A favorite small town to visit in Middle Tennessee is Historic Bell Buckle. Loaded with charm, this petite railroad town lies between Murfreesboro and Shelbyville, Tenn. Visitors will find something for everyone including antiques, collectibles, boutiques, home accents, Southern souvenirs and great food! Unfortunately for my photos, it was a dreary rainy day!
Bell Buckle Cafe has been a mainstay on Railroad Square for decades, drawing folks from all over with their Southern meat and veggie plates, burgers, sandwiches, salads and desserts. They have live music every Friday and Saturday evenings and on Saturday afternoons from 1-3. http://www.bellbucklecafe.com/Bell_Buckle_Cafe/Welcome.html
For those that have a big group or event, they also offer the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall that is a multi-use facility complete with dance floor, stage and full in-house catering that can fit 300 people. http://www.bellbucklebanquethall.com/
Phillips General Store Antiques has been a Bell Buckle favorite destination for decades. The old general store retains its historic charm with many original fixtures and goods displayed, along with a huge selection of antique and vintage items for sale. You’ll always find a selection of vintage holiday collectibles from Halloween to Christmas. They also carry locally made gourmet food products, Moon Pies and RC Cola.
There are many other antique shops and boutiques along Bell Buckle’s Railroad Square, however I arrived in town around closing time, so several had already closed for the day. Here’s a sampling…
Around the right corner of Railroad Square are public restrooms and a few more shops. But the biggest draw is Bluebird Antiques & Old Fashioned Ice Cream Bar. The Phillips family serves up Purity Ice Cream with divine homemade waffle cones, malts, milkshakes, fried pies, cobblers, Daddy’s fresh fudge and a new specialty, Fried Green Tomato Cheeseburgers cooked in an iron skillet. Don’t miss taking your family for this old fashioned nostalgic experience!
Located to the left of Railroad Square across the street is a collection of more shops and the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall. Just up the street are two large antique malls that have also been there for decades. You’ll find all sorts of antiques and collectibles in the malls, so plan a whole day for your visit.
On the opposite side of the railroad tracks is a new shop, Miss Jane & Co., with a collection of several dealers offering vintage and home accents to boutique clothing and accessories.
So plan your day trip to Bell Buckle this spring! Check out the Bell Buckle Chamber website to find out their town events. There’s always something fun going on! http://bellbucklechamber.com/