In the southeast corner of Dickson County sits the town of White Bluff, population 3,500.
While it’s only five miles from the heart of Dickson, it’s worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the small city… despite the fact that it is among the fastest-growing communities in Middle Tennessee.
The balance is a focus on community and artistic talent, on open space and locally owned businesses. Some of them have attracted a lot of attention.
Take Carl’s Perfect Pig, for instance, an unassuming barbecue joint that the Wall Street Journal identified as one of the best pulled pork purveyors in the entire country.
And Montgomery Bell State Park, where 900,000 visitors a year come to explore 3,800 acres, be it through living history exhibits, hiking and camping, or the 25-mile network of world-class mountain biking trails that attract thrill-seekers from all around.
The Civil War Trails program marks a site in White Bluff where Confederate guerillas played havoc on Union forces trying to establish a railroad link between the depot in Kingston Springs and the Tennessee River port at Johnsonville. There are encampment sites and markers that detail the combat actions there.
In town, there are collections of late 1800s homes; even a few Antebellum ones survive. One of the area’s oldest commercial buildings has been restored, and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
But if there’s one thing that defines the character of White Bluff, it’s tight-knit families. While many of the residents commute to Nashville to work, old-time festivals and gatherings often dominate the weekends: there’s the Main Street Festival, the Apple Butter Festival and the Grillin’ and Greens Festival, which includes the BBQ cook-off and the Barbecutie pageant.
In slower times, there’s always something to do. Residents rallied in 2007 to build the Field of Dreams playground, a 17,000-square-foot, completely community-driven project that offers hours of fun to kids of all ages. Located in the center of town, just adjacent to the Community Center, Field of Dreams is open to the public. It’s worth the trip alone!
Fall is the perfect time to spend a day in White Bluff. For more information, visit www.townofwhitebluff.com.