Just a short 20 minute drive from Downtown Nashville along interstate 40 is Mount Juliet. One of the fastest growing suburbs in the southeast and the largest city in Wilson County, Mount Juliet is the 5th most safest city in America.
Affordable, clean, well governed, and prosperous, Mount Juliet has seen exponential population and business growth over the last decade, with over 31,000 residents who now call MJ home. “Gateway” to the Appalachians and the Atlantic seaboard, Mount Juliet is bordered by I-40, I-24, I-65 and I-840, and a day’s drive to more than half of the American population. All roads lead through Mount Juliet.
Mount Juliet is also a short commute to Nashville, the world renowned “Music City” and many first class institutions of higher learning, like MTSU, TSU, Vanderbilt, Belmont, Fisk, Cumberland and Lipscomb Universities.
Mount Juliet also has a fairly new outdoor mall commerce area called Providence Marketplace which houses major brands, chain restaurants, and local Nashville favorites. It also has a Regal Movie Theatre with 24 different screens, walking paths, and grocery stores.
More Information Visit the Providence Mall website.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis and State of Tennessee
A short drive south from Mount Juliet stands one of Tennessee’s most famous landmarks, The Hermitage.
The Hermitage is a historical plantation and museum located in Davidson County, Tennessee, United States, 10 miles (16 km) east of downtown Nashville. The plantation was owned by Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States, from 1804 until his death at the Hermitage in 1845.
Considered by many historians to be the best preserved early U.S. presidential home, the mansion at The Hermitage has welcomed approximately 16 million visitors from around the world since opening as a museum in 1889.
An award-winning interior restoration was carried out between 1989 and 1997. Today, original furniture, wallpaper and family possessions give visitors a glimpse of what life was like for the family in the years of Andrew Jackson’s retirement.
A general admission ticket includes access to the mansion, grounds and exhibit gallery. Self-guided tours and costumed interpreter-led tours are available.
Located in the north central region of Tennessee, J. Percy Priest Lake lays between the sixth and seventh mile of the Stones River. The dam is located about 10 miles east of Nashville, which is the state capital.
The lake and its dam have names in honor of Congressman J. Percy Priest. Covering portions of Davidson, Wilson and Rutherford counties, the lake measures 42 miles long. It spans across 14,200 acres. An entire town, known as Old Jefferson, was flooded by the lake. The town was demolished when the dam was under construction in the early 1960s.
Originally known as the Stewarts Ferry Reservoir, the project was approved by Congress in 1946, but wasn’t completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers until 1967. Of the 18,854 acres surrounding the lake, some 10,000 acres are devoted to wildlife management.
The Corps of Engineers’ Nashville District personnel supervise and operate the powerhouse, dam, public lands and lake. The Natural Resource Management Office maintains 11 picnic areas, three campgrounds and 12 boat ramps.
There are several marinas serving the lake as well. Several recreational organizations, including Vanderbilt Sailing Club, Vanderbilt Rowing Club, Nashville Rowing Club, Percy Priest Yacht Club and Tennessee Boat Club call the lake their home.
Located on the west side of the Percy Priest Lake dam, you will find a wonderful visitor’s center. The visitor’s center can help you with all the lake information you need to make any trip to Percy Priest Lake educational and enjoyable.
Things To Do
If you love the outdoors, you will love Percy Priest Lake. You can always rent a boat and get out and explore the lake yourself. There are many parks and campgrounds surrounding the lake that provide space to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Fishing is very popular on the lake as well with large mouth bass, striped bass, white bass, small mouth bass, crappie and bluegill all abundant on the lake.
Nashville Shores is a 385-acre family recreation destination located on Percy Priest Lake in Nashville, TN, just past the airport off I-40 (Exit 221B). It is comprised of a first-class water park, ropes courses and zip lines, RV campground, lakeview cabins, a 310-slip marina, boat rental business, and other attractions. The water park includes Big Kahuna – a towering family raft slide, a giant wave pool, lazy river, Kowabunga Beach – a massive water treehouse and sprayground, multiple waterslides, pools, kayaks, and a beach. For those who prefer staying dry, Nashville Shores offers free lake cruises onboard the Nashville Shoreliner, volleyball, horseshoes and much mo
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