A scenic drive down Highway 31 will lead you right to Williamson County’s southernmost city, a scenic spot that has rapidly become a destination for food, history, and family-friendly fun. Spring Hill first saw its boom when the Saturn manufacturing plant opened in 1990. While it now produces GM vehicles, the city has flourished into one of the area’s most desirable destinations.
Whether you’re planning a visit or a move, we’ve rounded up the top things to see, eat, and do in Spring Hill.
History can be found all across the city of Spring Hill, thanks in part to its role in the American Civil War. Visit Rippa Villa, a historic home built in the 1850s on a 98-acre property. During the Franklin campaign of the Civil War, both Union and Confederate soldiers used the home as their headquarters at different times, and it’s now preserved for visitors to learn more about the conflict and explore the grounds. The property is managed by the Battle of Franklin Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the area’s role in the battle that oversees the Carnton and Carter House properties.
After your history lesson, head outdoors for a round at Towhee Golf Club, an 18-hole course designed by Arnold Palmer. The course itself is stunning, and there’s also a clubhouse and Birdsong Social, its signature restaurant, that are perfect for gathering. Keep the adventure at Joyfull Arcade, a nostalgia-inducing destination for games ranging from the latest and greatest to time-honored classics. Or, work on your axe throwing game at Faxon’s Hatchet House Axes & Ales.
For more ideas and information, pay a visit to the Spring Hill Welcome Center!
Williamson County boasts an impressive culinary scene, and Spring Hill is no exception. Start your day the right way at Big Bad Breakfast, which serves exactly the type of dishes you’d expect from a restaurant with that moniker: steak and eggs, giant omelets, biscuits with gravy, grits, bacon, and a collection of brunch-y cocktails. Stop in for a pick-me-up from The Fainting Goat Coffee Co. to further fuel your visit.
Be sure to save room for lunch and dinner with locally-loved favorites like pork plates from Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and a shake and cheesesteak from The Spot Burgers & Beer being excellent options. Ready for dessert? Get a taste of paradise from Beach Co. Chill, an artisan shaved ice truck that calls Locke Avenue home.
Boutiques, Antiques, and More
Ready to shop ’til you drop? Spring Hill has you covered. Start at the Spring Hill Antique Mall, a reimagined school gymnasium that has packed its 8,000 square feet with vendors showcasing previously loved clothes, jewelry, furniture, art, and much more. Then, keep the vintage vibes going at Vintage 615 boutique and its sister home brand Living 615.
Spring Hill holds a slice of retail history through Early’s Honey Stand, the oldest retailer in Middle Tennessee. The stand was opened in 1925 by Erskine and his mother, Mamie Elgate Kincaid Early, with the pair selling honey perched under a mulberry tree. Early’s has evolved into an adorable storefront offering all the same time-honored goods like candies, sodas, smoked summer sausage, jams, and honey.
Before winding down for the day, seek out some souvenirs for home at Spring Hill gems like Hidden Seed Plant Shop, a stunning spot for house plants and other botanicals, or Sunday Night Dinner, a Pinterest-worthy spot for tabletop decor and home furnishings.