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elcome to Gallatin, Tennessee â€” a city rich in history, known for its small-town lifestyle that offers an ever-increasing array of large-city amenities. Located about 20 minutes northeast of Nashville, we are convenient to Interstates 65, 40, and 24. In fact, we are less than a dayâ€™s drive from more than 75 percent of the countryâ€™s major markets, making this Middle Tennessee city a popular choice for retirees, business travelers, and travel enthusiasts. The unique landscape of Gallatin attracts sportsmen, nature lovers, and those who want to truly experience the four seasons. Nestled in the
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Cumberland Basin, Gallatin features softly rolling hills, an abundance of rural landscape, and beautiful Old Hickory Lake. Our average temperature is 57.9 degrees with hot summers (average 77.7 degrees), snow in the winters (average 36.4 degrees), a colorful fall, and a lovely spring! Founded and made the county seat of Sumner County in 1802, Gallatin was named for U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin. Secretary Gallatin was one of the first to purchase land in the city shortly after it was surveyed and platted in 1803. He also founded the first general store and, in 1803, built the first courthouse and jail.
â€œBuilt on its rich history, strengthened by its generations of caring citizens, and set upon a beautiful landscape, Gallatin certainly has much to offer.â€?
It was the purchase of the stallion “St. Blaise” around 1900 that startled the racing community.
Nestled in the Cumberland Basin, Gallatin features softly rolling hills, an abundance of rural landscape, and beautiful Old Hickory Lake. The city was first incorporated in 1815, to later function under a Charter established by a 1953 Private Act of the State Legislature. The town was built around an open square, which remains a quaint hub of business today, complete with shops, restaurants, business offices, and the still operational historic Palace Theatre, constructed in 1913. Historically, Gallatin was a largely agricultural community, once touted as the home of the largest independent tobacco factory in the
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United States. Mules, beef and dairy cattle, hogs, and sheep were all important livestock to the area’s economy. Gallatin was once known as an important breeding community for racehorses. It was the purchase of the stallion “St. Blaise” around 1900 that startled the racing community. Charles Reed paid $100,000 for him — at that time, the highest price ever paid for a horse! The area was a popular one for steeplechases and fox hunts. Several of those famous sites are now established
as new home communities. Kennesaw Farms, Fairvue Plantation, and Foxland are all once-grand plantations that have been developed but still retain the original home sites as centerpieces. Today, Gallatin has abundant amenities, so residents are independent from its larger neighbor, Nashville. Many recreational opportunities, coupled with the charm of the small town it once was and the influx of quality business and retail, show that Gallatin is a vibrant community with much to offer. From a modern 10-screen theater, NCG Gallatin Cinema, to department stores and boutiques; to many restaurants, both nationally known and locally established, Gallatin is a city where many residents are content to shop, dine, work, and play all within the city limits. Several popular events for the community keep residents both entertained and
closely connected, including the Gallatin Independence Day Celebration, the Sumner County Fair, the Gallatin Christmas Parade, springtime’s “Squarefest,” and fall’s “Main Street Festival.” Civic, historical, business, and service groups account for many other exciting annual happenings in the area, including the Cragfont Gala, the Rosemont Renaissance Festival, the Bledsoe Fort Bluegrass Festival, the 18th Century Colonial Fair, Holiday Heritage Tour, and the Annual Pilgrimage Tour of Homes. Currently the population of Gallatin is over 27,000, and it’s growing rapidly. Many new businesses and residents are choosing Gallatin as their new home. To meet the needs of the growing community, several expansion and improvement projects are taking place:
With many improvement and expansion projects taking place, Gallatin leaders are focused on staying ahead of the growth so that all citizens are served well by the city they choose to call home.
• A new public library is in the heart of downtown Gallatin. • Sumner Regional Health Systems is expanding their current medical facility and recently opened a new Health and Wellness Center, “Sumner Station.” • Old “Union High” is being revitalized as a community resource center. • The Gallatin Square is undergoing revitalization with a new streetscape. Additionally, new schools, greenways, roads, and emergency services are being considered, planned, and built. Attention is focused on staying ahead of the growth so that all citizens are served well by the city they choose to call home. Gallatin residents are the most enthusiastic promoters of the city. Many born in the community spend their lives here, and many more choose to relocate here. Built on its rich history, strengthened by its generations of caring citizens, and set upon a beautiful landscape, it certainly has much to offer. www.gallatintn.org 9
â€œThe fact that Gallatin is steeped in history makes it even more enticing and certainly, always interesting.â€?
