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Andrew Jackson, seventh U.S. president and a Battle of New Orleans hero of the War of 1812, is said to have carved "this is War Trail Creek" onto a beech tree near present day Wartrace.  The name Wartrace evolved from the Native Americans' various words for war-path. When Tennessee's first railroad was built through Bedford County in 1852, the settlement became known as Wartrace Depot.

Internationally regarded by equine enthusiasts as the cradle of the Tennessee Walking Horse and home of the first National Grand Champion Strolling Jim (1939), Wartrace is known for its civil war history, world famous hand crafted guitars and its preserved historic architecture.

Wartrace has approximately 140 structures listed in the National Register of Historic Places, with the large majority encompassed under the "Wartrace Historic District." The historic district runs primarily along Main Street, Spring Street, Vine Street and Knob Creek Road. 139 houses and structures were approved for the register on July 31, 1991 and listed as Italianate, Queen Anne, Bungalow, Classic Revival, and Minimal Traditional styles. Previously on June 8, 1984, the Walking Horse Hotel (originally The Overall Hotel) was approved for the register. 

The Town of Wartrace hosts a number of events every year, including a July 4th celebration, Halloween in the Park, Movie Nights, Music Under the Wellhouse, a town-wide yard sale in August, and other events throughout the year.

We are pleased to invite you to visit Wartrace, the little town where time stands still!


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Wartrace is located in the rolling hills of Tennessee Walking Horse country. We are just a short drive to Shelbyville and Bell Buckle, and a little more than an hour from Nashville. Rich in history and having an abundance of natural beauty, Wartrace is the proud home of gorgeous architecture, talented artists and musicians, and country charm.

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