Winchester, TN Area Guide

General Information

Winchester, just a stone’s throw away from Nashville, Chattanooga and Huntsville, is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby big city. Winchester, where you can soak up the sun, fish for your dinner by the lake or find a great bargain shopping, is a great place to enjoy the life you’ve worked so hard for.

Tims Ford Dam along the Elk River helped bring about the wonderful lifestyle around 1966, with the project completed in 1972 and making recreation the number one ‘thing to do’ in Winchester. Great boating and fishing for bass on a lazy weekend after a hard work week waits for you, so come give us a look see, you’ll love it! The next thing you know, you’ll be contacting your Realtor to find you that perfect house that’s just waiting for you!

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Created as the seat of justice for Franklin County, Winchester came into being by an act of the Tennessee Legislature in 1809.

From legendary frontier man Davy Crockett to Dinah Shore, Winchester is a place anyone who loves history can call paradise. Historic architecture, the early settler’s stories, Native Americans, and three wars have left their long and interesting historic marks on Winchester.

Named for James Winchester, an American Revolutionary soldier and also the first Speaker of the Tennessee Legislature, Winchester became a Brigadier General in the War of 1812. Also of note is The Mary Sharp College (originally the Tennessee and Alabama Female Institute), founded in 1851 and offering a unique curriculum for the day, with classes modeled after what was being taught at such prestigious schools like Amherst, Brown and the University of Virginia.

Occupied by first the Confederate Army then Union troops during the Civil War, it lay on the line of retreat to Chattanooga during the campaign on 1863. Today, Winchester has grown to a community who enjoys the leisure activities of boating and fishing, basking in the sun and appreciating the quiet lifestyle after the long work week.

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Attractions & Activities

Harvey’s Garden

Open every day, Harvey’s Garden was created under the care of Harvey’s son and daughter in law, Handley and Becky Templeton. Beautiful flowers and plantings are just waiting for your visit.
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Old Jail Museum

Come take a walk through history at the Old Jail Museum, housing artifacts from the Civil War and pioneer eras, as well as memorabilia of international celebrity Dinah Shore!
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Horseback Riding at the Circle E Guest Ranch

Just eight miles from Winchester, Circle E offers 120 miles of marked trails where you can enjoy majestic views of mountains, caves, waterfalls and all kind of wildlife.
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Parks & Recreation

Tims Ford State Park

Tims Ford State Park, located on the Tims Ford Reservoir in the rolling hills of southern middle Tennessee, is an outstanding recreational area and fishing paradise. Long before the construction of Tims Ford Dam on the headwaters of the Elk River, the area was used extensively by the Indians as a hunting and fishing territory. Archaeological excavations uncovered numerous artifacts and occupational sites, indicating that man had occupied the area as much as 10,000 to 12,000 years ago.

The 10,700-acre Tims Ford Lake is one of the most picturesque in Tennessee and is regarded as one of the top bass fishing and recreational lakes in the Southeast.

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Events Calendar


Jack Daniel’s World Champion BBQ Contest Bring your A game to the contest and win!

Downtown Merchants Open House Shop Downtown Winchester for great savings up to 90%!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town! Downtown Winchester is the place to be! Pictures with Santa, face painting, fire truck rides and more wait for you!

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Margaret & Ashley Lynch
Margaret & Ashley Lynch
23 S College Street Winchester TN 37398