Hickman County is richly blessed with many, small places that are very interesting, very pretty, unusual, of historic significance, or blessed with other features that are uncommon in other regions. The Chamber of Commerce maintains a listing of such places along with contact information for visitors.

John Noel Natural Area

John Noel Natural Area at Bon Aqua is a 35-acre area located in Hickman County. It supports a small remnant forest that has old growth forest characteristics.

Historical Society

Located on the main floor of the Old Courthouse on the Town Square in Centerville.  There one will find historical books for sale as well as additional books and information for in-office genealogy research.

Minnie Pearl Center

A small museum in the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce is open to the public giving tribute to Hickman County’s Minnie Pearl, Del Reeves, Beth Slater Whitson, and other local entertainers.  Visitor information is also available.


Nacome Conference Center

For over a hundred years it was known as the Beaverdam Springs Resort and was a favorite vacation site for President James K. Polk.  Purchased in 1939 by the Presbyterian Synod of Tennessee, NaCoMe is today the largest Christian conference center in the midsouth.

Tarkington Store

R.D. and Edith Tarkington opened Tarkington General Store in 1927 and started a family tradition that lives today.  Now the store is co-owned by their son, C.W. Tarkington, his wife, Elizabeth, and their daughter, Pam Allen.  People near and far return to yesteryear at this one-of-a-kind old country store.  Located at 6688 Hassell’s Creek Rd., Lyles. It is occasionaly open for musical events.

James Buchanan Walker Home

Located on West End Avenue in Centerville, it is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The home is privately owned but is open to the public on the Christmas Tour of Homes.

Grinders Switch

In the 1900’s, Grinder’s Switch was a shipping town.  In more recent times, this quiet farm community has become known all over the word as the home town of Mine Pearl, the imaginary spinster of Sara Ophelia Colley Cannon who grew up across the river in Centerville.  Over the years through her comedy, Mrs. Cannon brought laughter to millions.  Through this same comedy, she preserved a valuable picture of life in the h ills of Tennessee during the Twenties and Thirties.