Bedford County, created in 1807 from Rutherford County and Indian lands was named in honor of Thomas Bedford, a Revolutionary War officer, middle Tennessee land owner of Jefferson Springs in Rutherford County who contributed to the development of that area.

Beechgrove Confederate Cemetery Park located in Beechgrove, is known as one of the South’s oldest Confederate cemeteries for fallen soldiers.

The Duck River is the longest and one of the most beautiful rivers in Tennessee and runs for 268.5 miles twisting and turning it's way across seven counties before emptying into Kentucky Lake on the Tennessee River.

Bell Buckle
Fun Things to See and Do...

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!

Phillips General
Store & Antiques

4 Railroad Square
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!


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 200 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
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. A great place for 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, great shopping – a winning


Overnight Accommodations

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. The Walker Inn is located just minutes away from the famous Webb School.
Hinkle Hill Inn Retreat House
201 Hinkle Hill St. East
Bell Buckle, 37020
Retreat House - Sleeps 15-17 people with large craft room or meeting room. Located within walking distance to shops and restaurants. Great for scrapbookers, quilters, family reunions, church retreats. etc.

Fun Things to See and Do...

Antiques, Art, & Collectibles
123 Public Sqaure South
Shelbyville, 37160
A step through the doors carries you back in time to shop for one of a kind items located in over 17,000 square feet of space. Items are an eclectic blend of antiques, vintage items, home décor, art, primitive and fashion. One of Shelbyville’s most 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.


Bridlewood Farm
140 Hwy 82 East
Shelbyville-Bell Buckle, 37020
931-389-9388, 931-703-9388, or 931-200-1923

Bridlewood Farm is known as one of the most beautiful and prestigious horse farms in Tennessee. The farm is home to famous Tennessee Walking Horses. They are known for their unique, smooth, gliding gait that makes them “The World’s Greatest Show and Pleasure Horses.” The farm has been home to many World Grand Champions and has been the location for filming of music videos, commercials, and is regularly featured in many local and Tennessee state tourism brochures, functions and tours. Bridlewood Farm offers group tours by appointment and also has camping facilities available. Come visit a working Tennessee Walking Horse Farm. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE!
Capri Theatre
201 Depot St
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. 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 for overnight lodging. Horseback riding, pets welcome, RV hookups, fishing and buggy rides 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. The perfect setting for any type of show. Visit the website to learn about the many events held throughout the year. Farm tours available. Venue is available for large groups.
The Shops at Main and McGrew
100 S Main St
Shelbyville, 37160
Located in the old historic post office building, this shop offers antiques, collectables, crystals, fossils, pop culture items, local artisan works, fine home furnishings, photography, records and other related items.


Bridlewood Farm RV Campground
140 Hwy 82 East
Shelbyville – Bell Buckle, 37020
931-389-9388, 931-703-9388, or 931-200-1923
Bridlewood Farm RV Campground offers camping sites in an equestrian atmosphere that is private and relaxing. Watch horses grazing in the pastures and enjoy the walking trails. There are only 6 large oversized pads offered on a “first come, first serve basis.” Each pad has a 20-30 & 50 amp hookup with water, sewer and electrical outlets. Yes! Your pet is welcome! Daily, weekly and monthly rates are also available by “cash or check” only. Overnight stabling for your horse (s) is also available with advanced reservations. ESCAPE…from the ordinary to a totally different experience, COME STAY…On a working Tennessee Walking Horse Farm!


The Coffee Break on the Square
121 Public Square South
Shelbyville, 37160
The Coffee Break on the Square is a full service coffee shop that includes fresh pastries, cakes and pies made daily. A full breakfast is offered and the lunch menu features specials of the day for lunch. Everything is made from scratch daily and all selections are health smart without giving up the southern cooking favorites. Sandwiches, salads, and soups are a must eat to believe in flavor. Open 6 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. every day except Sunday. Everything is custom baked and catering is available for any type of event.

Other Area Businesses

Main Street Wine & Spirits
633 N Main St
Shelbyville, 37160
Featuring all major brand whiskeys, bourbons, etc. Special section for Jack Daniel’s and George Dickel brands — two distilleries located in the area and available for tours. Commemorative sets available.

