Burns, Tennessee Attractions

Burns, Tennessee Attractions
The town of Burns sits in Dickson County, Tennessee, and was isolated until the mid-1860s, when the Nashville and Northwestern Railroad completed a line past the Harpeth River at Kingston Springs. During the Civil War, Union Soldiers and railroad workers lived in the area. Burns attractions include historic sites that remind you of the city's agrarian past and ancient civilization. State parks offer hiking and outdoor sports amid trees, wildflowers and area wildlife.

Montgomery Bell State Park

Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, Tennessee, features 3,782 acres of rolling hills in Burns, Tennessee. Early settlers found iron ore hidden in the hills, making the area an epicenter of Dickson County's iron industry. Iron pits, furnaces and logging desolated the park. Once the iron industry dissipated, the land healed, trees started growing, wildflowers bloomed and wildlife populations resurged. Now, nature surrounds the remains of Old Laurel Furnace and ore pits. Birds, deer, opossums and raccoons call the hilly landscape home.

Montgomery Bell contains 19 miles of hiking trails, and the park offers day and overnight backpacking options. Other recreation includes a playground, golf, two tennis courts, basketball, swimming in Lake Acorn and softball. An inn and cabin offer accommodations for guests who don't want to camp outdoors.

Montgomery Bell State Park
1020 Jackson Hill Rd.
Burns, Tennessee 37029
(615) 797-9052
tennessee.gov

Old Spencer Mill

Old Spencer Mill Historic Gristmill---a flour-making facility---sits on Parker Creek in Burns, Tennessee. In the early 1800s, Moses Parker and his family settled this area and established a flour mill for corn and wheat grinding and built a cabin residence. In addition, he cleared a large portion of the land for farming. Moses' daughter, Indiana Territory Parker and her husband, Daniel Spencer, continued running the mill after Moses' death in 1856.

Spencer increased the amenities on the property, building a wood and blacksmith shop, two stores, a saw mill and a post office. The Spencer family dismantled the mill in 1919. The 20-foot water wheel and structures remain on the 20-acre property. The facility gives living history tours by appointment only.

Old Spencer Mill Historic Gristmill and Event Location
399 Old Spencer Mill Rd.
Burns, Tennessee 37029
(615) 412-5169
oldspencermill.com

Mound Bottom Archaeological Area

Mound Bottom, a prehistoric Native American village, contains 14 mounds and pottery works in its archaeological site in Burns, Tennessee. According to the "Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture," this area on the Harpeth River valley consists of about 29 flat-topped pyramids on the 500-acre land mass. Archaeologists have found evidence of a thriving Native America community, finding evidence of a fortification, homes, frames and commercial buildings. Artifacts include jewelry, headdresses and evidence of trade between native cultures in the Appalachians and Lake Superior. Montgomery Bell State Park and the Tennessee Division of Archaeology supervise the dig site. The areas around the Harpeth River offer outdoor recreation such as boating and fishing along the river.

Mound Bottom Archaeological Area
1020 Jackson Hill Rd.
Burns, Tennessee 37029
(615) 797-6096
tnvacation.com

Article Written By Cicely A. Richard

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .

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