Old Hickory, Tennessee
Here is the second biggest "Hickory" town in the USA, Old Hickory, TN. The residential part of town lies on the north side of SR 45, quiet and rather attractive. Established for a big Dupont factory in the late 1930s, with workers' houses packed in tightly and of the smallish size of the era. The town is situated in a bend of the Cumberland River, essentially a peninsula with Old Hickory Lock forming a lake north of the town and releasing the river to curl south of the town as well.
All along the water tower locals keep the view. Southern women come and go, barefoot servants too.
Like most good small towns across America, Old Hickory, Tennessee has a Christian church of seemingly every denomination juxtaposed by markets selling cheap beer and cigarettes.
Old Hickory has a regal post office, with the stonework they just don't build in today's less ornate style. The post office sits at the Old Hickory Triangle, an intersection of Old Hickory Blvd, Donelson Ave, and Bryan St that formerly served as the commercial center. With the Dupont factory a fraction of its glory days, and American car travel as it is, the SR 45 (called Robinson Rd in town) is the main drag with commercial activity.
The big draw just south of Old Hickory, TN is the Hermitage, the estate and museum of former President Andrew Jackson. The battle leader that routed Brits and Native Americans before becoming our 7th President was first a land-claim lawyer and planter. He bought the Hermitage in his late 30s and acquired more to total over 1,000 acres. Now it's a National Historic Landmark.
Just about everything in the area is named Old Hickory or Rachel. The park pictured below is in the center of the residential part of town. The Tulip Grove house is connected to the Hermitage property, the house where Rachel's nephew lived. Although the land that Andrew Jackson owned does not overlap with the actual town of Old Hickory, their proximity makes it no surprise that the town would name itself in honor of such a national figure.
The Hermitage has several horses and cows munching around the grounds.
That ends our trip through Old Hickory, Tennessee. Click next to hickory furniture or read about other towns named Hickory.