When my aunt was visiting we created a list of “choose your own adventure” ideas for her to pick from. As we worked on the list, Angie and I thought other folks might like to join in the fun as well (and by other folks, I mean us too – we haven’t done all of these yet ourselves!) So, if you find yourself in Middle TN or Southern KY and want a cheap family outing or date day idea, help yourself to one of these.
1) 8-Sided History
Visit the famous Octagon Hall in Franklin, KY, a Civil War Era home that is unique for it’s shape, history, and hauntings. Stop for lunch at another architectural landmark – the historic Gossett House in Portland TN, home to 5 Chefs restaurant.
Octagon Hall is open Wednesday through Saturday, 9 AM – 11 AM & 1 PM – 3:30 PM
5 Chefs is open daily (except Sundays) from 11 AM – 2 PM for lunch and Thursday through Saturday from 6 AM – 10 AM for breakfast.
2) Amish for a Day
Take a scenic drive up to beautiful Scottsville, KY to visit Habegger’s Amish Market, where you can enjoy a delicious (and humongous) deli-style lunch and shop for homemade treats. Be sure to pick up a fried pie. You won’t be disappointed.
Habeggar’s is open daily (except Sundays) from 8 AM – 5 PM (4 PM on Saturday and Monday). For more details and other nearby attractions, see our post: Aunt Annie in Amish Country
3) Two Tickets to Paradise (Point)
Visit one of (Scottsville) Kentucky’s coolest “junk” stores where you can snap lots of fun selfies before biting into one of the “best hot dogs on the planet”. After lunch, get your Civil War groove on with a quick stop at Fort Williams.
Open hours vary seasonally at Paradise Point so be sure to check their website: http://paradisepointky.com/. Fort Williams is open daily sunrise to sunset.
4) Local Love
Learn about the history of Sumner County with a trip to the Sumner County Museum. Be sure to stop by Swaney Swifts on the Gallatin Square for lunch or dinner. This historic building was once a drug store, complete with a lunch counter. And don’t forget to save room for ice cream! The shakes at Swaney’s can’t be beat. You can even walk off those extra calories by visiting the many unique shops along the Square.
The Sumner County Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 10 AM – 4 PM and Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM. Swaney Swift’s is open daily from 11 AM – 8 PM (9 PM on weekends).
5) Where’s the Beef?
Enjoy a juicy pasture-raised burger right off the grill at Breeden’s Orchard while you shop for seasonal delights from the farm – like peaches, apples, apple cider, apple cider donuts, and more! Breeden’s Orchard also hosts story time for the little ones and live music on select dates.
Breeden’s Orchard’s open hours vary seasonally (and cookouts are only held on select weekends) so be sure to check out their website at https://breedensorchard.com/.
6) Celebrity Cemetery Tour
Sumner County is the burial site for many famous folks, including Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, and more. A quick Google search can give you more detailed directions but a great place to start is Hendersonville Memory Gardens or Sumner Memorial Gardens.