Seniors Are Welcomed in Cookeville

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So what do you know about Cookeville?  Me either. I was recently reading in Automobile Magazine that several high-end vehicles were being driven from Detroit to New Orleans. In doing so, they passed near Cookeville and called the city the “Paris of Tennessee.

So curious Jim just had to find out more and why. This retired, senior French teacher knows lots about Paris, France but “rien du tout” about Cookeville. Well, let’s get on with it. I discovered right away that Cookeville is also known as the “Hub of the Upper Cumberlands.” The “county town” was named “Cookeville” in honor of Richard F. Cooke, who served in the Tennessee Senate from 1851-1854.

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Cookeville has a population of just over 35,000, but if we combine all those living in Cookeville’s ZIP codes, it runs over 65,000. So they have a lot of neighbors.

It is home to Tennessee Technological University. Today TTU, Nashville State Community College, Medvance Institute and Tennessee Bible College all make up  a significant part of the economic hub.

Senior travelers, check out these “Must See and Do” in town. The Cookeville History Museum is one site I would not want to miss,  featuring an enormous collection of artifacts, photographs and special exhibits, covering the history of Cookeville from prehistoric times through the present.

The Historic West Side of town boasts a fine collection of specialty shops, local restaurants, antique stores and eateries, all within easy walking distance.

‘What A City’, Says Senior Visitors

What a city! Senior visitors and the locals can enjoy art galleries, hiking or picnicking in one of the beautiful parks or wilderness areas. There are three area Corps of Engineers lakes, one inside the county that has 415 miles of shoreline for boating, water skiing or fishing

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So bring along your pole and maybe hook into a record bass. Cummins Falls State Park draws visitors all year round. Located on the beautiful Blackburn Fork State Scenic River, this idyllic 211-acre site in Jackson County is home to Tennessee’s eighth largest waterfall at 75 feet high. Bring along your swimming suits, the Falls has been listed as one of the ten best swimming holes in the United States by Travel & Leisure and Conde Naste magazines.

The old Cookeville Depot Museum will bring back memories of railroad days and trains for many of us. It is ranked the #2 attraction in town after the Cummins Falls. The museum is located in the old Tennessee Central Depot, which served Middle Tennessee’s main rail line in the early 1900s. The depot was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

The Del Monaco Winery and Russell Stover are two other worthy stops.  So plan to stop in town and take in all the amenities next time you are in Tennessee.  jeb

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