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Cellar 53 Winery 615-934-3353
http://www.cellar53winery.com/
115 Oak View Dr. E.
Brush Creek , TN

River's Edge Antiques & Home Furnishings 615-489-0670

  River’s Edge Antiques & Home Furnishings have a wide variety of offerings in-house as well as several consignment vendors in the building. You are invited to come by and look for that “treasure” you have been trying to find.  

224 Main St. N.
Carthage

Sheila's Main Street Florist
Sheila's Main Street Florist (615) 735-9933

Sheila's Main Street Florist has proudly been serving the area since 1988 with a lovely variety of fresh flowers and creative gift ideas to suit any style or budget. They provide online shopping experience with secure 24-hour ordering, or customers can place orders directly by phone at (615) 735-9933.

http://www.carthageflowerstn.com/
902 Main Street
North Carthage , TN

The Candy Bar 615-489-9244

 The Candy Bar offers a variety of sweets, starting with coffee and pastries in the morning, to ice cream, malts, shakes, sundaes, nostalgic candy, specialty sodas, sno-cones, popcorn, cotton candy, and hand-dipped ice cream.  They offer a selection of candy gift arrangements  reflecting the creative genius of designer Tina Jenkins, who can also create a custom arrangement for your special occasion.  

   https://www.facebook.com/thecandybartn/

https://www.thecandybartn.com/
315 Main Street N.
Carthage , TN

Wish 86 615-418-5902

 Wish86 features the same trends we love from Van Loos along with new shopping opportunities as well. They will offer clothing for all ages, gifts, event planning, personalization, accessories, décor, and so much more! The boutique is nestled just across the street from the Historic  Smith County Courthouse at 110 3rd Avenue West in Carthage. The décor itself is something to see with its vintage flair and touch of southern elegance. Follow us on instagram @WISH86TN

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1618650911762692/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1618650911762692/
110 3rd Avenue West
Carthage , TN

Historic Attractions

Battery Knob Earthworks

Union Gen. George Crook and his infantry brigade occupied Carthage in March 1863. To protect the garrison, defend the town, and secure the Cumberland River crossing for troops and supplies, he constructed a small fortification here for an artillery battery. Crook described the works in a letter to Gen. James A. Garfield on April 2, 1863: “The battery commands all the ground from the town to right of the Gallatin Pike.”  Also known as Battry Hill, this privately owned site was added to the Natinoal Register of Historic Places in 2003.

http://cw.tnvacation.com/civil-war
570 Carthage Bypass
Carthage , TN

Captain James Bradley House

Known as Oaklawn, this was the home of Captain JAmes Bradley, a Revolutionary War and War of 1812 veteran, in Dixon Springs. The interior of the house contains most of its orginial details.

Carthage United Methodist Church (615) 735-0343

Carthage United Methodist Church is a religious structure completed in 1889. It’s known for its Gothic Revival architecture style. The building was put on the National Register of Historical Places in 1985 for its architectural signifigance.

http://www.carthageumc.com
609 Main Street
Carthage , TN

Cordell Hull Bridge

The construction of the Cordell Hull Bridge began in 1934 and the bridge opened to traffic in May of 1936.  It’s named for Nobel Peace prize winner and former U. S. Secretary of State, Cordell Hull.  The bridge closed to traffic in 2007. It underwent major rehabilitation in 2010 and re-opened for traffic in  July 2014. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since November 2009.

939 Upper Ferry Road
Carthage , TN

Cullum Mansion
Cullum Mansion (615) 735-2093

William Cullum began laying the foundation for his hilltop mansion in 1848, using slave labor and hand-fired brick. The Greek Rivival style empahsizes a simple, yet bold design, which is reflected in the cluster of Doric columns on the front porch. An elegant spiral staircase is said to have been orginally designed for Andrew jackson's Hermitage. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since January 1983. This private residence is not open to the public.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cullum_Mansion
609 Cullum Street
Carthage , TN

Davis-Hull House
Davis-Hull House

Also known as the Captain Calvin N. Davis House. The house was built by merchant and former Confederate Army Captain, Calvin Davis in 1889. It is designed in the Victorian architectural style. William Hull (the father of U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull) purchased the home from the then owner in 1906. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davis-Hull_House
1004 N. Main Street
Carthage , TN

Dixon Springs District
Dixon Springs District

Dixon Springs is an unincorporated community in Smith County. Dixon Springs was settled prior to 1787 by its namesake, Tilman Dixon, Revolutionary War soldier. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975.

Dixona
Dixona

Dixona (1787-1789) is older than the State of Tennessee(1796). Also known as the Tilman Dixon House. Dixona, the 18th-century house of Captain Tilman Dixon, a Revolutionary War veteran who settled in the area in the 1780s. This house was used as a temporary courthouse for Smith County in 1799. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dixona
1004 Dixon Springs Hwy
Dixon Springs , TN

Fite-Williams-Ligon House
Fite-Williams-Ligon House

Italianate architecture style. On the National Register of Historic Places.

