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Gallatin, TN: What you need to know

Gallatin is located in Sumner County, roughly 20 minutes from Nashville. Old Hickory Lake provides opportunities to fish, swim and go boating. Nearby Bledsoe State Park offers more chances to hike, camp and access the lake. The city’s town square is a gathering point for the community, with a collection of government offices, churches, The Palace Theatre and unique shops and restaurants. Home to Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin’s health care needs are met by the Sumner Regional Health Systems and a collection of local physicians.


Old Hickory Lake is Gallatin’s major outdoor attraction with several access points within the city.  It’s a magnet for boaters and fishermen.  Bledsoe Creek State Park is also located in Gallatin.

Attractions and Festivals

The Historic Palace Theater is the oldest standing silent movie theater in Tennessee,  circa 1913, the Historic Downtown Gallatin proudly presents the completely restored Palace Theatre. This theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and hosts a variety of shows, events, and movies every Friday and Saturday night.

The Main Street Festival is held the first Saturday in October.  Squarefest is held in April each year.

Historic Downtown Gallatin features quaint shops and trendy boutiques. Several major retailers are available within a 15 minute drive.

Cool Companies

Future Vision Energy is an entrepreneurial success story born in Gallatin.  The company provides energy saving consulting services to businesses nationwide and makes it’s money based on the amount it saves its customers.

Health and Wellness

Nearby Sumner Regional Medical Center serves Gallatin residents and the services of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital as well as other Nashville health care centers are within 30 minutes driving distance.

Great Schools

The Great Schools national ratings services gives Union Elementary, a STEM school, a perfect 10.  Gallatin residents may also qualify for Merrol Hyde Magnet School, a K–12 school in Hendersonville, Tennessee adhering to the Paideia philosophy. It is the only magnet school in Sumner County and ranked third in Tennessee and 92nd in the nation.  Visit the Schools Section for more information on Gallatin schools.

Housing and Real Estate

Housing is available for diverse income levels in a variety of settings ranging from apartments to country settings, lakefront property, older homes near the historic district and newer neighborhoods with lifestyle centers. See the Trulia listings on each of Gallatin’s pages.

The Gallatin Restaurant Scene

Campione’s Taste of Chicago serves up authentic Italian beef, sausage, hot dogs and pasta dishes and gets high marks on Yelp, TripAdvisor and Zomato

8 Things to do in Gallatin

A growing Nashville area suburb, Gallatin, TN offers families many amenities, including annual events like the Sumner County Fair, Gallatin Fall Festival and a Christmas Parade. Finding things to do in Gallatin is never difficult no matter what time of the year it is. Here’s a list of some of the best activities in and around Gallatin.

Breathe Fresh Air

Once a prime hunting ground for the Cherokee, Chickamauga and Creek Native American tribes, Bledsoe Creek State Park features 57 campsites, six miles of scenic hiking trails, and a new visitor’s center in the planning phase. Also available to residents and park tourists is Old Hickory Lake, with fishing opportunities and two boat launch ramps.

Say Aaahh

The relaxation techniques of the ancient Greeks and Romans are the inspiration behind Hair & Body Day Spa and Salon, a refresh-and-renew destination in for both women and men. Hair & Body opened in 2007 and offers services like therapeutic massage, hydrotherapy, exfoliation and skin care treatments.

Try Awedaddy’s

Either drive or boat to Gallatin Marina and enjoy fresh seafood dishes at Awedaddy’s Bar & Grill. The popular restaurant is located on a small inlet of Old Hickory Lake and offers beautiful scenery and a variety of menu choices. Awedaddy’s is well known for its Sunday brunch with a personalized Bloody Mary bar.

Hit ‘Em Long and Straight

Welcoming more than 40,000 golfers each year is Long Hollow Golf Course, an 18-hole public venue that plays 6,100 yards with a par of 70. Group and private lessons are available, and a Long Hollow Clubhouse offers several food and beverage options.

Go Back to the 1700s

Serving as the first Sumner County Courthouse from 1787-1790, Douglass-Clark House is restored as a visitors and interpretive center for Gallatin and Sumner County. The stately home on Long Hollow Pike also has Civil War significance because four Clark brothers lived there before enlisting and fighting in the Confederate army.

Aw Shuckles

Gather the kids and treat them to Shuckles Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, a fall destination with attractions like zip lines, corn maze, 40-foot slide, playground, petting zoo and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Shuckles is located at Fiddle Dee Farms and open from late September to early November.

See the Big Picture

The South’s oldest silent movie theater in its original location is Palace Theater, which has been restored and now shows current movies every Friday and Saturday night. The building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is also available for lectures, weddings, concerts and birthday parties.

Bring Your Appetite

More than 700 people enjoy the outdoors and many local food offerings at an annual Taste of Gallatin, which occurs every June at Triple Creek Park Pavilion. In attendance are 35-40 food representatives from restaurants, caterers and supermarkets who showcase their culinary wares for attendees to sample.

Why Gallatin is a Great Place to Live

One of the fastest growing cities in Middle Tennessee, Gallatin has expereinced a 15 percent population increase over the last five years, and yet it’s retained a small community feel. Gallatin’s schools, infrustructure and natural amenities make it one of the best places to live in the Nashville Metro Area. The 35,000 people who live in Gallatin include Mayor Paige Brown, who moved away for awhile and found her way back.

“This is a great time to be in Gallatin with all of our smart growth,” Brown says. “There is an energetic vibe that is attracting everyone from millennials to the senior generation.”

The increase in Gallatin’s population is fueled in large part by the spirited economy, with companies attracted to low tax rates, good roads, an abundance of water and a business-friendly environment. Recent examples of business growth include an expansion at Servpro Industries (a leader in fire, water, mold and other cleanup and restoration services) as well as an announcement by Italian gunmaker Beretta that it will open a firearms manufacturing plant in 2016 to produce weapons for the U.S. military.

“Gap is also adding 600 jobs at its Gallatin warehouse to distribute more apparel for its Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy brands,” Brown says. “The local business sector is doing so well that we launched a website for people to keep up with everything, including job openings.”

Attractive Attractions

For quality of life, Gallatin features 600 acres of parks, a greenway network and access to waterways like Old Hickory Lake and the Cumberland River. Other attractions include a public golf course, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, skate park, dog park, frisbee golf course and several walking/biking trails.

“Regarding education, students are challenged at Sumner County Schools and earn many college scholarships, while higher education needs are met at Volunteer State Community College with its 70 degree programs,” Brown says. “In addition, ground has broken in Gallatin to construct Welch College, a four-year, Christian-based liberal arts college.”

As for the downtown district, Brown points out that an extensive revitalization effort has occurred in recent years, and now the public square offers a healthy mixture of restaurants, retail and services.

“A major streetscape program took place to beautify the district, and today you will see people from all walks of life visiting the restaurants, stores and taverns,” she says. “Speaking of taverns, be sure to sample a BriarScratch microbrew that is made right here in Sumner County.”

The Doctor Will See You

Residents in Gallatin also have convenient access to Sumner Regional Medical Center, a 155-bed hospital with 1,000 employees and 300 physicians. SRMC is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and offers a variety of services.

“One aspect of Gallatin that makes me especially proud is that many people volunteer for causes and projects,” Brown says. “Like I said earlier, it’s a great time to be in this city. For example, big restaurants and retailers are calling us often, which are areas we’ve been lacking for many years. But over the last five years, our economy began to explode – and everything else has followed right in line.”

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