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Guide To: Nolensville, TN

Legend has it that the founding of Nolensville in 1797 was a matter of serendipity. Following the breakdown of his wagon, William Nolen, an American Revolutionary War veteran, realized the potential of the area’s resources, and laid down roots right away. His original log cabin still exists today and the spirit of abundance he observed does, too.

Nolensville residents number around 14,000 and pride themselves on the small town charm they bring to an otherwise urban core. Very near to Brentwood and Nashville, it’s a step (but not a leap) into rural life. Many residents move there looking for its slower pace, excellent schools, and the great outdoors that surround it all.

Mill Creek River, the inspiration behind local Mill Creek Brewing, runs through town. It’s easy to get away for fishing, canoeing, or hiking scenic trails. Residents can take a morning stroll and make it back in time for the well-regarded local farmers market complete with local producers, crafts, music, and even food trucks! For another market experience, try the Feed Mill Amish Market. It was a mill company from 1809 until the mid 1980s, but today you’ll find it full of culinary delights made by hand. Locals and visitors both enjoy boutique shops in the downtown area, like the Painted Dragonfly, which is located in a 1930s farmhouse, or Nellamoon, which has its own candle line. 

For seasonal fun, Nolensville boasts Morning Glory Orchard, a second-generation family farm offering public access from June until November. Walden Pumpkin Farm draws crowds from all over for a fair-like atmosphere in October. 

In many ways, Nolensville is the deal of a lifetime. Its close proximity to Nashville endows it with plenty to see and do without the urban pace or price tag. Its inclusion in Williamson County locks it into some of the best schools in the state for all ages. And the seasons hit differently when you’re surrounded by colorful trees, a rushing river, and lush hillside. 

If Nolensville were a song:

“Homegrown” by Zac Brown Band