Lynchburg

10 Fun Things To Do in Lynchburg, TN

Lynchburg, Tennessee is a quaint little town filled with southern charm and world-renowned whiskey, Jack Daniel’s. Located southeast of Nashville, Tennessee, a non-stop trip will take approximately 1 hour and 31 minutes, following the I-24 route. If you’re ever nearby in Southern Middle Tennessee, take a detour and discover the beautiful place our family calls ‘home’!

Lynchburg Square

Here are our top 10 favorite places in Lynchburg:

Jack Daniel’s Distillery

Jack Daniel's Distillery

Sipped around the world but every drop is made right here in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Stop by the distillery to have one our guides tell you the story and guide you through the process of how each drop becomes a bottle. You’ll hear a few interesting facts about Jack, too! One of my personal favorite tour guides is Mr. Dusty! He’s full of information, stories, and always provides a bonus with his entertainment. Check out www.JackDaniels.com (You must be 18+!) to discover more about the tours, price, special events, and more!

Reader Question: Can you drink Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey at the distillery?

Answer: Yes! The distillery offers different tours with the option to try the Tennessee Whiskey. Age restrictions apply. Please check out the tour descriptions on the website.

Reader Question: Can you buy Jack Daniel’s Whiskey in Lynchburg?

Answer: At this time, you can only purchase souvenir bottles at the The White Rabbit Saloon located at the distillery.

Check out this gem I found in a box of pictures that my mama gave me - circa 1983 - Jack Daniel's Distillery
Check out this gem I found in a box of pictures that my mama gave me – circa 1983.

If you take a bottle or two of Jack Daniel’s Whiskey home, check out some of my favorite recipes to try:

Gentleman Jack Daniel’s Whiskey BBQ Sauce

Whiskey Cream Cheese Frosted Banana Bars

Tennessee Fire Vanilla Pear Butter

Bacon Tennessee Apple Whiskey Cheesecake

Tennessee Apple Cheesecake Dip

Tennessee Fire Apple Cider Jello Shots

Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House Restaurant

Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House Restaurant

Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House Restaurant offers a southern dining experience like no other! Since 1908, visitors from around the world have enjoyed the best home cooking in beautiful, downtown Lynchburg. Reservations are required; every guest is sure to enjoy a unique experience! For menu information, hours, or to make reservations, visit www.jackdaniels.com/en-us/Miss-Mary-Bobos-Restaurant (You must be 18+ to visit the site!)

You can also bring some of Miss Mary Bobo’s best recipes home to your kitchen to host a dinner like you’d receive on-site! Try the crispy fried chicken, meat loaf, country ham, or roast beef with fresh homemade rolls, vegetables, or cornbread!

Take a Pic in the Big Blue Chair!

My boys in the Big Blue Chair

The Big Blue Chair has been around Lynchburg since 2014. Created by Kevin Sanders and Tim Yannayon, this bright blue chair has become a fun way for people to remember their stop here. To avoid a controversy between TN and AL fans, rather than painting it orange or crimson, the chair was painted blue – in honor of our very own Moore County Raiders. Pictures submitted to our local Chamber of Commerce are shared on their Facebook page. People from all around the world are featured sitting in the Big Blue Chair! This picture of my boys was taken in 2015 – we are definitely due for a new one!

Lynchburg Old Jail Museum

The Lynchburg Old Jail Museum holds a special place in our family’s heart and history. My father-in-law served for a short time with our local law enforcement. During his time, he worked from this “old” location. Every few years, our family enjoys a tour (free — but they gladly accept donations!) to look at the artifacts held inside. Every time we visit, I discover new items I haven’t noticed before. My husband can tell his own stories about spending time in there with his dad and he can easily name most of the people you’ll see photos of on the walls. It was built in 1893 and remained in use until 1990. Be sure to add it to your list to visit!

