Come Home to Gallatin Tennessee, Where Comfortable Modern Living Shares the Grit and Grace of History and a Pastoral Setting
Gallatin never sacrifices the authentic while seeking improvements to support all residents
Located roughly 30 miles north of the hustle and bustle of Nashville, Gallatin, Tennessee, defines itself by embracing the surrounding natural beauty and its rich history. Far more than a metropolitan area's bedroom community, the city of Gallatin has a lineage reaching back over 200 years.
A Community Shaping the Shaping the Middle Tennessee Region for Centuries
Founded in 1802 as the county seat of Sumner County, an honor it still holds, its name traces to Albert Gallatin, Secretary of the Treasury to both Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Future president Andrew Jackson was an early investor in the growing town, purchasing a lot near its open square center and establishing the first general store to serve the needs of Gallatin's inhabitants. During the Civil War, control of the city switched between the Confederacy and the Union several times. Until the mid 20th century, the area around Gallatin primarily supported an agrarian economy.
A City Retaining Its Roots Yet Welcoming Innovation and Change
In the 1970s, Gallatin embraced national companies seeking the space and workforce to establish a foundation and contribute to this unique community. Corporations with significant facilities or headquarters in or around Gallatin, including The Gap, Incorporated, RR Donnelley, Beretta USA, and SERVPRO Industries, Incorporated. Investments made through these businesses enrich the economy and open up options for individuals and families who take advantage of these and other job opportunities while living in a warm and charming established community providing a timeless atmosphere.
An Urban and Country Mix of Great Natural Beauty and Community Vitality
Restaurants and a range of retailers and other vendors ensure Gallatin's residents obtain needed goods and services locally. Situated north of the sinuous Cumberland River banks, Gallatin's footprint entwines with branches of the river's tributary, Station Camp Creek. Earlier in Gallatin's existence, the Cumberland River and its backwaters connected the town to the rest of the country, including locks and dams to make transport easier. Old Hickory Lake, constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is located south of Gallatin. Lovely suburban lots cluster around other lakes that extend from curves in the Cumberland River, allowing residents to experience a lakeshore feel amidst older growth timber. Wildlife, the soothing sound and glint of moving water, and room to enjoy friends and family away from an urban feel make these areas of Gallatin extremely desirable.
A Wealth of Parks and Historic Sites
Residents of and visitors to Gallatin choose from various sporting fields, parks, and venues for activities, gatherings, and experiences. Community spaces include a wide variety of amenities, including playgrounds, playing fields, dog parks, hiking trails, biking adventures, and access to the various waterways for boating and fishing. Must-see places in Gallatin and environs are many, the following offering just a taste of the intriguing opportunities available:
- Cages Bend Recreation Area
- Candlelight Cemetery Tour
- Gallatin Miracle Park - Triple Creek
- Lock 4 Mountain Bike Trailhead
Many major hotel chains maintain properties in the city, making a trip to Gallatin for a vacation or long weekend comfortable.
A Place for Lifelong Learning
Gallatin meets the needs of everyone, from the littlest learners to college students. Half a dozen public elementary schools and three middle schools feed into Gallatin High School and
Station Camp High School. Alternative learning centers and a handful of private schools assure a fit for all students. Post-secondary options include Volunteer State Community College and private Free Will Baptist Welch College.
A Home Where You Find True Grit. Amazing Grace
Gallatin's punchy motto lays it out for those considering relocating. The city is proud of its authentic past, not a revisionist backward view. Graceful surroundings and natural beauty partner with pride of self, holding a space for those who seek the first and value the second. Although the city regularly lands on "best of" and "safest" national and Tennessee city lists, its tagline clarifies those feel-good generalities into identifying what endures and forms the heart of Gallatin.