitives, architectural items, country store, garden accessories, Americana folk art, children’s things, holiday collectibles, textiles, tin ware, baskets and pottery. If you love “stuff” this is the place for you!


Antiques, Art, & Collectibles

123 Public Square South
Shelbyville, 37160

You are sure to find something special in the Antique Mall’s 17,000+ sq. ft. of exciting space! Enjoy an eclectic blend of antiques, vintage, fashion, home décor, original art and jewelry. One of Bedford County’s more unique shopping destinations…the Antiques, Art & Collectibles Mall!

Bedford County Arts Council

Fly Arts Center
204 S Main St
Shelbyville, 37160

A registered, non-profit, volunteer organization devoted to preserving and promoting the arts and cultural diversity within the community. Live theatre plays are held throughout the year. Various art classes are scheduled monthly. Don’t miss a visit to the arts and crafts gift shop showcasing the work of area artisans.

Bedford County Fair

2119 Midland Rd (Off Hwy 231)
Shelbyville, 37160

A non-profit organization that supports the agriculture areas throughout the county. This annual fair features animal shows, exhibitions, entertainment, antique tractors and much more. This event has been held for many years around the end of July/early August time period each year.

Capri Theatre

201 Depot Street
Shelbyville, 37160

Seeing a movie at the Capri Theatre is a royal treat. This theatre is a deco delight, with many of the original amenities, such as the illuminated signs above the rest room doors, the sleek steel railing on the staircase and ornate carpeting. The theatre’s fantastic marquee puts on its own show beginning each evening at sunset. The balcony auditorium is equipped with stadium seating and the main auditorium features plush rocking chairs. The theatre also offers outstanding concession treats.

Clearview Horse Farm Ranch and Lodging

2291 Hwy 231 S
Shelbyville, 37160

Come and visit this beautiful all breed working horse farm. Five horse-themed guest rooms are available. Horseback riding, pets welcome, RV hookups are offered. Facilities include a professional indoor show arena, 110 stalls, floodlit outdoor arena and ample parking for RVs and trailers. Enjoy the new outdoor extreme trail course. A great setting for any type of show. Visit the website to learn about the many events held throughout the year. Farm tours available. Venue available for large groups.

The Shops At Main & McGrew

100 S Main St
Shelbyville, 37160

Located in the historic post office building, this shop offers antiques, collectibles, crystals, fossils, pop culture items, local artisan works, fine home furnishings, photography, records and other related items.


Blockade Runner Civil War Store and Museum

1027 Bell Buckle/Wartrace Rd
Wartrace, 37183

The Blockade Runner Civil War Sutlery is the first, and only, store of its kind in the world. The store has 5,000 square feet of floor space for your shopping convenience and is located between Bell Buckle and Wartrace on Hwy 269. Mens and ladies wear, military or civilian. All kinds of accessories and original items. It’s wall to wall American Civil War. Everything for the reenactor, living historian, or history buff can be found here! No waiting, no appointments, just stop by and shop Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST. The Blockade Runner is owned and operated by Jerry, Connie, and Phillip Smith. The Smiths have been in the historical reproduction business since 1983.

Festive Plates Gift Shoppe

25 Main Street East
Wartrace, 37183

Gift shoppe carrying handmade merchandise – some made by the owner (Gail), other handmade items made by local crafters and artisans. This shop is for people who want something unique and different for themselves or a gift i.e. blown glass, handmade jewelry or items made by a master wood turner.

Historic Chockley Tavern

111 Spring St
Wartrace, 37183

Historic Chockley Tavern, ca. 1852 is located in the Wartrace Square National Register Railroad District. This historic inn is on the Tullahoma Campaign self-driving tour. Located across the street in the railroad park is a Campaign Civil War kiosk, information on Gen. Patrick Cleburne, Hardee Corps Army of TN Memorial and L&N Caboose #1662. Travel brochures, information and rocking chairs await guests on the front veranda. Many times each day you can get up close and personal in watching a train go by. With advanced arrangements, step-on guide services can be arranged.

Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum

27 Main St
Wartrace, 37183

This museum serves as the permanent home in documenting the rich history of the Tennessee Walking Horse. Wartrace, Tennessee is known as “The Cradle of the Tennessee Walking Horse.” The museum showcases artifacts, documents and photographs which demonstrate the relevance of the breed. This museum allows the public an up close and personal view of these treasures. Group tours are welcome with advance reservations.

Tennessee Walking Horse Trail


In 1935, seven local horse trainers and breeders gathered to create the first walking horse association. The first year 208 horses were registered. This trail weaves through Southern Middle Tennessee featuring the burial place of “Strolling Jim” – the first World Grand Champion (buried on the grounds of the Walking Horse Hotel – Wartrace), The Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum - Wartrace, Celebration Grounds (Shelbyville), the Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association (Lewisburg), and various walking horse farms.


Miller’s Grocery – A Country Café

7011 Main St
Christiana, 37037

Known for outstanding food featuring chicken, catfish, bbq ribs and outstanding vegetables and salads. Featuring down-home cooking and fabulous desserts in an atmospheric old country store. Live music on weekends. Catering available. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed on Monday. Check website for specific times.

Allstar Fence and Deck

112 Zoe Ct
Murfreesboro, 37129

Fences of all kinds - farm, privacy, aluminum, picket, etc.; decks and other outdoor structures - pergolas, screened in rooms, patio covers. Visit the website for photos and more detailed information or email info@allstarfence615.com

Portraits by Darlene Shadden

Nashville, TN 37221

This portrait artist has received various local and national awards. Available for commission work, special events – if you are lucky you can watch her “in action” at select festivals and area events. A true performing artist and talented beyond belief, she paints pastels, oils, acrylics, charcoals and is available for conducting workshops for aspiring artists. Call for an appointment or to learn more about her services.

