Southern Experiences

A Day in Lynchburg, TN

Lynchburg, Tennessee is a small town just over the Alabama state line, making it the perfect day trip from Huntsville (about an hour drive) and from Nashville (about an hour and half drive). The biggest, and primary, draw to this sleepy town in Tennessee is its affiliation with the Jack Daniel’s Distillery.

Jack Daniel’s Distillery

The Jack Daniel’s Distillery was started in 1866 (even though official paperwork states 1875) and it is one of the oldest distilleries in the Untied States. Even if you aren’t a fan of whiskey, it is worth checking out this landmark of American and Southern history. The distillery offers several different tours of varying lengths and prices, and some even include tastings. Be sure to wear walking shoes because there are lots of stairs and walking.

I opted to participate in the Dry County Distillery Tour, which provides an informative tour of the distillery and how they make the whiskey.

Fun fact: Jack Daniel’s Distillery is actually situated in a dry county, but you can purchase bottles from their store. Once you procur a bottle, be sure to check out one of these classic recipes.

Lynchburg Downtown Square

Lynchburg offers an adorable downtown square that is perfect for exploring either before or after your distillery tour. The central focus of the square is the 100-year old courthouse, but there are also tons of shops and restaurants. I didn’t eat lunch in town, but everyone recommends checking out Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House for some down-home Southern cooking. I was able to grab a cone of JD’s whiskey ice cream from Prince’s Parlor.

If you want to see Jack Daniel’s final resting place, his grave is not too far from the town square.