Lynchburg Winery

Lynchburg Winery

Wine in a whiskey town? A little ironic but it works for us! With one of the largest tasting rooms in Tennessee, you can experience sweet or dry and everything in between. They’ve even hosted Paint Nights and Singer/Songwriter nights full of fun and talent! One of my favorite wins is their Blackberry. It’s seasonal, but well worth the wait every year. Visit the Lynchburg Winery website to learn more!

Barrelhouse BBQ

If your belly starts rumbling and begging for food during your visit, a stop at Barrelhouse BBQ is a must! Home to the Grilled Cheese on Crack, if you go away hungry, it’s your own fault! Chuck’s BBQ was featured on BBQ Pitmasters and once you get a taste, you’ll see why – it’s delicious! Our family enjoys a stop at the restaurant before Friday night football games. Each year since opening, Barrelhouse BBQ has received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence. Learn more on their website www.barrelhousebbqtn.com.

Lynchburg Cake & Candy Company

Lynchburg Cake & Candy Company

If you love sweets, The Lynchburg Cake and Candy Co. will be a special treat! Mr. Bill Thomas and his wife took a 135+ year old family recipe and modified it to include a local taste of Jack Daniels Whiskey. Today, they offer several products include Jack Daniels such as pralines, whiskey balls, and more. Free tours are offered daily. Visit their website for more information or to place an order!

Lynchburg City Cemetery

Lynchburg City Cemetery

This is another place within Lynchburg that holds a lot of memories for my husband. He helped his father, mother, and sisters mow in between the graves in this local cemetery. On the grounds, you’ll find Jack Daniel’s grave, along with a couple of chairs. While this isn’t necessarily a “tourist” stop, if you’re interested in history, you’ll get a feel for our community here. Please be respectful to the grounds if you choose to visit.

Lynchburg Hardware & General Store

Lynchburg Square

If you’re in need of a memento from your visit to Lynchburg, a stop at the Lynchburg Hardware & General Store is a must. They carry authentic Jack Daniel’s Whiskey gear including drinkware, apparel, coffee, treats, and more. It’s a gorgeous shop that makes you feel like you’re transported in time when you get soaked into the decor.

Southern Perks Cafe & Bistro

Southern Perks Cafe & Bistro

Southern Perks Cafe & Bistro is a tasty stop right on the square in downtown Lynchburg. When I worked in town, our office would frequently order lunch and desserts for special events. Their own special selection of menu items is completely different from anything else you’ll find in town. The fresh selection of pastries and a piping hot cup of coffee are the perfect start to any visit in Lynchburg!

Honorable Mentions

Over the years, our little town has added new businesses that we wanted to be sure and highlight here. We hope you’ll stop by and enjoy a few!

Click here to check out our list of Hidden Gems in Lynchburg, Tennessee!

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19 Comments

  1. I’ve never been, but I did go to Covenant College, which is in TN. No idea how close (or not) it is to Lynchburg, though. I bet if I were there, I’d stop in at the bakery and cafe.

  2. Haven’t been to Lynchburg in a long time. (I was going to use a Southern expression I learned decades ago- but I always wonder if it really isn’t referencing a raccoon.)
    Long before the Big Blue Chair.
    Those restaurants and eateries (not the coffee shop, which must also be new) don’t offer fare of which I would partake, though.

  3. Thanks for the great list of things to see/do when we visit! We traveled fulltime for a few years, but didn’t spend much time in Tennessee… (obviously something great we missed!)

  4. Thanks for sharing this great list. I have been in Lynchburg once for a short time but only made it to the Jack Daniels Distillery. I think we saw the jail, but not sure. Definitely looks familiar in your picture. Will have to check it out next time we are in the area. My grandma was from Dresden, TN (if you know where that is) and we get out to the area once in a while. Thanks for sharing this post and info.

  5. I’ve never been there, but I now know where to go if I ever am! Thanks for showcasing your town 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by, Emily! Other than Jack, not a lot of people rush here but we’re pretty proud of our quaint little hometown! I always enjoy my time here best during the fall when the trees are all beautiful rich shades.

