Bell Buckle… Quaint, Cute and Cozy

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Took a drive this week and happened to see a sign that said we were about to enter Historic Bell Buckle, Tennessee. I have heard about it but have never been and was so glad I took the opportunity to stop. We had our dogs with us so we were not able to spend time visiting the shops, but I cannot wait to take a day and spend some time in this adorable town. I want to share some tidbits with you about Bell Buckle- along with some pictures I took of the downtown.

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When was the last time you have had an RC Cola and a Moon Pie? It has been awhile for me too. In Bell Buckle you can get both- plus a lot more!

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Bell Buckle is a town in Bedford CountyTennessee, United States. The population was 500 at the 2010 census.[3] The downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Bell Buckle Historic District.

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The origin of the town’s unusual name is not known. According to the local chamber of commerce, one story says that one of the first white men to travel through the area found a tree with carvings of a cowbell and a buckle, possibly carved by Indians to warn white settlers away, or possibly carved by surveyors to mark the area as good pasture. Another form of the legend holds that a bell and buckle were tied around a tree. In any case, the nearby creek was named Bell Buckle Creek, and the town later took the name of the creek.[8]

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The Bell Buckle area was settled in the early 19th century. A bustling town grew up after the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad came through the area in 1852. A railroad depot was built in 1853, and the town was incorporated in 1856. Bell Buckle had its period of greatest prosperity after about 1870, becoming the major stockyard between Nashville and Chattanooga and growing to a population of more than 1,000.[8]

On January 11, 1975, on Hee HawMolly Bee saluted her home town of Bell Buckle, population 393.[9]

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Bell Buckle is noted for the many preserved and restored Victorian homes, shops, and churches located in and around downtown. Bell Buckle is a center for antiquesquilts, and various handmade crafts.

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The town hosts two yearly festivals: the RC Cola & Moon Pie festival[10] and the Webb School Arts & Crafts Fair.

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As a member of Tennessee Backroads, Bell Buckle has the distinction of being the smallest town in Tennessee to be a Tree City USA. Bell Buckle is the home of The Webb School (which relocated from Culleoka in 1886), and a college preparatory boarding and day school which plays an integral part in the ambience of the town.

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I cannot wait to spend a lazy afternoon wandering from shop to shop, eating a Moon Pie and drinking an RC Cola, then getting some homemade ice cream and sitting on a bench and enjoying the moment.

I saw this sign hanging outside of one of the shops and felt it was perfect to share with you! Visit Bell Buckle when you have the chance. Take your child, your parents, your grandchildren, your spouse, your best friend, your siblings, and enjoy the time together, share memories, and look forward to your next visit… together.

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Until next time…

I hope you spend every day, living, learning, laughing and loving life…while focused on Nashville and the great state of Tennessee!

My best to you,

  • Terri

    *All photos in my blog, ‘Focused On Nashville’ are images I have taken. I hope you like them!