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Whether you’re looking for adventure, history or live music you’ll find it in Maury County, Tennessee.
James K. Polk Home
Tour the home of the 11th President of the United States, James K. Polk. Built by his father in 1816 this historic home was the first brick residence in Columbia and has been restored to give visitors a glimpse into the past.
Open for tours daily. Call or visit the web site for more information.
Hours of Operation:
April-October: Monday-Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM; Sunday 1-5.
November-March: Monday-Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM; Sunday 1-5.
Closed January 1st, Thanksgiving Day, December 24th & 25th.
301 W 7th St. Columbia, TN 38401
Located in the heart of Spring Hill, Tennessee just minutes from Columbia, Rippavilla and the Cheairs family have been part of the Spring Hill and Maury County story since the early 1800’s. The Greek Revival-style home that stands today was built in the mid-1850’s by Nat Cheairs, who served as a major in the 3rd Tennessee Infantry during the Civil War. He and his wife, Susan, were one of the wealthiest families in the region, along with families like the Thompsons and the Polks. Large numbers of enslaved people and substantial agricultural production were the bedrock of farms like Rippavilla. During the war, the Battle of Spring Hill unfolded across the property on November 29, 1864.
Open Monday-Saturday 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday 11 am – 5 pm 5700 Main Street (Highway 31), Spring Hill, TN 37174
Built circa 1835 for Samuel Polk Walker, nephew of President Polk. The home was acquired by the Reverend Frank Gillette Smith and became a private school for girls. The Historic Athenaeum in Columbia, Tennessee is all that remains of two famous girl schools that flourished in the area from the 1830’s until the Great Depression. The same family occupied the home for over 130 years. This historical site is now open for tours and available as a venue for your special event. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 to 4 by appointment. Call or visit the website for more information.
808 Athenaeum Street, Columbia, TN38402
Historic Elm Springs is a Greek revival mansion built in 1837 by Maury County’s master builder, Nathan Vaught. 14-room house detailed from the period. Brand new National Confederate Museum with one of a kind items in gift shop. Home and musuem are open Monday through Friday, 9 to 5. Call for more information.
2357 Park Plus Drive, Columbia, TN 38401
(931) 380-1844 visitelmsprings.com
Rattle & Snap Plantation
Rattle & Snap Planation is one of the grandest examples of Greek Revival residential architecture in the country. This magnificent estate was built for George Polk, a son of William Polk, who named the property Rattle & Snap after having won the land from the governor of North Carolina in a game of rattle and snap. Four of Polk’s sons built substantial homes on the original track of 5,648 acres. Where the Polk son’s properties joined, the brothers built St. John’s Episcopal Church. Tours are by reservation only. Group Tours can be arranged by the Visitors Bureau.
1522 North Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, TN 38474 rattleandsnapplantation.com
Mt Pleasant – Maury County Museum of Local History
Rediscover the history of the “Phosphate Capital of the World” in Mt. Pleasant. This small town of 466 in 1880 boomed to 2007 by 1900. Preserving the Past, Living in the Present, while Teaching Future generations the importance of Knowing their own History. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 to 4:30. Call for more information.
108 Public Square, Mt. Pleasant, TN 38474
(931) 379-9511 mtpleasantmuseum.com
Greenwood Cemetery is the city of Columbia’s original burial ground. It was created on November 14, 1809, on the northern edge of a bluff over looking the Duck River as the place of burial for the citizens of Columbia. If you walk thru the cemetery you will recognize names like members of President Polk’s family and soldiers dating back to the Revolutionary war are buried here.
North Garden Street, Columbia, TN 38401
Pop Geers Memorial Park
Pop Geers Memorial Park in 1926, this quaint memorial park with a 45-foot granite monument was dedicated in memory of Tennessee’s most famous harness racer, Edward “Pop” Geers. You can walk up to the monument.
West 7th Street, Columbia, TN 38401
Rosemount Cemetery was established in 1873, serves as a focal point for Maury County’s African American history and the final resting place for many of Columbia’s prominent black citizens and heroes, including members of the United States Colored Troops as well as Dr. J.C. Halfacre, a physician who served as a city alderman, and Isaiah Gholston, a builder and a minister who constructed the Gholston Methodist Church.
Graham Street, Columbia, TN 38401
St John’s Episcopal Church
St. John’s Episcopal Church was built by Leonidas Polk, Missionary Bishop of Southwest, and his three brothers, George, Lucius and Rufus. These cousins of President James K. Polk divided a grant received from their father, Col. William Polk of North Carolina. This is one of the few surviving brick plantation churches remaining in America. In your stroll thru the graveyard here you will find the names of prominent Episcopal leaders as well as Confederate generals.
6497 Trotwood Ave, Columbia, TN 38401
Civil War Trail, St. John’s Church, historic cemeteries…
For more historic sites contact our friendly staff at the Visitors Center in Downtown Columbia. Hours: Monday – Friday 8AM–4PM
302 W 7th St, Columbia, TN 38401
Puckett’s has built a name on hosting live, local musical acts and serving Southern staples. Authentic comfort food classics, like the meat & 3 specials. Known for famous slow-smoked BBQ, in a laid-back and friendly atmsophere. A community kitchen with live pickin’ performances just a few feet from your seat.
