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A showy surprise of dogwoods, the brilliance of a yellow hickory—our seasons bring stunning splendor to Sumner County.


You’re in the mix of great music when your neighbors are country music celebrities, and Sumner County is home to its fair share of talent. Tap your toes to live music at some amazing local venues, among them: Downtown Gallatin Square, the Long Hollow Jamboree, the Streets of Indian Lake, Trinity Music City USA, Awedaddys and Barefoot Charlie’s. Drop in on Stu Phillips, of Grand Ole Opry fame, at Long Hollow Winery & Vineyards in Goodlettsville. Experience the variety of old and new as they blend in this beautiful area of Middle Tennessee, minutes away from Nashville. Explore our country music heritage. Listen to our legends and stories. Soak in the simplicity of our lake, parks and farms. Discover our history. Participate in outdoor and indoor sporting competitions and games.

Often referred to as “Nashville’s North Shore,” Sumner County is home to the scenic 22,000 acres of water in Old Hickory Lake. One of Tennessee’s best fishing spots, Old Hickory Lake has produced state, national and world-record catches. Some of the world’s top professional anglers have tested their skills here in tournaments. The lake draws recreational anglers who catch largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish and rockfish, and striped freshwater sea bass.

You don’t have to go in the water to experience the charms of Old Hickory Lake. Enjoy waterfront vistas from Lock 4 Park and Bledsoe Creek State Park in Gallatin, or from Memorial Park and Sanders Ferry Park in Hendersonville.

Sumner County offers countless sporting opportunities for all levels and interests, including  golf, tennis, cycling, bowling, horseback riding and running.  If you desire an active lifestyle, there is an opportunity waiting for you. Savor the four seasons while you stay fit. Walk or jog one of the many greenways and trails of Sumner County. Strap on a helmet and go mountain biking on a peninsula at Gallatin’s Lock 4 trail, considered by many to be among the best trails in the region.


Before there was a Tennessee (1796), Sumner County existed (1786). If it’s heritage you are passionate about, Sumner County paints a vivid picture of life in post-colonial, post-Revolutionary War and Civil War periods. The county is fortunate to have eight historic homes and two fort sites open to the public. Well-preserved mansions hold little-seen treasures, including a rare oil painting of George Washington and a set of Martha Washington’s china. Stand in rooms where Andrew Jackson, Sam Houston and other founding fathers of our country had dinner, planned strategy and danced the night away.  


Bledsoe Creek State Park is rich in natural history. It was once a prime hunting ground for the Cherokee, Creek, Shawnee and Chickamauga Native American tribes. The area is home to a wealth of Native American history, along with various historical sites nearby.

“Shopportunities” abound in Sumner County. Discover gems in out-of-the-way-places, as well as upscale shopping centers filled with today’s trendy stores. Pick up souvenirs on Gallatin’s historic square—quaint antiques, one-of-a-kind gifts, locally made apparel and more. With brick streets, storefront benches and light posts, the Streets of Indian Lake in Hendersonville is made for browsing. Or, take in a movie at the Indian Lake Stadium 16 & IMAX.

Sumner County celebrates with every seasonal opportunity. Among the highlights are Christmas parades and 4th of July celebrations (all communities); Mule Days and the Owen Bradley Music Festival (Westmoreland); Square Fest and Mainstreet Fest (Gallatin); Sumner County Fair and Daniel Smith Days at Historic Rock Castle (Hendersonville); and craft shows and the Strawberry Festival (Portland).


After you’ve been out and about experiencing our hospitality and scenery as a year-round destination, indulge yourself at one of the several day spas in Sumner County, devoted to your health, beauty and relaxation.



All the economic, cultural and recreational opportunities come together in Sumner County to offer a fulfilled, contemporary lifestyle. Thirty minutes away are the big city amenities of Nashville, including symphony, museums, and professional and college sports.

Examples of 200k Homes


Cozy House

$216,000 / 1,409 square feet


Spacious Home with Large Yard

$209,900 / 2,304 square feet


Beautiful Brick Home

$209,900 / 2,000 square feet


Explore some of Sumner County’s beauty along its trails: In Gallatin, Station Camp Greenway, Bledsoe Creek State Park and Gallatin Walking Trails in Triple Creek Park; in Hendersonville, Old Hickory Dam Greenway and Hendersonville Greenways & Bike/Ped Trails; in Goodlettsville, Moss Wright Park; in Portland, Richland Park; Westmoreland City Park; and White House Greenway.



Sumner County offers excellent medical facilities. TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center is a 148-bed community hospital about 15 minutes outside of Nashville.   



The facility is the first Accredited Chest Pain Center in Sumner County, a Certified Primary Stroke Center and the only community hospital in the region with an Accredited Joint Center. TriStar Hendersonville was recently recognized by the Joint Commission as a top performer in four key quality metrics.
In addition to its main hospital campus, other affiliates include TriStar Women’s Imaging Hendersonville, TriStar Portland Diagnostic Center and the Outpatient Imaging Center at Hendersonville. In January 2014, TriStar Hendersonville opened a freestanding emergency department in Portland.

Sumner Regional Medical Center, an affiliate of Sumner Regional Health Systems, is a progressive, 155-bed acute care facility in Gallatin. The hospital offers a full range of diagnostic, surgical, therapeutic, women’s and rehabilitative services. SRMC has served Sumner County for 50 years.



Our state and local tax burden is the third lowest in the nation, with residents enjoying no income tax except on interest and dividends. State sales tax is 7%; 6% for food.

Tennessee has no state property tax. Property taxes are locally determined and collected.

The median home value in Sumner County is $176,600.



Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin offers many personal enrichment course categories, such as arts and crafts, dance and music, food and beverages, health and wellness, photography, reading and writing, personal safety, equine and dog training, financial issues and family issues.



Sumner County is a beautiful place to live. In our community, we enjoy well-maintained open spaces, the ability to walk or ride our bikes safely early in the mornings or late evenings with wonderful views of the golf course and Old Hickory Lake. Our quiet neighborhood is a couple of minutes to shopping, a movie theater, groceries and restaurants. And, less than a thirty-minute drive from our house to downtown Nashville.- Mr. and Mrs. Lebkuecher
After returning to the U.S. from living abroad in Italy and western Australia, we began our search for our new retired life in the heartland of America. A daughter and two grandsons in nearby Hendersonville drew us to the area, and we settled in a beautiful home. We have the best of all worlds: the lake, a golf course, new friends and nearby family. We can water ski or jet ski in the morning, golf in the afternoon & entertain in the evening. How perfect is that? We have even jet skied through the lock and down the Cumberland River! We are blessed to live here.- Mr. and Mrs. Read


Sumner County Convention & Visitor's Bureau

Gallatin Chamber of Commerce

Goodlettsville Chamber of Commerce

Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce

Portland Chamber of Commerce

Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce

White House Chamber of Commerce