212 Fite Avenue West
Carthage , TN

Fortified Town at the Mouth of Dixon Creek-Beasley Mounds

Also known as Beasley Mounds, was a large village area with one large platform mound 8 feet (2.4 m) in height and 125 feet (38 m) in diameter and three smaller ones. Excavations at the site in 1895 produced stone pipes, stone discoidals used for the Native American game of “chunkey” and numerous examples of Mississippian culture pottery. This location is listed the National Register of Historic Places.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beasley_Mounds_Site
207 Fite Ave W
Carthage , TN

Historic Smith County Courthouse (615) 735-2093

The Carthage historic courthouse square was the control center of a major Federal base from 1863 to 1865 in the fight to control the Upper Cumberland River region. When Union Gen. George Crook arrived in Carthage to stay in 1863, he commandeered the then existing courthouse for his headquarters. The current structure was constructed in 1877. This two-story brick, building is recognized for its Second Empire architecture style and is covered with a Mansard roof and crowned by the traditional courthouse cupola, also rendered in the same sytle. It is one of only two such buildings in Tennessee buit in the Second Empire sytle. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in April 1979.

James Bradley House
James Bradley House

The James Bradley House (Architecture, Engineering) known for Federal style of architecture, time period1800-1824. On the National Register of Historic Places.

Rome Ferry
Rome Ferry

After Union Gen. Ebenezer Dumont’s troops surprised Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s command at Lebanon on May 5, 1862, Morgan’s men escaped north and rushed toward the Cumberland River. Hotly pursued, the Confederates succeeded in reaching Rome first. Luckily for them, they found the ferry was anchored on their side of the Cumberland River. In their haste to escape, they left many horses behind, including Morgan’s favorite mount, Black Bess. Dumont was pleased with his victory in Lebanon but disappointed that Morgan and his troops escaped.

750 Lebanon Hwy
Carthage , TN

Smith County Chamber of Commerce (615) 735-2093
Smith County Courthouse
Smith County Courthouse (615) 735-2093

Carthage’s historic courthouse square was the control center of a major Federal base from 1863 to 1865 in the fight to control the Upper Cumberland River region. When Union Gen. George Crook arrived in Carthage to stay in 1863, he commandeered the courthouse for his headquarters. This building is recognized for its Second Empire architecture style.

Smith County Heritage Museum (615) 735-1104

The Mission of the Smith County Heritage Museum is to foster an appreciation for the the rich history of Smith County, Its land, people, and industry. The Smith County Heritage Museum contains fascinating exhibits on the history of Smith County and the Middle Tennessee area, from prehistoric to early Native American artifacts. The museum also displays information on the traditional local farming history and Smith County’s role during the Civil War, as well as, famous Tennesseans, such as Al Gore, Cordell Hull, and DeFord Bailey.

Hours of Business:

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am - 2pm

The Walton Hotel
The Walton Hotel (615) 735-9292

The Walton Hotel, built in 1904, is located in the heart of historic Carthage, Tennessee. The hotel offers modern conveniences to its guests, yet has kept its historic charm intact.

Parks and Recreation

Bonnell Park

Caney Fork River Map with Mile Markers and Take Out Points 615-735-2093
Carthage City Pool
Carthage City Pool (615) 588-1656

Carthage City Pool is an outdoor swimming pool open to the public during summer months. Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm. Also, the pool is available for party rentals after hours.

Defeated Creek Park
Defeated Creek Park (615) 774-3141, or call toll free (877) 444-6777

Defeated Creek Park sits along the banks of Cordell Hull Lake on the Cumberland River System, just seven miles from Carthage, Tennessee. Miles of hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails surround the lake.  Hiking trails in the area include the Turkey Creek Nature Trail and Bear Wheels Trail, and the 6-mile Bearwaller Gap Trail that has a trailhead within the campground area. The Defeated Creek campground and marina are adjacent to park. Also, the park offers playgrounds and pinic areas equipped with tables, grills, and restroom facilities. Many visitors come to enjoy fishing, boating, water skiing and jet skiing. The marina's boat ramps provide easy lake access for water activites.

Ivy Agee Memorial Park
Hwy 141 Main St
Gordsonsville , TN

Ivy Agee Park
Main St.
Gordonsville , TN

Kidz Central Playground (615) 735-2294

Kidz Central Playground offers a large playground area for kids, a walking track, and a picnic area.

Lock 7
Lock 7 Recreation Area (615) 735-1040

Lock Seven was constructed in the early 20th century located on river mile 299.7, near Carthage.  The remains of Lock Seven is leased to Smith County, and can be visited today as a recreation area.

Smith County Fitness Center (615) 735-2735

Health facility specializing on exercise and physical fitness programs.

