Bell Buckle Today
Since its resurgence, Bell Buckle has become a center for arts and crafts and a favorite destination for antiques shopping. Bell Buckle has a long history of celebrating the arts and encouraging artists. Over the years this quaint and quirky Victorian village has been home to a remarkably rich array of writers, musicians, quilters, sculptors, photographers, potters, mosaic artists, painters and Grammy winners.
Through the efforts of local officials and community leaders, Bell Buckle has re-established its former popularity by becoming a nationally recognized mecca for artisans, craftsmen, and antiques. The quaint little town is known far and wide as the destination for antiques, handmade crafts, country music, home-cooking at the world famous Bell Buckle Café, and classic Southern hospitality. Thousands of visitors are drawn each year to visit the charming downtown with its unique shops and eateries and participate in the annual festivals.
A park was built in the early 2000’s, which earned the 2009 Governor’s Stewardship Award. The park features a half-mile walking trail, playground, picnic pavilion, amphitheater, a Level I arboretum, and local art structures. Bell Buckle also has the distinction of being the smallest town in Tennessee to become a Tree City USA and has continued that status since 2000.
The future of Bell Buckle is bright. Old houses are being renovated, families with young children are moving into town, and downtown commerce remains vibrant and healthy. The ingredient that links our past history to our future is the contribution of the many people who have established roots and have kept this community alive. The pure and steady heartbeat of this beloved little town is kept strong by those living here and is embraced by those who visit.
Bell Buckle, Tennessee – Close to home, but a world away.