Photos courtesy Maury County CVB
Location | Maury County is located near the center of Tennessee. It is 46 miles south of Nashville and 76 miles north of Huntsville, Alabama.
Size | Columbia, the Maury County seat, has a population of 35,000. The population of the entire county is about 82,000.
Distinctive Maury County
Maury County is known as the “Antebellum Capital of Tennessee” because of the large number of restored homes that were built before the Civil War. Visitors are always reminded that those homes were witnesses to events that took place in the mid-1800s.
Surprising Maury County
The Duck River, which winds its way through Maury County, has a rich variety of freshwater animal species. The Duck supports a remarkable variety of freshwater animals, including 151 species of fish, 55 mussel species and 22 species of aquatic snails. The local treasure is terrific not only for fishing but also for kayaking and canoeing.
New in Maury County
The rolling farmland in Maury County and the surrounding areas has proven fertile for growing grapes and producing wine. Many new wineries and vineyards have popped up in recent years.
Four local wineries offer free tastings along with their lovely scenery. Amber Falls Winery and Cellars, Keg Springs Winery and Natchez Hills Winery are all in the Hampshire area. Pickers Creek Winery is in the Lewisburg area right on the southern edge of Maury County.
Eventful Maury County
The largest event in Maury County is Mule Day, a celebration of all things mule. Mule Day takes place the last weekend in March or the first weekend in April every year. During the weeklong event, there are mule drives and pulls, a liars contest, live music and a huge parade on Saturday.
On the last weekend in September, the Southern Fried Festival takes center stage on Columbia’s beautiful square. The event is filled with arts and crafts, a children’s fun zone, live entertainment and, of course, fried food.
Spring Hill’s Ham Festival, the first weekend in October, offers great food, family fun and live entertainment. At the end of October, the Mount Pleasant Scarecrow Festival celebrates autumn with a scarecrow contest, music and down-home fun.
During the first weekend in December, the Maury County Christmas Historic Home Tour kicks off the holiday season. Many of the antebellum homes are festively decorated and open to tours.