Nearly entire town of Watertown on historic register

Watertown, Tennessee

WATERTOWN, Tenn. (WKRN) – This week’s Middle Tennessee Monday takes us 45 minutes out of Nashville to eastern Wilson County.

Every week News 2 is on the lookout for some of the best kept secrets in Middle Tennessee and this week we found small town Watertown in Wilson County, about 40 miles east of Nashville.

It’s like taking a step back in time.

Watertown Chamber of Commerce President, Cathy McCook, says, “It’s interesting the different opportunities there are for people to enjoy this slower pace of life here.”

Nearly all of Watertown, Tennessee, is on the historic register.

The picturesque town has been home to many music videos, including Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel.”

All of the shops have been architecturally preserved to make visitors feel like little has changed since the turn of the century and they love visitors.

A few times a year as many as 500 people take a train into Watertown.

It’s a quick getaway to small town life. Visitors stroll from shop to shop and eat at all of the local favorites.

Nona Lisa’s Pizzeria spoiled News 2 with some of their famous “Nonna bread”. They’re always happy to see first timers.

Watertown Historic President, Becky Taylor, says, “But what we really want is those people that have visited us with the train to come back because as you have found out you’re 45 minutes from downtown Nashville so this is not that far out people enjoy coming and having a leisurely day. Sit in the square on the gazebo for a few minutes.”

Watertown even has their own drive-in theater where you can end your perfect day trip.

There really is something there for everyone.

“My husband and I have traveled quite a bit,” says Taylor. “But we’re always anxious to see those hills of Tennessee and our little town when we get back.”

Click here for more information on visiting Watertown.

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