Welcome to Watertown, Tennessee – a beautiful escape from the mundane adventures of the modern city to the charming comfort of a village from yesteryear.
Watertown is a steadily growing small enclave in Wilson County, just ten miles outside of Lebanon on Highway 70. Known for our agriculture, our southern charm, and our excursion trains and events, Watertown has made its name on the tourism map of Places to Be.
Several times throughout the year, Watertown plays host to numerous excursion trains from Nashville, carrying hundreds of passengers into the quaint town to visit our shops, dine at our restaurants, and attend our events. Watertown holds some of Wilson County’s most popular events, including the Music Festival, Charity Train Robberies, and the nationally popular Mile Long Yard Sale. We also host two parades during the year – an Independence Day Parade and a Christmas Parade, which was reincarnated in 2014 after a 20 year hiatus.
If you’re yearning for a bite to eat, consider stopping into Watertown for a taste of Italy at Nona Lisa Pizzeria, a recipient of the Best Pizza Place in Wilson County award, or stop in for a cowboy burger and a milkshake at Lulu’s Coffeehouse, where live music hits the stage every weekend. The Depot Junction is another restaurant highlight and has been in business for over 20 years, providing home-cooked food and charm at a great price. There are other great eateries to sample – from Mexican to fried chicken – but these are just some of the ideas to whet the appetite.
Watertown also has a great shopping district, with several antiques stores, specialty shops, and the nationally-renowned Walker Creek Confections candy shop. Recently visited by Tennessee Crossroads, the candy factory is known for making some of the best caramels and toffees in the world.
Also an artist hub, Watertown serves as home to dozens of artists and musicians from all walks of life and different parts of the globe. The artisan community has hosted several art crawls and functions over the years and is front and center during Watertown events.
If you’d like to experience Watertown via the excursion train, the Tennessee Central Railway Museum (TCRM) will be hosting the Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery Trip into Watertown on Saturday, Feb. 14. Be a part of a classic murder mystery aboard the train as you make way to beautiful Watertown for an afternoon of shopping, dining and fun. The full TCRM excursion train schedule can be found online at http://www.trcy.org and the full listing of Watertown events can be found at http://www.watertowntn.com.
But remember, you don’t need an event or a train – or even an excuse – to come and visit Watertown. Stop in anytime, enjoy what all this charming small town has to offer, and discover for yourself the reasons that so many call it home and that so many more make it a destination during their travels year after year. To keep up on everything that Watertown has to offer, subscribe to the town’s newspaper, The Watertown Gazette. Simply call (615) 237-1776 for information.