Exploring ABC’s Nashville in Georgia

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning, the air is getting cooler, and our favorite shows are back on the air. Watching ABC’s Nashville makes me yearn for a trip to Music City. But why go so far when you can visit Nashville right here in Georgia.

The city of Nashville, Georgia is located in Berrien County just a short drive off I-75 in South Georgia. It’s a picture perfect quaint Southern town with a 100- year-old courthouse surrounded by brick sidewalks, boutiques, and a park that is a gathering place for locals. It’s the kind of place that might be the impetus for a good country song or two.

Johnny Cash sang about the Folsom Prison Blues, but in Nashville, Georgia, the jail included gallows. The Old Berrien County Jail was built in 1903 and now is on the National Register of Historic Places. The infamous gallows, was the site of the last hanging in Berrien County. Make a reservation for a weekday tour of the Old Berrien County Jail at the Historical Foundation office in the old courthouse. It’s free.

Every good country song has a bit of drinking involved. In Nashville, Georgia, visit the original location for Horse Creek Winery, which also has a second location in nearby Sparks. Come sit a spell on the rocking chair porch, or visit Wed. – Sat. for the wine tasting and tour. Take your time as you enter the lodge to admire the French mural, or sit at the handcrafted bar and look out over the 40 acres of muscadine vines. Ed and Andrea Perry make gracious hosts.

The best place near Nashville, Georgia to jot down your latest lyrics on a napkin is Rays Mill Pond. Rays is famous for fish dinners with all the trimmings. If you like to walk the line a bit, try the Gator dinner topped off with some homemade banana pudding.

To learn more about what to do in Southwest Georgia, visit Field Trips with Sue.


Published: September 2015