 

 Click to open Smith County Fitness Center

https://www.facebook.com/SmithCoFitness/
131 Pauline Gore Way
South Carthage , TN

Soccer Fields at Crump Paris Park

Camps, Marinas and Trails

Bearwaller Gap Hiking Trail

Bearwaller Gap Hiking Trail is a 11.2 mile out and back trail located near Carthage, Tennessee that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

The Bearwaller Gap trail is located between the Scenic Overlook (Tater Knobb) and the parking lot at the Picnic Shelter at Defeated Creek Campground.

140 Marina Lane
Carthage , TN

center hill campgrounds
Center Hill Campgrounds (931) 858-1551
F. (800) 747-2745

Center Hill Campground is just minutes away from the north end of beautiful Center Hill Lake, in Silver Point, Tennessee. Just one hour east of Nashville, and two hours north of Chattanooga, this small, privately-owned campground has the most full-hookup sites in the area, and primitive camping is available for less than $9.00/night. Unlike many other campgrounds, there is no limit on the length of your stay.

http://centerhillcampground.com
1581 Wolf Creek Rd
Silver Point , TN

Cordell Hull Lake Fishing and Recreation
Cordell Hull Lake Fishing and Recreation (615) 735-1034

Visitors to Cordell Hull Lake enjoy a wide variety of recreational activities. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, under license to the Corps, administers an intensive wildlife management program at the lake.

Cordell Hull Lake Horse Trail (931) 864-3247

These equestrian trails are part of the many diversified activities offered at Cordell Hull Lake to help you enjoy the various resources found in the area. The trails were designated National Recreation Trails in 1981 by the Secretary of the Interior. They are part of the National Trails System established to provide quality trail experiences for outdoor recreationists.

Byrdstown , TN

Defeated Creek Campground
Defeated Creek Campground (615) 774-3141

Defeated Creek Campground has 155 sites with electric and water hookups, 63 sites have sewer hookups. Also: Six-mile Bearwaller Gap Trail. Bike trail, hot showers, swimming beach, boat ramp, playground, marina, and two picnic shelters.

Defeated Creek Marina (615) 774-3131

Located on beautiful Cordell Hull Lake, approximately an hour from Nashville. Cordell Hull Lake is 64 miles long with over 300 miles of shoreline, offering all types of water sports activity. Defeated Creek Marina offers a laidback and relaxed atmosphere, with fantastic fishing and spectacular scenery. There is nothing "defeated" about this quaint, well-maintained, clean, and friendly area.

Defeated Walking Trail (615) 774-3141

Miles of hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails surround the lake. The 6-mile Bearwaller Gap Trail has a trailhead within the campground. Other trails in the area include the Turkey Creek Nature Trail and Bear Wheels Trail.

140 Marina Lane
Carthage , TN

Granville Marina (931) 653-4360

Granville Marina is a quiet and serene getaway. Cabins, campground, fishing and boating are available year round.

South Carthage Rails to Trails Walking Trail

The Rails to Trails 2010 is a joint venture between the Town of South Carthage, Smith County Government and the 2006 Leadership Opportunity Smith County.  It follows the former Carthage Branch of the Tennessee Central Railroad, built in 1888, and offers scenic views. The path is wide and paved with an easy grade. 

Turkey Creek Nature Trail (615) 735-1034
71 Corps Lane
Carthage , TN

Shopping

Cellar 53 Winery 615-934-3353
http://www.cellar53winery.com/
115 Oak View Dr. E.
Brush Creek , TN

River's Edge Antiques & Home Furnishings 615-489-0670

  River’s Edge Antiques & Home Furnishings have a wide variety of offerings in-house as well as several consignment vendors in the building. You are invited to come by and look for that “treasure” you have been trying to find.  

224 Main St. N.
Carthage

Sheila's Main Street Florist
Sheila's Main Street Florist (615) 735-9933

Sheila's Main Street Florist has proudly been serving the area since 1988 with a lovely variety of fresh flowers and creative gift ideas to suit any style or budget. They provide online shopping experience with secure 24-hour ordering, or customers can place orders directly by phone at (615) 735-9933.

http://www.carthageflowerstn.com/
902 Main Street
North Carthage , TN

The Candy Bar 615-489-9244

 The Candy Bar offers a variety of sweets, starting with coffee and pastries in the morning, to ice cream, malts, shakes, sundaes, nostalgic candy, specialty sodas, sno-cones, popcorn, cotton candy, and hand-dipped ice cream.  They offer a selection of candy gift arrangements  reflecting the creative genius of designer Tina Jenkins, who can also create a custom arrangement for your special occasion.  

   https://www.facebook.com/thecandybartn/

https://www.thecandybartn.com/
315 Main Street N.
Carthage , TN

Wish 86 615-418-5902

 Wish86 features the same trends we love from Van Loos along with new shopping opportunities as well. They will offer clothing for all ages, gifts, event planning, personalization, accessories, décor, and so much more! The boutique is nestled just across the street from the Historic  Smith County Courthouse at 110 3rd Avenue West in Carthage. The décor itself is something to see with its vintage flair and touch of southern elegance. Follow us on instagram @WISH86TN

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1618650911762692/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1618650911762692/
110 3rd Avenue West
Carthage , TN