Smith County

The Tennessee General Assembly chartered Smith County on October 26, 1799.

Visitor Sites & Attractions

Butterfly Hollow Bed and Breakfast Retreat

Gordonsville, Tennessee

For visitors seeking an eco-friendly retreat, this bed and break fast has it all—solar powered energy, organic vegetables and herbs, and reclaimed antique lumber and stone. An 1899 farm house was the first piece of the B&B, nestled in a secluded 85 acre valley in the Cumberland Plateau foothills.

Eads Museum

Carthage, Tennessee

The Eads Museum in South Carthage opened to the public in 2012. For an admission fee, visitors can tour the antiques, artwork, Civil War era memorabilia, and Tennessee themed items.

Peaceful Pastures

Hickman, Tennessee

Peaceful Pastures offers tours of their working farm with different activities to see every day. On a typical day visitors will see grazing cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs guarded by dogs that keep watch, as well as poultry in a natural pasture setting. Visitors can see examples of heritage breed sheep and their wool. A sample bar of homemade soap is provided as a souvenir.

Heritage Museum
Smith County Heritage Museum

Carthage, Tennessee

The mission of the Smith County Heritage Museum is to foster an appreciation for the rich history of Smith County, its land, people, and industry. Visitors to the museum will enjoy historical displays, memorabilia, and artifacts from Smith County. Past exhibits include a “Smith County Statesmen” flyer highlighting the 1938 “Big Rally and Homecoming” for Albert Gore, Candidate for Congress; and a “1930 Democratic Nominees” flyer featuring Judge Cordell Hull.

South Carthage Rail Trail

Carthage, Tennessee

Beginning at the Smith County Agricultural Center, the South Carthage Rail Trail travels north toward downtown Carthage along Old Highway 53. From there it continues on the former Carthage Branch of the 1888 Tennessee Central Railroad, passing through the scenic countryside. The trail is paved and is considered to have an easy grade. Parking is available at the trailheads.

Walton Cemetery/Grave Site
Walton Cemetery/Grave Site

Carthage, Tennessee

The grave site of William Walton and his wife, Sarah, is located just south of Myers Street (south of the Wal-Mart) on a grassy site encircled by mature trees. Interpretive markers are currently not present at this site. A wayside exhibit is planned.

Walton Hotel
Walton Hotel

Carthage, Tennessee

Since the early 1900’s this has been a favorite stop-over for travelers through Carthage, and remains to be a unique lodging experience for 21st century travelers, as well. The Hotel was built around 1904 and was recently restored. Guests can enjoy modern conveniences en-suite, as well as antique furniture and overlooks to Main Street Carthage. The in-house restaurant is also known for its southern hospitality. Southern comfort meals are served at the restaurant seven days a week, as well as “fancy” dishes.