Overnight Accommodations

Best Western –
Celebration Inn & Suites

724 Madison St
Shelbyville, 37160
All the comforts of home await you here with newly renovated guestrooms which include comfortable pillow top mattresses, large 32 inch flat screen LCD televisions, microwaves, refrigerators, and so much more. All guests receive free high-speed internet access, complimentary hot breakfast daily. Suites featuring whirlpool tubs are also available upon request. Located across the street from the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration grounds and convenient to Shelbyville’s downtown square; only 14 miles from the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg.
Cinnamon Ridge Bed & Breakfast
799 Whitthorne St
Shelbyville, 37160
The Cinnamon Ridge Bed & Breakfast is located in the heart of the City of Shelbyville near The Celebration Horse Show grounds, one of Tennessee's top events. The home was built in 1926 and has been a renowned bed and breakfast inn since 1990. Its new owners, George Bruno and Vicki Bailey, assumed ownership in 2015.
The Plantation style building has 5 bedrooms, each with a private bath. It also features a Garden Room for events that can accommodate as many as 25 persons. The home sits to the rear of a very inviting 1.7 acre lot. This bed and breakfast is located near many attractions featuring live community theater, museums, boutiques and several famous distilleries in the area. Great restaurants are located nearby. Cinnamon Ridge will be a memorable lodging experience!
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. All rooms offer modern amenities. Continental breakfast served.
Lane Street Inn
508 East Lane St
Shelbyville, 37160
Enjoy luxury hotel amenities in a comfortable southern mansion setting. Located just a short distance from Jack Daniel’s and George Dickel distilleries. This unique Colonial Revival mansion features themed guestrooms with premium beds with pillow-top mattresses and luxury linens, flat panel TV’s and mini-fridges. The spacious inn offers private baths, individually controlled central heat and air, iron/ironing board and free Wi-Fi internet access. Located one block from Calsonic Arena and the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration grounds.
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.

Start your day with a free continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi internet access, 24-hour fitness center, free parking, laundry facilities, a 32-inch flat screen TV or upgrade to a suite, complete with microwave and refrigerator. Handicapped accessible rooms and suites are also available.



Bedford County Government
1 Public Square
Shelbyville, 37160
City of Shelbyville
201 N Spring St
Shelbyville, 37160
Duck River Electric Membership Cooperative (DREMC)
P. O. Box 89
Shelbyville, 37160
First Community Bank
of Bedford County

207 Elm St
Shelbyville, 37160
Additional locations are located on Madison Street, Airport Branch, Moore County Branch (Lynchburg, TN), Rutherford County Branch (Murfreesboro, TN).
Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce
100 N Cannon Blvd
Shelbyville, TN 37160
Shelbyville Times-Gazette
P. O. Box 380
Shelbyville, 37162
Serving as your information resource for news and business opportunities in the Shelbyville- Bedford County area.

Fun Things to See and Do...

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.

Gallagher Guitar Company
P. O. Box 128
Wartrace, 37183

Located in downtown Wartrace for 45 years, Gallagher Guitar Company has connected this sleepy Southern town to the wider world. The small family operation fashions exquisite handmade guitars from various exotic woods with touches of shining bits of coral, seashell and abalone pearl from distant seas. Many well known entertainers play a Gallagher guitar. And, the latest creation - this company is making custom ukuleles. Please call ahead before driving long distances - an appointment is recommended.

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. 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. This trail weaves through Southern Middle Tennessee featuring the burial place of “Strolling Jim” - the first World Grand Champion of The Celebration (buried on the grounds of the Walking Horse Hotel - Wartrace). Several trail events are held throughout the year.
The Dixie Flyer
98 East Main St
Wartrace, 37183
A hotspot for trains big and small located next to the CSX railroad mainline and featuring operating HO, N and Lionel O gauge electric trains, accessories, railroadiana, artwork, books, toys, and much more. Covered train viewing deck, picnic table, and a staff of helpful modelers and rail fans at your service. Open Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1p.m. - 5 p.m.


Jaebird's Cafe
103 Main Street
Wartrace, 37183
This cafe is open for breakfast as well as lunch. Offering a great variety of several meats and vegetables, you will not go away hungry. Enjoy the ambience of the restaurant as it is decorated with lots of nostalgic items. This is definitely a Southern restaurant - and, if you like fried pickles - order a basket! A fun restaurant in a small railroad town.


Wartrace Chamber
of Commerce

Wartrace, 37183

(near Shelbyville)



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.

(Nashville Area)



  Allstar Fence and Deck
112 Zoe Ct
Murfreesboro, 37129
(615) 635-8040
  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. This artist is available for conducting workshops for aspiring artists. Her art work is featured in The Urban Plantation Restaurant located on Hwy 231 in Shelbyville. Call for an appointment or to learn more about her services.


(Heading West -Toward Memphis)




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.
Tennessee's Backroads Heritage
P. O. Box 52, Tullahoma, TN 37388 - 615-613-5627