When it comes to making plans, I am not the best. Time goes by and often I say, “I would like to do that someday.” Our county has started opening back up since the pandemic and there are many opportunities to get out of the house and explore. Sumner County is full of historic, cultural and nature opportunities.

As far as history, you can visit Historic Rock Castle right here in Hendersonville. Historic Rock Castle is considered one of the first permanent homes, as well as the oldest building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Middle Tennessee. It overlooks Old Hickory Lake and has tours during the day to share about the rich history of the site.

Close by, on the border of Goodlettsville and Hendersonville, is Historic Mansker’s Station. This historic site consists of a reproduction of 1779 log station and the Bowen Plantation House, said to be the longest standing brick structure in Middle Tennessee. These are two examples of some history right in our own neighborhoods that we can visit and learn as well as enjoy getting out and about.

When it comes to cultural opportunities if you haven’t visited Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center, I would encourage you to do so! The center exists to create a vibrant art, education and cultural experience for people of all ages and to maintain Monthaven as a Historical Landmark. Their exhibits change so if you have been there before, check it out again to see what is new!

Another cultural experience you may want to have is going to the Sumner County Museum. The museum houses many artifacts from the prehistoric age to the present-day computer age, and many items from the early pioneer days of the county, the War Between the States, the world wars and more modern items from all around Sumner County. It will give you a new perspective on the county that you live in! The Sumner County Museum is just a short drive to downtown Gallatin.

Lastly, but probably my own personal favorite is the trails that you can walk in Hendersonville and the surrounding area. When the weather isn’t blazing hot, grab your tennis shoes and hit a trail. The Hendersonville Greenway can be accessed from Drake’s Creek Park or parking off of Saundersville Rd. The Station Camp Greenway is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail that features a river and is great for walking, nature trips or biking.

The days of summer going by, be sure to not just talk about the things that you would like to do some day, get out and about! Explore something new! Visit something you have visited before and see what is new to you! If you are a senior in need of assistance in transportation to get to these destinations, give Community Life Ride a call at 615-431-2660. Our volunteer drivers would love to head to these places and they may even visit them along with you!

Christine Martin is director of the Community Life Ride program.

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