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A strong railroad heritage, Civil War era sites and a wealth of historic buildings make the region a haven for those looking for a glimpse into our nation's past.
Historical Sites
Historic Courthouse Square
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The Historic Courthouse Square has made shopping fun and easy with pedestrian walkways, streetlights and crosswalks. Enjoy browsing through a variety of unique stores that have made the historic square their choice location. While on the square, you may appreciate a visit to the Arcade Building to observe the beautiful stained glass panels on the ceiling of what was the first enclosed shopping mall of its kind in Cookeville.



Directions:

Take exit 287 off I-40 and travel north on Jefferson Ave.



Historic Residential District
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The City of Cookeville’s first historic residential district, the North Dixie Avenue Historic District was identified by the city and designated by the state in 2001. This district consists of the residences along N. Dixie Ave. from Freeze St. north to E. 7th Street. This street is a catalog of 20th Century architecture, including Queen Anne, Neo-Classical, Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, and Bungalow. All the houses were originally built before World War II and are excellent examples of most of the architectural designs used before the war. Much of this historic district was first established from the early settlers that founded Dixie College (1909) and Tennessee Polytechnic Institute (1916), now known as Tennessee Tech University.



Directions:

Take exit 286 off of I-40, travel north on Jefferson Ave. to Broad St. Turn left, then take the first right onto Dixie Ave.



Cookeville History Museum
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Phone: (931) 520-5455

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This museum features an enormous collection of items, artifacts, photographs, special exhibits and more, covering the history of Cookeville from prehistoric times through the present. The museum is at 40 E. Broad St. across from City Hall.



Directions:

Take Exit 287; turn north on Jefferson Ave. and left on Broad St.; or take Exit 286 off of I-40, turn north on Willow Ave. and right on E. Broad St.



Web site: www.cookevillehistorymuseum.com

Historic West Side
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Phone: (931) 528-4612

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Historic West Side boasts a wonderful collection of specialty shops, local restaurants, antique stores, eateries and more, all within walking distance of the Cookeville Depot Museum, Cookeville Drama Center, Convention & Visitors Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, Farmers Market, Cookeville Regional Medical Center and Tennessee Tech University. As you make your way through the West Side district, take time to appreciate the restored storefronts and internal structures of these historic buildings.



Directions:

Exit 286 off of I-40 and turn north on Willow Ave., turn right on Broad St.; or take Exit 287 off of I-40, turn north on Jefferson Ave., and left on Broad St.



Web site: www.cookevillecityscape.com

Our Protectors Mural
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The Leadership Putnam Class of 2002 coordinated a Quality of Life project that honors local and national law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency management technicians, paramedics and military personnel. After the events of September 11, 2001, many citizens within the community wanted to show their support for our local protectors who put their lives at risk everyday for our safety. This mural was painted by a local artist and is on the corner of Cedar and W. Broad streets. You, too, can show your respect as you walk the West Side and view this larger than life collage.



Directions:

Exit 286 off of I-40 and turn north on Willow Ave., turn right on Broad St.; or take Exit 287 off of I-40, turn north on Jefferson Ave., and left on Broad St.



Cookeville Depot Museum
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Phone: (931) 528-8570

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Built in 1909, the Cookeville Depot is now home to the Cookeville Depot Museum. Visitors can view railway artifacts, memorabilia, numerous photographs of the railroad in Putnam County over the years and scale trains that run such as, an authentic 1913 Baldwin steam locomotive and two cabooses. It’s open year-round, and admission is free.



Directions:

Exit 286 off of I-40 and turn north on Willow Ave., turn right on Broad St.; or take Exit 287 off of I-40, turn north on Jefferson Ave., and left on Broad St.



Web site: www.cookevilledepot.com

Historic Post Office
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Phone: (931) 526-3435

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The Cookeville Post Office was built in 1916 as the original Post Office for the Cookeville area. It was built in the Italian style, offers full services, and houses the Federal Court.



Standing Stone Monument
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Monterey was once the pioneer settlement Standing Stone, named for a large boulder on the historic Walton Road nearby. The Standing Stone was a 13-foot-tall rock that once stood upright on a sandstone ledge in the area. It was the legendary boundary between Cherokee and Shawnee territory and marked the Cherokee Tallonteeskee Trail. The eight-foot remnant of this stone is preserved in Monterey, where a Standing Stone Celebration of Native American Heritage is held each October.



Directions:

Exit 300 off of I-40, travel north to 705 E. Commercial Ave.



Bee Rock
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Phone: (931) 839-1400

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On the private property of The Garden Inn in Monterey is a luxury bed & breakfast. It offers a spectacular overlook of the Calfkiller River and Stamps Hollow. Legend has it that Native Americans gathered honey from hives underneath the cliff. Open to the public during daylight hours only.



Directions:

Take exit 300 off of I-40, travel north to E. New Ave.



Web site: www.thegardeninnbb.com

Granville Museum
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Phone: (931) 653-4151

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The Granville Museum tells the story of the riverboat town of Granville, Tennessee. The museum contains a great pictorial display of every aspect of the history of Granville. Many historical items from homes, businesses, schools and the community are on display. The museum features a military, school and music room and a room with furnishings depicting a home in the early 1900's.

 

"We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past. We respect the past, remembering that once it was all that was humanly possible."

 

 

 



Web site: www.granvilletn.com

   

Cookeville-Putnam County Convention & Visitors Bureau • One West First Street • Cookeville, TN 38501
Toll-Free: 800-264-5541 • Local: 931-526-2211 • Fax: 931-526-4023
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