Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Place called Bell Buckle

Bell Buckle, Tennessee is a quaint little railroad town located approximately 50 miles south of Nashville, at the intersection of Tennessee Highways 269 and 82.

We have visited Bell Buckle a couple of times, so I knew what to expect, but if it's your first visit, you will be delighted by the colorful country charm of its row of shops along "Main Street."

The shops include a crafts shop, antique shop, and a country cafe that hosts a live radio show on Saturday afternoons. There are also a couple of antique malls around the corner.

I love the painted quilt parking lot in front of the crafts store.

As I took pictures of the shops, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this shop window.

It was filled with a collection of adorable little sock monkeys and I immediately thought of our sweet blogger friend, Quintessential Magpie. These are for you, Sheila!

(I took these from outside looking through the glass, so they're not as good as I would have liked)

This lady in red looks like she could use a bigger dress size.

And last, but not least, this little guy is my favorite. He looked so sad peeping around the corner, and I could almost imagine a tear running down his sweet little face.

If you're planning a trip to the Nashville area, I hope you will take the time to visit Bell Buckle. You might want to time your visit for early spring when you'll be greeted by clusters of daffodils growing along the road, or you might want to wait until October to visit when Bell Buckle hosts an annual juried arts and crafts show and the fall foliage is at its peak. I've heard it rivals New England's.


Audrey said...

Janie, thanks for sharing the pictures you capture from so many neat places in the South. As a southern girl, I truly appreciate the hospitality and friendliness you feel when you visit such places as these. Tennessee is a beautiful state in my opinion.

Take care, and again thanks for sharing.


Cindy said...

what a adorable little town, next time I'm in Nashville (sister lives there) I will definitely have to put this on my place to see. Thanks for sharing it.

The quilt on the street is TOOOOOO cute for words.


Deb said...

Janie....that looks like such fun...you really take us on some great adventures...Love the quilted parking....and the monkeys are adorable...

racheld said...

I love that place, and you've captured the quaint and the quirky of it, all at once.

And that is certainly a fine example of "ten pounds of sugar in a five-pound sack."

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Janie, I love it, We passed through the area one night and just commented on the name, but didn't know this was there. We will have to go back, I am putting it on my list of places to visit, next trip up that way. I love the quilt in the parking lot, and the sock monkeys are so cute.
As always you make me feel like I am right there.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This is definitely one of those places J and I would truly enjoy visiting!

Anonymous said...

IT IS a wonderful town - i am origianlly from fayetteville which is very close
i now live in indiana but every time we go to tenn we go to bell buckle and lynchburg - those are our day trips
you should go on up the road sometime and eat at miller's grocery in cristiana very good
makes me homesick

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Janie! I adore all of those sock monkeys. I have just gotten home, and Mr. Magpie and I were tickled to pieces looking at this. I'm so glad you got such cute pictures of them. LOL! You made our night!


Sheila :-)