Things To Do

Key Location
La Vergne is very fortunate to be close to a major metropolitan area, but still small enough to enjoy a slower, friendly lifestyle. Nestled right along the shoreline of Percy Priest Lake, outdoor water recreation is plentiful. The bright lights, big city is just minutes away for shopping, entertainment, sports, and more.

Easily within a 30-minute drive of La Vergne are activities for just about everyone.
A 5-Minute Drive Away
Mary Kate Patterson Home
Mary Kate Patterson, who lived on Fergus Drive (off Old Nashville Highway) in La Vergne, was an active Confederate spy from 1862 to 1865. She befriended occupying Union troops to get passed into Nashville, then she secretly secured supplies and messages to smuggle in the false bottom of her buggy.

The Patterson family provided shelter and food to Confederate soldiers in their home on Nolensville Road. Using window signals, they let soldiers know when it was safe to come in for medical assistance, hot meals and refuge. After Union forces executed family friend Sam Davis in 1864, Mary Kate traveled to Pulaski to identify the body.
Mary Kate Patterson House
Percy Priest Lake
Shortly after, she became the bride of John Davis, brother of Sam. When Mary Kate died in 1931, she became the first woman buried in the Confederate Circle in Mt. Olivet Cemetery of Nashville.

The house on Fergus Drive still stands as a private residence not available for tour.

J. Percy Priest Lake

J. Percy Priest Lake is a reservoir in north central Tennessee. It is formed by J. Percy Priest Dam, located between miles 6 and 7 of the Stones River.
The lake covers portions of Davidson, Rutherford, and Wilson Counties and consists of 14,200 acres of water. The water is surrounded by 18,854 acres of public lands, of which 10,000 acres are devoted to wildlife management.

Poole Knobs Recreation Area
Poole Knobs Campground is located on J. Percy Priest Lake in La Vergne near the end of Jones Mill Road. Many types of wildlife can be seen including white-tailed deer, plenty of squirrels, raccoon, birds, and more. A picnic shelter is available in the recreation area, as well as a boat launch ramp.

The campground offers 87 overnight sites and a group camping area. Additional amenities include hot showers and a dump station.

Hurricane Creek
Hurricane Creek is located on J. Percy Priest Lake right off of Stones River Road. There’s plenty of wildlife to be seen on the walking trails of Hurricane Creek. The amenities include boat dock, ramp, fishing and walking trails.

A 10-Minute Drive Away

Sam Davis Home
Located in Smyrna, Tennessee, The Sam Davis Home was built along the banks of Stewarts Creek in 1810. This historical home and museum rests on 160 acres of farmland just outside the Nashville area. The two-story home is characteristic of a Southern, upper middle-class family of those times.

Lamplighters Theater
Lamplighters Theater Company is sponsored by the Springhouse Worship and Arts Center in Smyrna, Tennessee. The troupe performs both popular musicals including ”A Christmas Carol” and “The Sound of Music” to shows in the black-box theater where more edgy and/or less commercially viable works are featured. The theater conducts Drama Camps in the summer for grades 1-12 and provides various educational opportunities for adults throughout the year.

A 30-Minute Drive Away
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