Tennessee's Backroads
A Southern Middle Tennessee Journey

NEIGHBORS (Near Shelbyville)

miller grocery truck Miller’s Grocery – A Country Café
7011 Main St
Christiana, 37037

Known for outstanding food featuring chicken, catfish, bbq ribs and outstanding vegetables and salads. Featuring down-home cooking and fabulous desserts in an atmospheric old country store. Live music on weekends. Catering available. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed on Monday. Check website for specific times.

deck Allstar Fence and Deck
112 Zoe Ct
Murfreesboro, 37129

Fences of all kinds - farm, privacy, aluminum, picket, etc.; decks and other outdoor structures - pergolas, screened in rooms, patio covers. Visit the website for photos and more detailed information or email info@allstarfence615.com

pottery Stones River Craft Association
P O Box 11566
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Art Studio Tour has given visitors a glimpse into the working studios of local artisans since 1993. This organization represents the best of the finest artisans in the Stones River area showcasing forged iron, pottery, stained glass, weaving, woodworking, fine jewelry, painting and functional home accessories.

NEIGHBORS (Nashville and Surrounding Area)

darlene doing a portrait Portraits by Darlene Shadden
Nashville, TN 37221

This portrait artist has received various local and national awards. Available for commission work, special events – if you are lucky you can watch her “in action” at select festivals and area events. A true performing artist and talented beyond belief, she paints pastels, oils, acrylics, charcoals and is available for conducting workshops for aspiring artists. Call for an appointment or to learn more about her services.

clement railorad hotel museum sign

Clement Railroad Hotel Museum
100 Frank Clement Place
Dickson, 37055

The Hotel Halbrook, home of the Clement Railroad Hotel Museum, was constructed in 1913 and is one of the few remaining examples of a railroad hotel in a small Tennessee town. It functioned as a working man’s hotel until 1954 and reopened to the public once again in June, 2009. The Museum explores the history and heritage of Dickson County, the Western Highland Rim and the State of Tennessee through exhibits and collections relating to the railroad, iron ore industry, commerce, the Civil War, settlement, and the accomplishments of Tennessee Governor Frank G. Clement. This museum serves to educate the community and tourists with tours being offered. The venue is available for rental. Closed on Sunday, Monday and major holidays. There is an admission charge for the tour. While visiting, check out the gift shop and special exhibits.

NEIGHBORS (Heading West - Toward Memphis)

pearl jewelry

pearl state gem
Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Museum, Farm and Jewelry Showroom
(Located at Birdsong Resort & Marina)
255 Marina Rd
Camden, 38320

Witness a remarkable iridescent product of nature as it emerges from the indigenous Washboard mussel. Tennessee’s Official State Gem – the freshwater pearl - is rarely found naturally from these living animals, but grown at the only freshwater pearl-culturing farm operation in the North American continent. The organic gem stone-culturing operation is nestled in the pristine embayment of Birdsong Creek – just off the scenic Tennessee River’s beautiful Kentucky Lake – in Camden, West Tennessee, 9 miles north of Interstate 40 at Exit 133/Birdsong Exit. The Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Museum, Farm, Tour and Jewelry Showroom is located at Birdsong Resort and Marina. Tour packages available. For more information, email bob@birdsong.com.