Also known as “The Volunteer County in the Volunteer State” thanks to its fervent response to the call for troops during the War of 1982, Sumner County is a study in postcolonial, post-Revolutionary War, and post-Civil War living. The convergence of its colorful history, musical legacy, and rugged vistas is irresistible to anyone with a weakness for Southern charm.
Located 25 miles northeast of Nashville, it covers over 1,406.92 square kilometers of land and water. It’s surrounded by the State of Kentucky, Robertson County, Wilson County, and Davidson County.
The following cities make up Sumner County:
- Gallatin – The county seat
- Hendersonville – The largest city in the county
- White House
A nod to the past
Here you’ll find wonderfully preserved historic homes, several of which are open to the public. The Bowen Plantation House is one such home. Built at around 1787, the estate is comprised of a single dwelling, a stone well, and an outdoor oven.
For a glimpse into the first colonial settlements, visit Bledsoe’s Fort Historic Park. At 80 acres, it features the archeological outline of Bledsoe’s fort, a restored 1790 log cabin, an Irish stone cottage, and the Bledsoe family cemetery.
Prehistoric artifacts, war memorabilia, and items that date back to the county’s pioneering era are on display at Sumner County Museum. The Cold Springs School and Museum is a one-room school that exhibits old books and photographs along with U.S. Bicentennial and Civil War memorabilia.
Picturesque walking trails that go into the forest and along the water give Bledsoe Creek State Park a serene, dream-like atmosphere. The park is perfect for hiking, birding, boating, and fishing. There are over 57 camp sites, picnic facilities that can accommodate as many as 150, and two boat launching ramps.
Old Hickory Lake is a 22,000-acre reservoir that has some of the best fishing spots in Tennessee. Catfish, bass, crappie, and sauger swim in its waters. Boating and wakeboarding enthusiasts will appreciate that there are no horsepower limits here.
Sights, sounds, and flavor
Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift, and Conway Twitty are just some of the music greats that hail from Sumner County. Its proximity to Nashville, or “Music City”, has infused the county with a strong appreciation for good music and live performances. Professional and amateur musicians routinely bring the house down at venues like Authentic Coffee Company, Awedaddys Bar & Grill, and Swaney Swift’s.
The food doesn’t disappoint either. Local diners serve blue plate specials and Southern delicacies like fried catfish, biscuits, burgers, and grits. Restaurants such as Crescent City Po Boys and The Lost Cajun specialize in Cajun and Creole cuisine, while Avanti Gourmet offers Italian crowd pleasers like chicken parmigiana and pasta primavera.
Is Sumner County for you?
Sumner County living is idyllic and laid-back, giving residents a breather from the busy energy of the Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin Metro area. Its small town vibe makes it ideal for families, retirees, young professionals, and students who want to feel a strong sense of community. A broad range of housing options will also benefit anyone who wants to move here.
If you think Sumner County should be your next home, feel free to call (615) 642-6677 or send an email to [email protected]