Putnam County

Putnam County was originally created in 1842.

Visitor Sites & Attractions

Cookeville Depot Museum
Cookeville Depot Museum

Cookeville, Tennessee

Located in Cookeville’s historic Westside District, the Cookeville Depot Museum is a treat not just for rail enthusiasts. The building was constructed in 1909 and houses many Tennessee Central Railway artifacts, including a replica of what Cookeville looked like circa 1955, as well as a replica of a coal tipple with a model train loading up with coal. The park-like grounds of the Depot contain a 1913 Baldwin steam engine, a 1920’s classic red caboose, a 1960’s caboose, and two small track cars.

Cookeville History Museum
Cookeville History Museum

Cookeville, Tennessee

The Cookeville History Museum strives to promote the history of Cookeville and Putnam County through a series of exhibits, programs, and activities. Unique features of the museum include a timeline around the building beginning with the first people to the area to the present; a traveling exhibit and collection displays; and a Children’s History Hour the second Saturday of every month.

Cream City
Cream City Ice Cream & Coffee House

Cookeville, Tennessee

The iconic sign above this historic building is an emblem of the Cream City local historic district. At Cream City Ice Cream & Coffee visitors can enjoy gourmet ice cream and coffee across from the historic Cookeville Depot Museum. Internet is free at this cafe.

Baxter Depot Museum
Baxter Depot Museum

Baxter, Tennessee

In the 1920s, the train regularly hauled cattle, hogs, eggs, handles, poultry, lumber, acid wood, pulp wood, poles and cross ties. The original depot was demolished in 1964, and the newly built depot on the same site is set to open in 2013.

Monterey Depot Museum

Monterey, Tennessee

The Monterey Central Transportation Museum (Monterey Depot Museum) opened on Feb. 24, 2012. The museum not only tells the story of the railroad and other modes of transportaion; It tells the history of the people of the Upper Cumberland.

The Garden Inn B&B at Bee Rock

Monterey, Tennessee

Bee Rock is on the edge of a Cumberland Plateau bluff and is a frequent hot spot for rock climbing. The Garden Inn B&B at Bee Rock offers a stunning view of the bluff and a relaxing place to stay.