Last Monday I shared a post about Blythewood Inn, a wonderful B & B in Columbia, TN.
I’m writing today’s post in plenty of time for you to make your plans to visit Columbia, TN (a.k.a. “Muletown”) this coming Friday night, October 5th, for its monthly First Friday event. Go early to take advantage of the Polk Home and Rippavilla or plan another day soon when the atmosphere will be more relaxed.
- The James K. Polk Home, at 301 W. 7th Street, is historically significant to our knowledge and understanding of the lives and contributions of Presidents of the United States. James K Polk was a short, workaholic who only served one term, but more than 800,000 square miles were added to our territory during those four years. Several buildings who were owned by his family are located on the block, and visitors are treated to a video, a museum, a gift shop and an escorted, narrated tour.
2. Historic Courthouse Square — Take time to find the great murals scattered around town. They are a lot of fun, several adding to the town’s nickname of “Muletown.” Parking is free. If you can’t find a spot right on the square, there are a couple of lots a block away.
Independent bookstores are rare finds in today’s world. Duck River Books has rare books, first editions, walls adorned with autographs of important literary figures, and fun gift items. It is certainly worth a visit.
Square Market Cafe is one of the great eating choices on the square. I loved sitting in one of the outdoor tables, eating freshly prepared food and watching the world go by. After a nice stroll, it was fun to find Hattie Jane’s Creamery and devour one of its cool, sweet treats. You can also choose from a Mexican place, Southern Tre Steakhouse and Puckett’s. There is even a pie shop where you can stop and enjoy a slice on the spot or take one home for supper.
A great time to take in the vibe of Columbia is on First Fridays. You’ll find plenty of live musicians and other vendors, plus most of the stores happily extend their opening hours.
3. Rippavilla Plantation in very nearby Spring Hill was significant in Civil War history. I highly recommend a tour to learn what role it played in that horrible conflict between Americans. Special events are held on the grounds throughout the year, so be sure to check their website. While you’re there, save time to peruse the Gift Shop, too. The GPS address is 5700 Main Street in Spring Hill.
For a fuller article about Columbia, TN, check out the story published last week in the Senior Scene Magazine published by the Athens News-Courier. Here’s the link. My story is on pages 24-25.