> Exploring Eagleville April 28 2019, 0 Comments
I heard somebody say the other day that Eagleville is "the new Leiper's Fork." I don't know if I'd go that far, because it's so off-the-beaten-track, but what you really need to know is this:
There is a 30 mph zone in downtown Eagleville, and it is enforced.
Ha! Seriously, the speed limit is for real, but you'll want to slow down anyway when you cruise into town. Eagleville is worth a day trip if you're in the Middle Tennessee area. There are several independently owned boutique shops and two successful restaurants which are open most days and at night.
We chose the Eagleville area for our new farm location because it's affordable and hasn't been overdeveloped yet. The downtown is a hodgepodge of design, but it's full of possibility and fun to explore. (If you're in the market for a cute little storefront for your next venture, the former Lamp Shop is for rent, across from the Mexican restaurant.)
On Friday, May 3, 2019, the City of Eagleville kicked off its debut First Friday event, with shops staying open late for shopping and live entertainment on city hall's front porch. This was a huge success (there was buck dancing!) and will continue.
As of June 1 there is a weekly farmer's market from 7 to noon every Saturday behind Eagleville City Hall (on main street at the stoplight). We plan to be there every week.
Here are a few tips:
Things to do:
VISIT THE HONEYHOUSE! Our apiary has bees to observe, seasonal wildflowers and a farm shop. We have just started offering tours, and we would love to host your group.
SHOPPING! Plan your visit on a Saturday, since not all the shops are open every day of the week. There are several antique/vintage shops, plus the new All Things Home, run by a husband-wife team that also does home staging.
EXPLORING! Plan a visit to our apiary and farm shop. You're welcome to drop in, but if you have a group of folks interested in beekeeping we are happy to plan a special beekeeping lesson and/or tour (fee may apply). In the summer months, we have drifts of wildflowers blooming, and honeybees foraging them, which make lovely photos.
BIKING! The American Whiskey Trail passes through downtown Eagleville. While the route bypasses our apiary (only by three lovely, winding miles), and there are no distillery stops (yet!) in the downtown area, you bikers may like to take a little side trip to see some bees and taste our Barrel-Aged Honey, made in collaboration with a popular local bourbon distiller.
The Eagleville Soaring Club is an airstrip less than half a mile from our apiary, and we love seeing the gliders pass over our barn on sunny, clear weekends.
The City of Eagleville recently installed municipal sewers so it's ready for growth.
Eagleville's school is K-12 (in sought-after Rutherford County) and recently had Trace Adkins, who lives nearby, sing the National Anthem during homecoming. More important, there is a school cat, named Bojangles. Also, the FFA students have plant sales in the spring and fall; I have bought several hanging baskets in the spring and mums in the fall.
Arrington Vineyards is just a few miles north of Eagleville, so you can spend a few hours exploring Eagleville, have lunch, end your day with a wine tasting at the vineyard, then head back to Franklin or Nashville.
Pro tips: Plan your day trip on a Saturday, since not all the shops are open during the week ... and accept the complimentary rolls at Maple Street Grill. (You're welcome.)