Tennessee's Backroads
A Southern Middle Tennessee Journey

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Overnight Accommodations

Falls Mill
134 Falls Mill Rd
Belvidere, 37306

Guests who would like to stay overnight may call to reserve this cozy 1895 log cabin, fully furnished with all the comforts of home. The first floor has a queen size sleeper sofa, wood burning fireplace, and satellite TV with DVD player and Wi-Fi. The decor features pine floors, glider rockers and handmade quilts on the beds. Smoking and pets are not permitted in the cabin. The second-floor loft has a queen bed, a single bed, and the bathroom has a small shower. Firewood is provided in the cooler months. The cabin has electric heat and is air-conditioned for your comfort. Renters must be at least 21 years old. Advance reservations are required. Staying on the Falls Mills property offers a special lodging experience where guests will enjoy relaxing surroundings.


Fun Things to See and Do…

Cowan Center for the Arts
301 Montgomery St
Cowan, 37318

Cowan Center for the Arts is a beautifully restored event venue perfect for family reunions, civic meetings, weddings and receptions, bridal and baby showers or concerts, plays or dinner theater shows.

Cowan Railroad Museum
108 Front St
P O Box 53 (Mailing Address)
Cowan, 37318
Cowan Railroad Museum represents the powerful history
of transportation and industry in Tennessee’s South Cumberland region. Housed in the old Cowan Depot, the museum is Tennessee’s second official state railroad museum and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The busy mainline railroad through Cowan started construction in 1849 and features the noteworthy Cumberland Mountain Tunnel. Cowan was also a terminus for the famous Mountain Goat line that extended through Sewanee and into the coal fields of Grundy County. At the time of construction, the Mountain Goat was the steepest railroad in the world. The railroad helped lead the area’s industrial revolution by attracting a steel mill, logging operation, tourism, and a university.

The museum features a diverse collection of railroad photos, tools, and relics that take you back to the age of steam and steel. Kids and adults will all enjoy a large model railroad designed to represent the area’s landscape and architecture. The museum tour guides have stories to tell, and the gift shop can help you take home memories of this small-town experience. The Museum is located in the historic depot district and is open May through October: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 to 4, and Sunday 1 to 4. Admission is $2/person. For more information log on to www.cowanrailroadmuseum.org.

Monterey Station
104 Monterey St
Cowan, 37318

Monterey Station is a premium event venue boasting open floor space of 18,000 sq ft, a 2,499-person capacity, newly remodeled restrooms, and huge windows for beautiful natural lighting. This is the event venue for large weddings and receptions, corporate banquets, fundraisers, concerts, indoor car shows, expos and marketplaces. Call to book your event today!
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Overnight Accommodations

The Franklin House
Boutique Hotel

108 Cumberland Street East
Cowan, 37318

The Franklin House serves as a boutique hotel located in downtown Cowan and is only steps away from restaurants, specialty shops, and the Cowan Railroad Museum.

The Franklin House features 8 rooms with private baths and one apartment. It was formerly a historic railroad hotel. The hotel’s décor displays fabulous art throughout the hotel and painted by the owner who is an extraordinary artist. All art is for sale. Enjoy live music on the weekends in the adjoining Firefly Gallery.
Short-term and long-term accommodations are now available through Airbnb, VRBO as well as calling the hotel directly or emailing franklinhousecowan@gmail.com.

Area attractions include world famous points of interest – the Jack Daniel Distillery, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Rock City, Ruby Falls, and Lookout Mountain – all less than an hour’s drive. This region offers fishing, hiking, music, sightseeing, special events, and other great opportunities for fun and recreation.

Whether you’re planning a visit to Sewanee or looking for a smalltown getaway, the Franklin House is a great place to stay!

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