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s a city in the State of Tennessee’s second-oldest county, Gallatin has a rich and diverse history of which its citizens are very proud. The area around Gallatin was first explored by men of European descent called “longhunters,” so named because of the long periods they spent away from their homes tracking game. These adventurers opened the door to the settlement of Middle Tennessee. The Avery Trace, a path that connected the forts and settlements of East Tennessee to Middle Tennessee, resulted from their repeated journeys. The first settler in the area was Thomas Spencer, a hunter who wintered alone in a hollow sycamore tree in 1778. The County of Sumner was established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1786, after many families were given land grants as payment for service in the Revolutionary War. It was named for war hero Jethro Sumner. Cairo, a
community on the banks of the Cumberland River, was the first center of trade in the area. However, its importance diminished in 1801 when the General Assembly authorized the purchase of 41.5 acres from Capt. James Trousdale and shortly thereafter established Gallatin as the county seat. The first half of the 19th century was a period of growth and development for Sumner County. Improved roads, a stagecoach line, river trade, and ferry services led to the establishment of approximately 30 communities and, according to the 1820 Census, a total of 54 manufacturers. Most apparent today from that period in time is the architectural boom that occurred in Gallatin and the surrounding communities. During the 1800s, more than 100 showplaces were erected, including James Winchester’s Cragfont (1802), John Bowen’s Trousdale Place (1822), Josephus Conn Guild’s Rose Mont (1840s), and Isaac
Franklin’s Fairvue (1832). The owners of these amazing estates prospered from agriculture and the raising of thoroughbred racehorses. Gallatin is also significant for the communities established by African Americans, including Village Green and Free Hill. In Gallatin, the nation’s first agricultural fair for black citizens was established, remaining an annual event for nearly 100 years. By the 20th century, Gallatin’s African-American leadership had established strong churches, schools, businesses, and a baseball team, the Travelers. It was horses for which Gallatin gained an international reputation, as it is recognized as the home of many famous thoroughbreds. From the 1870s to the 1890s, Belle Meade Stud and two Sumner County studs — Kennesaw, owned by James Franklin, and Fairview, owned by Charles Reed — turned out champion thoroughbreds. Luke Blackburn, bred at Kennesaw in 1877, was one such champion. Kennesaw also produced George Kinney, only slightly inferior to “Great
It was horses for which Gallatin gained an international reputation.
With a rich history rooted in agriculture, Gallatin was internationally recognized for its superior racehorses.
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Luke.” Bred at Fairview were The Baird in 1883, Yorkville Belle in 1889, and a great brood mare, Thora, dam of Yorkville Belle. Iroquois and St. Blaise, English Derby winners of 1881 and 1883, respectively, stood at Belle Meade and Fairview during the 1890s. In the early 1900s, agriculture boomed. The location of a Kraft Cheese plant in Gallatin in 1928 provided an outlet for increased dairy production throughout the county. Southland Grasslands Hunt & Racing Foundation built upon the area’s strong thoroughbred affiliation and attempted to establish new steeplechase traditions in the Tennessee “bluegrass” country. A defining moment for Gallatin was the construction of Old Hickory Dam on the Cumberland River in the early 1950s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) built a steam electric generating plant at Gallatin, resulting in new jobs, new recreational opportunities, and a housing boom along the new lake shoreline. Gallatin was also the home of the legendary Randy’s Records. Randy Woods started a 78 rpm mail-order business in 1948 out of his appliance store, placing a short advertisement with “Hoss” Allen and Gene Nobles on WLAC Radio — and the orders poured in. By 1950, he stocked 20,000 titles. Later, he began his own record label, “Randy’s,” on which he released a few records. Then Dot Records was formed. One of the first artists recorded by Woods was a young man who packed records for him at the store, Johnny Maddox. Maddox and his honky-tonk piano style graced Dot Records for almost 20 years. After expanding into gospel music, Woods’ roster eventually included most genres. Today, Woods’ former home houses Sumner Bank and Trust. Gallatin still offers what attracted many of the early settlers to the area — a rich landscape, a beautiful river, and many opportunities. The fact that it is steeped in history makes it even more enticing and certainly, always interesting.
Gallatin was also the home of the legendary Randy’s Records.
Randy Woods started his 78 rpm mail-order business in 1948. By 1950, Randy’s Record Shop stocked 20,000 titles. www.gallatintn.org 13
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Built between 1836 and 1842, Rose Mont is one of Gallatinâ€™s grandest old homes.
Whether Gallatin is your new home or a stop on your summer vacation, there are several stops of interest to the history buff. Sumner County Museum houses more than 250,000 artifacts of historical significance to the city and the county. From ancient fossils to antique toys, the museum offers a fascinating journey through the evolution of Sumner County. Trousdale Place was built in 1813 by John H. Bowen. In 1822 it was acquired by former Governor of Tennessee William Trousdale. Owned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, it is on the National Register of Historic Homes and still contains the original furniture of the Trousdale family. Rose Mont is one of Gallatinâ€™s grandest old homes. Built by Josephus Conn Guild between 1836 and 1842, it is one of Tennesseeâ€™s finest remaining examples of Greek Revival architecture blended with Palladian design. The home was the centerpiece of a 500-acre plantation