This past Saturday we again visited Monterey, Tennessee, for their Springtime on the Mountain Festival. At the beginning of the twentieth century Monterey was a mountain-resort town that boasted seven hotels catering to summer visitors escaping the heat of the lowlands.
Today its economy is based on agribusiness and retail. It is home to the Standing Stone, an 8-ft. tall rock that once marked the boundary between the Cherokee and Shawnee. Its Native American heritage is celebrated with another festival, Standing Stone Day, which this year is scheduled for October 8. Click here for additional information.
The Tennessee Central Railroad runs an excursion train out from Nashville for each of the town's festivals. Click here for more information on the Tennessee Central Railway Museum and its excursion schedule.
And if there is a quilter in the family, no trip to Monterey is complete without a visit to Purple Mountain Quilt Shop.
Liz Osuch and staff offer a friendly atmosphere, great prices, and outstanding service. Even grumpy spouses are treated well.