  6. Robert Yaro

    I will be visiting Lynchburg Wednesday June 26! Taking a whiskey tour from Nashville!

    • Awesome! I’ve heard the tours are some of the best around — be sure to let me know how you enjoy it! It’s going to be a hot but gorgeous day to visit this wonderful little town of ours. Are you doing the taste tour and do you have a favorite? I’m partial to the Fire, myself.

  7. Is there much shopping in downtown Lynchburg?

    • Oh yes! We have a several wonderful gift shops (including Thelma + Louise, Sully’s, Jackie’s, Southern Grace Market, the Hardware store) as well as a wonderful place to pick up some gorgeous artwork from “behind the scenes” of Jack Daniel Distillery from Three Grain Studio. We also have an antique shop and several places to grab a bite to eat or a sweet treat!

      • MICHELLE A WEAVER

        Does the town close down on Sundays? Thinking of doing the JD tour on a Sunday, but would like to be able to meander the town. 🙂 Thanks!

        • Hi Michelle! Most shops on the square are open on Sunday (unless there is a family emergency or something like that). Everything does close up a little early — between 4 and 6 pm. But if you do an earlier tour, that should give you plenty of time to sight-see! I hope you enjoy your visit!

  8. Jeri Sellers

    Ms Shelly, I am so glad I read your newsletter tonight about 15 places you have to visit in Lynchburg. Hubs and I are heading in that direction this Saturday.we didn’t realize we would have several to choose. Our main event will be the distillery but are happy to have found a few more gems. Thank you for your newsletter!

    • Thank you Jeri! I am very happy that it was helpful for y’all. I hope that you enjoy your visit here in Lynchburg and find some new favorite places to stop! Be sure to let me know how your trip goes!

  9. Sandy Klocinski

    I’ve never been to Lynchburg. Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House Restaurant looks awesome! I’m obviously missing a great experience. I’m only a hop, skip and a jump away in Kentucky though so maybe when (if) we are ever able to travel safely again…

  10. Great list Shelly! I’ve been to Jack Daniels and taken the tour a couple of times, was very interesting and informative. Our 8 yr. old grandson loved it! Have eaten at the Southern Perks as well. Have also shopped in the General store a few times. Lots of goodies there! We used to get to Lynchburg more often when they sponsored the motorcycle rallies, they were always a lot of fun. Loved going down memory lane with your list.
    Do they still have the little machines outside some of the stores where you could get the flattened pennies with # 7 on them? All of the grandkids thought those were so special. 😉

    • Thank you, Liz! I’m so happy to hear that you and your grandkids have special memories related to Lynchburg. There is something incredibly special about this little town every time you visit. Living here is truly a blessing. Hopefully once the world is a little healthier, our local area can begin hosting more events again. I always love seeing tourists out and about. We do still have the penny machine! If I’m not mistaken, it’s still outside of Sully’s/Cowboy Jack’s! Hope you get a chance to visit again soon. Thank you for sharing your memories of Lynchburg!

  11. Kira Santora

    Hello,
    My name is Kira, I grew up back east. Lived in Indiana, Virginia and north carolina. My dad was in the navy and retired in this yicky state of California. I want out. A realtor sent me a place to check out in your city. Looks beautiful there. I had a question for you I am a type 1 diabetic, how is the medical in the city, is there a local hospital? Really love what I’ve seen.
    Thank you for any info you can give me about your beautiful city.
    Kira

    • Hi Kira! As you can see, we are a very small town and have a local doctor’s office and a walk-in clinic, but the closest hospitals are about 20 minutes away. One is in Fayetteville and the other is in Tullahoma. We do have a 911 emergency center with an ambulance for the county. From personal experience, I can tell you that the crew here is wonderful and very good at their job. They helped get me to the hospital quickly and save my life in 2017.

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