The past echoes all around Smyrna, and it is the best way possible for your children to learn about the country’s Civil War and how it changed the fate and face of the nation. Stay with Choice Hotels and you will be an easy trip away from the historic sights and more, including:
Step back into the South’s past at the Sam Davis Home where you can get a sense of this Confederate “boy hero”… and the way that people lived in Confederate times. Watch the film to get grounded in the context and ask as many questions as you would like—the staff is very knowledgeable.
If you would like to just celebrate the present rather than the past, take your family to the Walden Pumpkin Farm, where—in addition to hundreds of pumpkins—you can experience hay rides, a corn maze, a petting zoo and even a kid-friendly haunted house. Food is available and is all wholesome and delicious.
From the agricultural to the industrial, no visit to Smyrna is complete without checking out the Nissan Motor Manufacturing Plant. Do you know which car parts are put together by robots and which ones by humans? You will once you have been on this tour, given on Tuesdays and Thursdays (you must book well ahead of time to get on one). Put on your hard hat and your goggles and see what goes into making the cars you see every day. Who knows, it might even inspire you to own one someday!
Stones River National Battlefield is a memorial to all the thousands of men who were killed on this site, in one of the most significant battles of the Civil War. You can see musket and cannon firing demonstrations, hear the stories of battle survivors and see one of the places that forever changed the war for the Union.
A visit to the BelleMeade Plantation is another way to step back in time, though without the violent associations of the battlefields. The plantation’s tagline is “history, horses, hospitality” and it keeps alive the original owner’s interest in thoroughbred racing that made BelleMeade the preeminent stud farm and “nursery” for the industry. Combine a visit to the mansion and the stables with a free wine tasting at the plantation winery.
Finally, a little out of town and centuries off from BelleMeade, visit the Nashville Speedway for a change of pace. Built in 2001, the track currently hosts three major races: two NASCAR Nationwide Series races and a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The permanent seating capacity is 50,000 seats, so you can be sure that there is a place there for you.
Stay at one of the Smyrna, TN hotels below for a cozy and delightful stay, no matter whether you want to go back in history to BelleMeade or forward (at hundreds of miles per hour) at the Nashville Speedway. Either way, book now, because a warm bed and friendly staff are waiting for you!
Brentwood, TN, US, 37027-2926
Nashville, TN, US, 37203
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