March 8, 2012
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I drive a lot in my new job & I keep discovering places in Tennessee that I've never seen before & that I kind of want to live in... A couple of weeks ago, I was really into Lewisburg. I'll have to do another post on Lewisburg later as it was raining the day I was there & I couldn't snap any pics. But trust, it's awesome.
Well, snooze you lose, Lewisburg. I'm into Lynchburg now. Ya'll. Have you been to Lynchburg? Sober? It's sooo nice! I had no idea! Also? Little Richard lives there. Seriously!
I started in Winchester & drove south on Hwy 50 to Lynchburg. Highway 50 is where it's at. Literally, it's where Little Richard's house is. You can't see it from the road, but I obtained top secret intel on where it is, so I'm totally going to find it next time.
The homes & farms on Hwy 50 are GORGEOUS. It's one of the prettiest drives I've taken. I want to live in one of those houses. Then you get into Lynchburg proper & it's so nice. The square is clean & current & uber populated with tourists. It's kind of nuts for a small town 75 miles south of Nashville. If I know two things, it's that women be shopping & people love Jack Daniels.
I'm not into whiskey & I've never been to the Jack Daniels Distillery, but I drove past it while I was there & now I kind of want to take the tour. The distillery is honestly a little terrifying. It's HUGE. And there are all these haunted looking buildings back in the hills where the barrels live. It's the oldest registered distillery in the U.S. & averages over 250,000 visitors a year. All Jack Daniels Whiskey is produced here.
Not that fascinated with whiskey? Lynchburg hosts all kinds of events year-round. The Oak Barrel Half Marathon is there in April. They host the Tennessee Walking Horse Show in July. And there's a Jack Daniels World Championship Barbecue in October that I've already been told not to miss. Noted.
Lynchburg has a big motorcycle population. Apparently it's a convenient stopping place for a lot of long rides in Tennessee. There's a Harley Davidson on the square, so I think there's a big Harley presence, but I hear it's just a popular place for riders to stop & hang-out in general. Take note, riders.
Lynchburg is beautiful. I can't believe I had never been there. If in 20-30 years, I go off the grid & you can't find me, don't worry, I'll be in my country home in Lynchburg, assuredly running a Little Richard ghost tour. Believe it.