Experience Maury! Eat – Stay – Shop – Play… by Becky Leifheit
We welcome you all to Mule Day in Columbia, TN! Mule Day began in 1840 as a “Breeders Day” when mule breeders would meet in Columbia to trade. It is now the largest event in our area and brings in over 100,000 visitors to enjoy the huge parade, mule shows, southern food and fun! While you are a guest in our county, the Maury County Visitors Bureau would like to invite you to experience all that we have to offer!
Located just 45 miles south of Nashville, Columbia is the county seat and the middle of all the activity in the area. On the historic downtown square you will find centrally located the limestone courthouse that was built in 1905. Around the square you will discover many unique shops such as the Duck River Books and the vinyl record shop, Variety Records. Muletown Coffee serves up the best lattes and fresh pastries in a fun atmosphere. If you are looking for interesting clothing boutiques Fashion House Boutique, Oak and Lace and Lily Jane has what you are looking for. Bleu 32, a vintage market, has 32 vendors that display everything from jewelry to handmade signs. The Faded Farmhouse is on Sixth Street and specializes in natural, vintage inspired products.
After all of this shopping you are going to work up an appetite! No worries, there are so many choices in the downtown area to fill that hunger. Square Market Cafe has been serving its customers for 16 years – they are known for their chicken salad and delicious soups. The Mercantile is the new kid on the block and features made to order deli sandwiches and salads. Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant has the best BBQ and fried chicken and offers live music on the weekend. Right off the square is 822 South where Marco will be happy to fix you up a delicious burger like the Lucille topped off with an onion ring, bacon and pimento cheese! Christy’s on Sixth Street has the best buffet filled with homemade delights.
Just southwest of Columbia is the Mayberry- like town of Mount Pleasant. Here you will find the Mt Pleasant Grille with its soda fountain and 50’s memorabilia of a time gone by. They have an in-house smoker and also make their own ice cream. Next to the Grille is the Mount Pleasant-Maury of Local History, where you can learn the history of the “Phosphate Capital of the World”. Around the square you will find great shops such as Too Much Stuff and Jernigans on Main and also fashion boutiques like The Tailored Tumbleweed and the Sassy Pistol.
On the north side of the county lies Spring Hill which is one of the fastest growing communities in the US. Here you will find the Crossings with its many regional stores and restaurants and also Carmike Theatre that opened in the last year. Spring Hill also offers some fun unique shopping such as Priss and Pearls, Merry Blu and Fireflies Boutique.
Maury County is steeped in history and heritage. The President James K Polk Home and Polk Presidential Hall Museum are open 7 days a week and offer guided tours throughout the day. The Historic Athenaeum offers a glimpse into what an 1860’s Girls School might have been like and is open for tours Thursday- Saturday. Historic Elm Springs is open Monday-Friday and has an extensive bookstore. Elm Springs was a witness to civil war history and was almost lost in the war. If a grand antebellum home is what you are looking for Rippavilla Plantation is your site. This stately home is over 160 years old and on the grounds you will find family cemeteries, Freeman’s Bureau school, slave quarters and the site of the Battle of Spring Hill.
In downtown Columbia there is now a brewery that recently opened. Asgard Brewery is just off the Duck River and offers tastings and a fun atmosphere. For those of you who like to taste wine there are many selections to choose from and are only a short drive away through the countryside. Picker’s Creek Winery in Lewisburg offers art, pottery and music on some weekends. Amber Falls, Keg Springs and Natchez Hills Winery, all in the Hampshire area, offer a variety of wine in a lovely setting.
Please stop by our Visitors Center at 302 West 7th in Columbia across from the President James K Polk Home for directions, maps and ideas for your stay in Maury County. You may also visit our website at www.experiencemaury.com or call toll free at (888) 852-1860 for more information. The Maury County Visitors Bureau is also on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.