Located 30-40 minutes north of Nashville in Sumner County, Hendersonville and Gallatin are inviting suburban enclaves nestled along the waterfront splendor of Cumberland River’s Old Hickory Lake. These cities are steeped in more than 200 years of history, and were even called home by some of Nashville’s most beloved country music luminaries, like Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison. Today, Hendersonville and Gallatin are thriving communities that cater to affluent, highly educated residents. Despite the “bedroom community” label, the business landscape of these charming cities can certainly hold its own as the regional headquarters for several national companies, including Gap, Beretta and Servpro Industries.
Things to Do
One of the greatest parts about living along the Hendersonville/Gallatin corridor is having easy access to one of Tennessee’s most scenic reservoirs. Hendersonville alone boasts 26 miles of shoreline along Old Hickory Lake, and residents and visitors take full advantage of this through boating, fishing, camping or simply stretching out and soaking up some sun along the lakefront. There are also several inland public parks — like Triple Creek, Thompson and Clearview Parks, just to name a few — that offer dog runs, athletic fields and pedestrian trails.
Many places in Tennessee are rife with historical interest, and as cities settled shortly after the Revolutionary War, Hendersonville and Gallatin are no different. For example, did you know Gallatin’s first general store was founded by none other than former U.S. president Andrew Jackson? It should come as no surprise to learn that both cities boast several entries on the National Register of Historic Places, including the stately 18th century Rock Castle and Monthaven Mansion estates.
Hendersonville and Gallatin also offer a wealth of choices for entertainment, dining and shopping. Whether you’re catching a flick at the recently restored Palace theatre or hitting up the dozens of quirky boutiques in Hendersonville, there’s no shortage of fun! You can also celebrate and foster community all year long with Sumner County’s robust schedule of annual fairs and festivals, including the Sumner County Fair, the Gallatin Christmas Parade, and the Candlelight Cemetery Tour.
Waterfront living sounds like it would be a pricey prospect, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that gorgeous homes in this area are not nearly as expensive as you might think! Single-family homes, condos and townhomes in Henderson boast a median sale price of around $250,000. Prices are even lower in the city of Gallatin, which offers everything from large single-family estates to charming townhome apartments perched along the city’s historic downtown square.
Hendersonville and Gallatin school districts are both governed by the Sumner County Board of Education, which has an overall rating of 7 out of 10 by Great Schools. A number of private schools are also located in the area, such as Hendersonville Christian Academy, Pope John Paul II High School and Saint John Vianney Catholic School.
Life in neighborhood
These idyllic, close-knit Sumner County communities are popular among established, affluent families who want to be close to the stunning scenery and recreational opportunities of Old Hickory Lake while also being just a short drive from the heart of Nashville.
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