Clement Railroad Hotel Museum

100 Frank Clement Place
Dickson, 37055

The Hotel Halbrook, home of the Clement Railroad Hotel Museum, was constructed in 1913 and is one of the few remaining examples of a railroad hotel in a small Tennessee town. It functioned as a working man’s hotel until 1954 and reopened to the public once again in June, 2009. The Museum explores the history and heritage of Dickson County, the Western Highland Rim and the State of Tennessee through exhibits and collections relating to the railroad, iron ore industry, commerce, the Civil War, settlement, and the accomplishments of Tennessee Governor Frank G. Clement. This museum serves to educate the community and tourists with tours being offered. The venue is available for rental. Closed on Sunday, Monday and major holidays. There is an admission charge for the tour. While visiting, check out the gift shop and special exhibits.

Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Museum, Farm and Jewelry Showroom

(Located at Birdsong Resort & Marina)
255 Marina Rd
Camden, 38320

Witness a remarkable iridescent product of nature as it emerges from the indigenous Washboard mussel. Tennessee’s Official State Gem – the freshwater pearl - is rarely found naturally from these living animals, but grown at the only freshwater pearl-culturing farm operation in the North American continent. The organic gem stone-culturing operation is nestled in the pristine embayment of Birdsong Creek – just off the scenic Tennessee River’s beautiful Kentucky Lake – in Camden, West Tennessee, 9 miles north of Interstate 40 at Exit 133/Birdsong Exit. The Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Museum, Farm, Tour and Jewelry Showroom is located at Birdsong Resort and Marina. Tour packages available. For more information, email bob@birdsong.com.



Bell Buckle

Bell Buckle Banquet Hall

27 Railroad Square
Bell Buckle, 37020

Located in historic downtown Bell Buckle, the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall is a multi-use facility with a dance floor and stage that can be uniquely decorated for any event. With a seating capacity of up to 300 people, the Banquet Hall offers full in-house catering services and can work with a budget to fit your needs. A perfect place for weddings, receptions, dances, reunions and other fun events. Special dinner buffets are held on most holidays.

Bell Buckle Café

16 Railroad Square E
Bell Buckle, 37020

Prize-winning, hickory-smoked barbeque, fresh hand-squeezed lemonade, down-home cooking specials seven days a week. Home of the famous Moon Pie sundae. Carry-out and catering available. Open Monday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Live country radio show Saturday 1–3 p.m., WLIJ 1580AM. Live music Friday and Saturday nights, 6:00-8:30 p.m. Great food in a down home setting!

Southern Charm Tea Room

29 Railroad Square
Bell Buckle, 37020

This quaint tea room is a very special place for enjoying a great lunch. The tea room also serves as a great venue for birthday parties, teas, and other special events. Expect outstanding service and food – the homemade desserts are a must! Enjoy a stroll through the gift shop area located just outside of the tea room. The shop features clothing, jewelry and unique items for the home and outdoors. Great food and great shopping – a winning combination! Open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.—3 p.m. by reservation. Private parties Sunday and Monday or after regular business hours.


The Pickin’ Chicken and Sugar Plum Sweet Treats

104 Main St East
Wartrace, 37183

The Pickin’ Chicken is an eatery and live music venue. Check the calendar for events. The food is all fresh and cooked to order. Draft and bottled beers are offered. Decadent desserts are made in our on-site bakery kitchen. The dining/event room is available for private events i.e. weddings, business lunches, dinners, cocktail receptions, and more. Our source of great food comes from fresh ingredients from local farmers’ markets when in season and available. Open 7 days a week.


Overnight Accommodations

Bell Buckle

The Walker Inn

207 Webb Road East
Bell Buckle, 37020

The Walker Inn Bed & Breakfast is a beautifully restored 1890s Eastlake Victorian home in the heart of the quaint village of Bell Buckle, Tennessee. The Inn offers a warm and relaxing lodging experience and a delicious home-cooked breakfast. Whether you are seeking a peaceful retreat, a romantic getaway or simply want to experience the area, you will find what you are looking for at the Walker Inn. In addition to being located next door to The Webb School, just a short stroll brings you to the downtown area of Bell Buckle, where you will find charming antique shops, crafts by local artisans and delicious meals. The Inn can also be used for vacation rentals and as a private event space.


Clearview Horse Farm, Ranch and Lodging

2291 Hwy 231 S
Shelbyville, 37160

Come and visit this beautiful all breed working horse farm. Five horse-themed guest rooms with rustic charm. All rooms offer modern amenities.

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham

1207 North Main St
Shelbyville, 37160

Located in the heart of historic Bedford County, this newly constructed Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Shelbyville hotel welcomes you with friendly service and a host of handy amenities. Just minutes from the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Grounds and an easy drive to the Jack Daniel Distillery and colorful Bell Buckle, this non-smoking hotel puts fun attractions and the down-home charm of the area within easy reach. After a restful sleep on pillow top bedding, start your day off right with a free continental breakfast and stay in touch with free Wi-Fi internet access. Work out any time of day in the 24-hour fitness center and take advantage of ample free parking and laundry facilities. Each over-sized guest room features a 32-inch flat screen TV, or upgrade to a suite, complete with microwave and refrigerator. Handicapped accessible rooms and suites are also available.


The Blue Victorian Bed & Breakfast

124 College St
Wartrace, 37183
931-813-3033, 615-295-3481
FB - The Blue Victorian in Wartrace, TN

Relax and unwind in the charm and comfort of a spacious suite in an updated 1880’s two-story Victorian home. Enjoy the rocking chair front porch with a picturesque view of a nearby wedding chapel and historic homes. Located less than 10 minutes from Bell Buckle, TN.