Smithville's Hidden Treasures

by Elizabeth Thompson

Situated directly on historic Highway 70 and home to much of Center Hill Lake’s shoreline, Smithville is an unassuming town in the heart of Tennessee. Like most small towns, this community doesn’t draw crowds for its grand structures or entertainment, with the exception of the annual Fiddler’s Jamboree, but visitors are drawn to Smithville for its hometown feel. There are plenty of spots to enjoy some deep Southern classics served with a portion of sweet tea hospitality. Being so close to Center Hill Lake, many water enthusiasts find themselves in Smithville foraging for food or supplies and may be pleasantly surprised by what they can find here. Some of Smithville’s greatest treasures are not noticed by the casual passerby, but lie tucked away, waiting to be discovered. 

A drive around the courthouse and you will notice that the downtown is quiet with a few adorable shops and several offices. Just off the main square, on Main Street, you will want to make a stop at Button Willow General Store. This little treasure, with a recently added coffee shop, can keep you amused and caffeinated with everything from repurposed wood art to locally made soaps to locally produced spices and sorghum.

If you find yourself in Smithville with kids on a nice day, don’t miss out on one of Smithville’s most noteworthy hidden treasures, Greenbrook Park. This lovely greenspace hosts an adorable brook, a walking trail, a duck pond, pavilions, a stage and one of the most expansive playgrounds that you will find in this area. Established in the 1970’s, the public park and playground are dotted with plaques showing how a community can come together to accomplish a project that will benefit generations to come.

Smithville is home to a variety of industries from manufacturing to farming. One farm worth a visit is Harmony Lane Farm and Creamery. This family-run business is home to “over 100 happy goats” whose milk is used to produce delicious cheeses and soothing soaps and lotions. If you are fortunate to visit when they have goat’s milk fudge in stock, don’t miss the opportunity to try some of the best fudge you will ever taste. Pop in the tiny market for a look at their local products or call ahead to reserve a family-friendly tour of the farm. Goat petting is also available.

 

 

Established in 1881,F.Z. Webb and Son’s Pharmacy has been a landmark in Smithville for generations. Last year, the family-run business moved from downtown to a new location on South Congress Blvd. The new location has allowed them to expand and reopen a soda fountain, a service that the original business discontinued many years ago. At the newly-reopened location, the Webb family offers delicious lunch options, mouthwatering desserts, milkshakes made with Blue Bell ice cream, a gift shop and, of course, a trusted pharmacy.

 

 

For some in-season local produce, be sure to make a stop at Griffin’s Produce. Their selection varies widely depending on the season, from a vast array of tiny seedlings, to giant watermelons to delicious peaches. Just next door, make a stop at Just a Little Southern Charm, a tasteful boutique with great in-style options of women’s clothing and accessories.

 

To check out these hidden treasures and more, book a stay at the Retreat at Center Hill Lake by clicking here! We can't wait to welcome you to Smithville.