The Bluegrass-bred region of Upper Cumberland boasts breathtaking beauty, from its hiking paths and horseback trails to its rushing waterfalls and fishing holes. This is the place where music tradition runs deep—think Americana, bluegrass, country, jazz and more—and the creative spirit is evident in the region’s quilt barns, art galleries, craft breweries and vineyards. Cummins Falls State Park, Cookeville THE HOT LIST The town of Pall Mall is home to Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park, a commemorative site paying respect to York, whose heroism during World War I made him one of the most decorated soldiers in the war. The park’s features include the York home, a gristmill, Wolf River Cemetery and a World War I reproduction trench. The 100th anniversary of York’s act of heroism will be celebrated in 2018. Short Mountain Distillery, Woodbury ICONIC EXPERIENCE Step back in time at the T.B. Sutton General Store in Granville, a historic representation of the old-time general store. Stroll through sweet confections and gifts, and catch live music during Sutton Ole Time Music Hour. T. B. Sutton General Store, Granville FREE ATTRACTION Peek into the past at Jamestown’s Ye Ole Jail Museum, housed in the sandstone building that served as the Fentress County Jail from 1900-1979. LOCAL FLAVOR Grab a bar seat for a pint of ale at The Bull & Thistle, Gainesboro’s British Islesstyle pub. The historic neighborhood complements the cozy restaurant’s Celtic fare and spirits. THE UNEXPECTED More than 2,000 collectible dolls grace “The Doll House” at the Patton House Museum in Cookeville. The collection dates back to the 1800s with an incredible array of styles, detail and international influence. Rock Island State Park is one of the many wonderful Tennessee parks. Great Falls, Twin Falls, the dam ... it’s a beautiful piece of Tennessee. We spent many happy times there! —Margie Gould Thessin via Facebook
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