area history

If you are a history buff then you’ve come to the right place because Cookeville has many unique and interesting historic locations to visit. Make sure to stop by our Depot that has authentic World War II décor, take a hike to historic Bee Rock, or stroll down the WestSide District of downtown Cookeville.

Baxter Depot Museum

  • The Depot located in Downtown Baxter hosts a museum with fun historical facts and as well as a conference space.
    216 Broad St.
    Baxter, TN 38544

Cookeville Coca-Cola Sign

  • When Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton decided to renovate his downtown Cookeville building, painters noticed remnants of what appeared to be an old Coca-Cola billboard. Coca-Cola Consolidated, located in North Carolina, got involved and agreed to completely restore the billboard to look like the 1930’s original. The Mayor requested that “Cookeville” be added along the top of the billboard. When visiting and taking photos, be sure to tag them with #CkvlCokeSign
    W. Broad St.
    Cookeville, TN 38501

Cookeville History Museum

  • This museum features an enormous collection of items, artifacts, photographs, special exhibits and more, covering the history of Cookeville from prehistoric times through the present. The museum is at 40 E. Broad St. across from City Hall.
    40 E Broad St.
    Cookeville, TN 38501
    (931) 520-5455

Historic Post Office

  • The Cookeville Post Office was built in 1916 as the original Post Office for the Cookeville area. It was built in the Italian style, offers full services, and houses the Federal Court.
    9 E Broad Street
    Cookeville, TN 38501
    (931) 526-3435

Historic WestSide

  • Historic WestSide boasts a wonderful collection of specialty shops, local restaurants, antique stores, eateries and more, all within walking distance of the Cookeville Depot Museum, Cookeville Drama Center, Convention & Visitors Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, Farmers Market, Cookeville Regional Medical Center and Tennessee Tech University. As you make your way through the WestSide district, take time to appreciate the restored storefronts and internal structures of these historic buildings.
    10 E Broad Street
    Cookeville, TN 38501

Our Protectors Mural

  • The Leadership Putnam Class of 2002 coordinated a Quality of Life project that honors local and national law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency management technicians, paramedics and military personnel. After the events of September 11, 2001, many citizens within the community wanted to show their support for our local protectors who put their lives at risk everyday for our safety. This mural was painted by a local artist and is on the corner of Cedar and W. Broad streets. You, too, can show your respect as you walk the WestSide and view this larger than life collage.
    Cookeville, TN

Bee Rock

Bee Rock

  • Take in the spectacular overlook of the Calfkiller River and Stamps Hollow. Legend has it that Native Americans gathered honey from hives underneath the cliff.
    1400 Bee Rock Rd
    Monterey, TN 38574

Cookeville Depot Museum

  • Built in 1909, the Cookeville Depot is now home to the Cookeville Depot Museum. Visitors can view railway artifacts, memorabilia, numerous photographs of the railroad in Putnam County over the years and scale trains that run such as, an authentic 1913 Baldwin steam locomotive and two cabooses. It’s open year-round, and admission is free.
    116 W Broad Street
    Cookeville, TN 38501
    (931) 528-8570

Historic Courthouse Square

  • The Historic Courthouse Square has made shopping fun and easy with pedestrian walkways, streetlights and crosswalks. Enjoy browsing through a variety of unique stores that have made the historic square their choice location. While on the square, you may appreciate a visit to the Arcade Building to observe the beautiful stained glass panels on the ceiling of what was the first enclosed shopping mall of its kind in Cookeville.
    421 E Spring Street
    Cookeville, TN 38501

Historic Residential District

  • The City of Cookeville’s first historic residential district, the North Dixie Avenue Historic District was identified by the city and designated by the state in 2001. This district consists of the residences along N. Dixie Ave. from Freeze St. north to E. 7th Street. This street is a catalog of 20th Century architecture, including Queen Anne, Neo-Classical, Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, and Bungalow. All the houses were originally built before World War II and are excellent examples of most of the architectural designs used before the war. Much of this historic district was first established from the early settlers that founded Dixie College (1909) and Tennessee Polytechnic Institute (1916), now known as Tennessee Tech University.
    N. Dixie Ave.
    Cookeville, TN 38501

Monterey Depot Museum

  • We look like a depot, but we’re not just about trains. We are about the 
rich history of the people and what brought them to the Upper Cumberland Mountains. We’re about the Native Americans that followed the herds of buffalo and even the saber tooth tiger to those that followed after coal and timber and caused the building of a mountain town we call “home.”
    101 E Depot Ave.
    Monterey, TN 38544
    (931) 839-2111

Standing Stone Monument

  • Monterey was once the pioneer settlement Standing Stone, named for a large boulder on the historic Walton Road nearby. The Standing Stone was a 13-foot-tall rock that once stood upright on a sandstone ledge in the area. It was the legendary boundary between Cherokee and Shawnee territory and marked the Cherokee Tallonteeskee Trail. The eight-foot remnant of this stone is preserved in Monterey, where a Standing Stone Celebration of Native American Heritage is held each October.
    East Commercial Ave.
    Monterey, TN 38574