Shelbyville Journals

Out of Our Element in Shelbyville

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A September 2005 trip to Shelbyville by Taylor Shelby

Parish Patch Inn and Farm Photo, Shelbyville, Tennessee More Photos
Quote: My parents recently got into the Tennessee Walking Horse business. We decided to go to Shelbyville for The Celebration, the largest walking horse event in the world. We did a lot of things I never thought I would. But boy, was it fun!

Out of Our Element in Shelbyville

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Overview

The Dam at Cortner Mill Photo, Shelbyville, Tennessee
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My parents recently bought horse stables. I know that seems like an odd thing to just up and do, and if you knew my parents it would seem even odder, but it has introduced us to a whole new world. The stables are currently rented by a guy who trains world class Tennessee Walking Horses, so my family has become very interested in them. Every August/September, in Shelbyville, TN, there is a huge walking horse show called Celebration. This year, my parents decided to go and I wasn't about to miss out on such an adventure, so they let me tag along. It was an experience, to say the least. My personal highlights: The Tennessee Walking Horse These horses are just spectacula...Read More

Parish Patch Inn and Farm

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Hotel

Parish Patch Inn and Farm Photo, Shelbyville, Tennessee
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Set amid the lush rolling hills of middle Tennessee, is the Parish Patch Inn and Farm. This is a collection of little cottages, barns, and a big silo that serves as a lovely little bed and breakfast. We didn’t actually stay at Parish Patch (we stayed at Cortner Mill, which is owned by the same people), but we got to go there every morning for a wonderful, hearty breakfast. And we got to see the misty fields and wandering Beefalo (more on those guys later). This is an incredibly beautiful spot to spend a few days, and we tried to get a room there. Since it was the week of The Celebration, it was already booked, so we took an alternate room at the mill. There are lots of different types of roo...Read More

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Parish Patch Inn and Farm
1100 Cortner Rd
Shelbyville 37360
800/876-3017

Cortner Mill

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Hotel

Cortner Mill Photo, Shelbyville, Tennessee
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The good people at Parish Patch also own Cortner Mill, an 1835 grist mill right on the Duck River. This is mainly known as a restaurant, but the top two floors of the mill have been converted into an apartment and rooms for guests to stay in. Since the Parish Patch was all booked up, we just decided to get a room here. Now, as for ambience, this place just can’t be beat. It is located at the end of this little road, that becomes a dirt road right after the mill. At night, it is so silent and dark out there, that you feel like you are alone in the world. The stars were so clear that they seemed like they were five feet away from you. Inside, you walk into the ground floor, where the ...Read More

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Cortner Mill
1100 Cortner Road
Normandy 37360
(615) 857-3018

Cortner Mill Restaurant

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Restaurant

Cortner Mill Restaurant Photo, Normandy, Tennessee
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Every night when we walked into the Mill to go to our lodgings upstairs, I thought about what I was going to eat at the restaurant. We made reservations (required) for our last night there, so I was waiting. The place was highly recommended and looked like a great restaurant (we had picked up a menu when we first got there), and I love a good meal. The place just looks wonderful. It’s an old 1825 gristmill that has been turned into a restaurant and has guestrooms upstairs. The main part of the restaurant is one big room, that was originally the warehouse. The floor was raised in 1929 after a major flood destroyed everything inside. If you look at the window frame outside, you can see the hi...Read More

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Cortner Mill Restaurant
200 Cortner Mill Rd
Normandy 37360
(931) 857-3018

Horse Auction at Wiser Farms

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Story/Tip

The Arena Photo, Shelbyville, Tennessee
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Since we had never been to one before, and this was a weekend of doing things we knew nothing about, we decided to go see a horse auction. The Celebration isn’t just about showing horses; there are also a number of auctions that take place during the week. We decided to go see the one at Wiser Farm, which seemed like one of the larger ones. I had no idea what to expect. No idea at all. I was amused from the moment we drove in, because we had to navigate through a sea of giant trucks and trailers in our little Acura. To add to the chaos, there were people riding horses EVERYWHERE. They were dodging people and vehicles and other horses. They also had a couple of people on racking mules, whi...Read More
Trish Photo, Shelbyville, Tennessee
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Every year, for the 10 days leading up to Labor Day, Shelbyville, Tennessee, becomes the horse capital of the world. More specifically it is the home to the largest equine event (outside of thoroughbred racing) in the world, as thousands of incredible horses and tens of thousands of dedicated fans gather to watch "the greatest horse show in the world," The Celebration. This is an annual event, now in its 67th year, that honors and shows off the Tennessee Walking Horse. The World Grand Champion is crowned at the culmination of the event. My family has only been into walking horses for about nine months, and when our trainer told us we couldn’t miss Celebration, we decided to go and see what it ...Read More