Lynchburg Tennessee is a town full of contradictions. It is the second smallest county in Tennessee and has a population of less than 7,000 but welcomes over 250,000 visitors each year. It is home to, Jack Daniels, the oldest registered distillery in the United States, but you can not purchase alcohol in the county. These things certainly help make this town more interesting, but even without them the town is beautiful and full of great things to do.
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Jack Daniels Distillery
It would be hard to talk about Lynchburg Tennessee and not spend a lot of time talking about Jack Daniels. This international brand is woven in to the fabric of the town. Some mornings, you can actually smell the whiskey in the air. Just about every store has some sort of Jack souvenir from T-shirts to shot glasses. About the only thing Jack Daniels related you can’t buy is Jack Daniels.
A lot of the Distillery buildings can be seen just driving through the town, but the only way to really experience it is to take the tour. The Jack Daniels Distillery hosts multiple tours daily. There are different tours depending on how much time you want to spend on it. I recommend you go all in and take Angel’s Share Tour or the Flight of Jack Tour. Each of these tours is about an hour and a half long and ends with a small tasting of Jack Daniels.
The Angel’s Share Tour starts with a guided walk through the distillery, and ends with a tasting of Single Barrel Select, Single Barrel Rye, Barrel Proof, and Sinatra Select. The cost for this tour is $22 per adult and is only available to those who are over 18 (must be 21 or over to sample).
The Flight of Jack Tour starts with a guided walk through the distillery as well. It ends with a tasting of Gentleman Jack, Old No. 7 (Black Label), Single Barrel Select, and two of the flavored Whiskeys: Tennessee Fire (Cinnamon Flavored) and Tennessee Honey. This tour is $17 and the same age restrictions apply as the Angel’s Share Tour.
For those of you who like to get things done in a hurry, check out the Mr. Jack Toast in the Hollow Tour. This tour takes your around the square and through the Distillery in a motor coach. It’s a whole lot easier than walking the whole tour. Finish it off with a sample of Old No. 7. This tour is $13 and is only available to adults 18 and over (must be 21 or over to sample).
If you do not want to taste, or you have minors on with you there are other tours you can take. The Dry County Distillery Tour lasts about an hour and ten minutes. This guided walk through the distillery is loaded with stories. You get to see how whiskey is made and learn the history of the distillery and Mr. Jack Daniels himself. This tour is $14 for adults over 18, $7 for Youth (10-18), and Free for Children under 10.
For the safety of their visitors Jack Daniels does not allow certain items on the tours: Bags / Backpacks, Purses, Weapons, Strollers, and Bottles are not allowed.
You are allowed to bring a Fanny Pack, Clutch/Wallet, Service Animals, Cameras, and Baby Slings.
It is important that you bring Identification, dress for an outdoor tour, and wear comfortable walking shoes. There is a lot of walking on the tour.
Historic Downtown Lynchburg Square
Wrapping around its Court House, Lynchburg Tennessee’s historic square is the heart of the town. It is home to an number of shops, restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Located Just off the square, the Moore County Jail Museum provides visitors with a brief glimpse into the old county jail. Once the new jail was completed in 1990, the old jail (in operation for almost 100) years was converted a to museum housing historical clothing, artifacts, and even the actual jail cells the inmates occupied. For only a dollar for admission, you can’t go wrong.
Lynchburg Tennessee isn’t all whiskey. Owned by two families of grape growers and wine makers, Lynchburg Winery is out to tell the rest of this town’s story. This area has been home to great wine makers for generations, and now, you have the opportunity to taste some of these wonderful wines. The winery is located on the square at 34 Hiles Street and also has online ordering available.
There are a lot of shops around the square. Whether you are looking for souvenirs, antiques, moon pies, local art, or blue jeans, you can find it on Lynchburg Tennessee’s Square. If all of the shopping wears you out, sit a spell with Mr. Jack and recover.
There is no shortage of Jack Daniels memorabilia around Lynchburg, but you would be missing out if you didn’t stop by the Lynchburg Hardware & General Store. This store has two floors full of Jack Daniels merchandise you won’t find anywhere else.
What small southern town would be complete without a Harley Davidson Shop? Lynchburg Tennessee has one located right on the square. Stop by and see what they have for you. Get a t-shirt or a new ride and hit the open road!
Big Blue Chair
Don’t forget to get your picture in the Big Blue Chair. Located right across the street from the Harley shop is the biggest blue chair I’ve ever seen. Take your picture in it, share it with The Metro Lynchburg Moore County Chamber of Commerce and they will share it on their Facebook page!
Where to Eat in Lynchburg Tennessee
Every small town has a great little diner. In Lynchburg Tennessee that distinction falls to Lynchburg Fix’ns. Serving up hand patted burgers, great breakfast food, and Friday Fish Fries, this little diner is hard to beat. Reasonably priced with great service, I try to stop in whenever I am in the area.
Ms. Mary Bobo’s Boarding House
You haven’t been to Lynchburg until you have eaten at Ms. Mary Bobo’s Boarding House. Serving home cooked traditional food since 1908 it is a model of Southern Hospitality. Reservations are required for this family style lunch. They have a 1 pm seating and on busy days an 11 am seating. Do not miss out on this. It is southern style and all you can eat. Everyone is seated at the same time and food is passed to everyone just like the good ole days.
Lynchburg Cake and Candy
Lynchburg Cake and Candy Company was started in 2003. Mr. Bill Thomas perfected a 135 year old family recipe for Lynchburg Whiskey Cake and built his business around it. Let me tell you that is a solid foundation. The cake is made with local product and the shop also offers sweets such as: Lynchburg Whiskey Balls, Lynchburg Whiskey Praline Pecans and Old Fashioned Jam Cake. Free tours are offered daily. Be sure to stop in and see what they are cooking up!
Where to Stay in Lynchburg Tennessee
Looking for a unique place to stay while in Lynchburg? This Cedar Cabin is 3 miles from the distillery. It has 2 bedrooms with king sized beds, two bathrooms, a game room, and a wrap around deck. This charming cabin would make a great weekend retreat.
Lavender Farm Cottage
This cozy cottage at Lavender farm is 7 miles to the historic square. It is located on a 1860’s farm once owned by famous distiller Jack Daniel’s brother. As a bonus, regular bookings now include an all-organic breakfast for two delivered to your door! You can spend the afternoon on the porch watching the deer and sheep on this gorgeous farm, or shop for homegrown lavender products and regional crafts in the farm store. This is a wonderful place to spend your weekend in the hollow!
Now you know Jack
Whether you are coming to Lynchburg Tennessee for the Jack Daniels World Championship BBQ Invitational (You really should), Frontier Days, Christmas in The Hollow, or just a fun trip, you will find a welcoming small town with a lot of things to keep you entertained. If you want to see the town in a unique way be sure to check out C & R Buggy Tours to take a Carriage Ride. Be sure to check out the Tullahoma and Winchester while you are there. These towns are only a few minutes away and will definitely add some fun to your trip!
Have you ever been to Lynchburg? What was your favorite thing to do there? Let us know in the comments.