15 Public Square, Columbia, TN 38401
The Mulehouse is a brand new 55,000 – square foot music and entertainment venue located in downtown Columbia, Tennessee. What makes this venue so unique is how Blair Garner restored the walls of a local historic church even keeping the stain glass windows turning the space into a world class entertainment venue. Visit their website for upcoming events or reserve The Mulehouse for your big event; wedding; reception and more.
812 South High Street, Columbia, TN 38401
Hardison Mill Homestead Hall
The Hall at Hardison Mill Homestead began in 2005 as a 40′ x 70′ barn where Joey and Rory Feek first stored mowers and tractors, then it became a sound stage to film their weekly tv show, then mulitple television specials, and ultimately the concert and private venue and soundstage that it is now. A farm2concert and private event venue in Columbia, Tennessee. An intimate performance venue that seats 300. Visit website to purchase tickets and see scheduled concerts.
4544 Highway 432, Columbia, TN 38401
The coolest vinyl shop around offers live music from bands near and far. Check their site for upcoming events:
24 Public Square, Columbia, TN 38401
Local Wineries and Craft Breweries
Our wineries are known for their award winning vintages. Our breweries are known for their high quality craft brews. All of them are a destination for relaxing in a beautiful setting listening to various music from bluegrass, zydeco, americana, jazz or you just never know what you will experience. Check their schedules online:
Amber Falls Winery and Cellars
794 Ridgetop Rd, Hampshire, TN 38461
Asgard Brewing Company
104 E 5th Street, Columbia, TN 38401
Bad Idea Brewing Company
307 W. 11th Street #6, Columbia, TN 38401
511 N. Main Street, Columbia, TN 38401
Keg Springs Winery
361 Keg Spring Rd, Hampshire, TN 38461
Natchez Hills Vinyard
109 Overhead Bridge Rd, Hampshire, TN 38461
Pickers Creek Winery
1986 New Columbia Hwy, Lewisburg, TN 37091
Taps Off Main
100 W. 7th Street, Columbia, TN 38401
616 N. Main Street, Columbia, TN 38401
Tenn Pin Alley
Fun for the whole family at Tenn Pin Alley includes our newly renovated Bowling Alley with Laser Tag and a Redemption Arcade.
Kayak the Duck River
The Duck River flows through Maury County much as it did when our ancestors travelled it and is the most biologically diverse river in North America. Unlike many area rivers, the Duck is deep and quick flowing enough for experienced paddlers, but easily managed by beginners. Bring your own boat or rent one here.
River Rat Canoe Rental
Maury County is fortunate to have an abundance of beautiful trails and parks with waterfalls, caves, walking, biking and hiking paths.
Cheeks Bend Bluff – 2 mile trail with bluff vistas, caves overlooking the Duck River
Sowell Mill Pike, Columbia, TN 38401
Chickasaw Trace Park – 300 acres along the Duck River with 8.5 miles of mountain bike and hiking trails
Santa Fe Pike, Columbia, TN 38401
Stillhouse Hollow Falls – 75′ waterfall only 2/3 mile hike from parking area
Hwy 43, Summertown, TN
City of Columbia Parks & Recreation
Maury County Parks and Recreation Department
Whether you are seeking the challenge of a 400-plus mile trek on the Natchez Trace Parkway that runs from Maury County to Natchez, Mississippi or want to take an afternoon ride through our scenic backroads, you will experience rolling hills and natural beauty that Tennessee is famous for. The Chickasaw Trace Park, an 8.5 mile mountain bike and hiking trail, is beautifully located on 300 acres of the Duck River and Knob Creek.
Chickasaw Trace Park
Santa Fe Pike, Columbia, TN 38401
Columbia Cycling Club
1116 West 7th Street, PMB 127, Columbia, TN 38401
The Duck River and Williamsport Lakes Management Area offers the angler many opportunities for success. Call for information on fishing seasons and regulations:
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
(615)781-6500 or toll free license information 1-800-648-8798
Williamsport Lakes Concession
Ted’s Sporting Goods
806 South Main Street, Columbia, TN 38401
Golf, hunting, skeet shooting, spelunking and more…
For more historic sites contact our friendly staff at the Visitors Center in Downtown Columbia. Hours: Wednesday – Friday 8AM–4PM
302 W 7th St, Columbia, TN 38401
Maury County is pleased to be a part of the South Central Tennessee GeoTour that includes 13 counties in South/Middle Tennessee! Geocaching is a free, real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online. You will find the caches hidden at historic sites, our parks and business partners in the area. Enjoy the beautiful backroads of Maury County while having an adventure! For more information on the South Central Tennessee GeoTour please visit www.sctta.net/geotours/south-central-tn-geotour.