Wilson County is set to be host to the Promised Land Trail launch on Wednesday, Oct. 12, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Watertown Train Station.
The trail launch will kickoff at the Nashville Riverfront Train Station where passengers will have an opportunity to board the excursion train and make their way to Wilson County. Round-trip train tickets are available to the general public for $12 by calling (931) 212-7832 or visiting http://event.attendstar.com/event/show/discover-tn-promised-land-trail-launch-train-ride/. The train will continue to Watertown stopping briefly in Mt. Juliet and Lebanon to pick up passengers.
In Watertown, representatives will unveil components of the trail and entertainment will be provided by Cumberland Universitys Jazz Band. The public is invited to join in these festivities.
One of 16 self-guided driving tours in the Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways program, the Promised Land Trail is designed to bring to life the stories of many early settlers as they searched for the promised land.
The trail meanders through seven counties from Nashville to Crossville. Spanning more than 500 miles, the trail encourages visitors to stop at more than 113 sites, varying from historic sites and outdoor areas to entertainment venues and notable festivals and events along the way; thus increasing the number of tourists visiting the area.
The Promised Land Trail is a great opportunity for all communities to showcase tourism sites in what has to be one of the most comprehensive marketing initiatives launched from the states tourism department, said Ricky Rodriguez, director of the Wilson County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Several Wilson County favorites are showcased along the Promised Land Trail including Rices Country Ham, Breedens Orchard Bakery & Country Store, The Mill at Lebanon, Historic Lebanon Square, The Roy Bailey African American History Center, City of Lebanon Museum & History Center, Wilson County Museum, Sellars Farm State Archaeological Area, Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Historic Watertown Square, Jims Antiques, Blue Tomato Market & Cafe, Stardust Drive-In Theater and Fiddlers Grove Historic Village.
Promised Land Trail Launch Schedule:
Wednesday, Oct. 12
9 9:30 a.m. Kickoff, Train station downtown Nashville
9:45 11:30 a.m. Board excursion train and depart for Wilson County with brief stops in Mt. Juliet and Lebanon for pick ups
11:30 a.m. 1:45 p.m. Arrive at Watertown train station for launch ceremony and time to explore historic square
1:45 p.m. Depart for Nashville
For train tickets, call (931) 212-7832 or visit http://event.attendstar.com/event/show/discover-tn-promised-land-trail-launch-train-ride/.
For more information about the Discover Tennessees Trails and Byways program, visit http://tntrailsandbyways.com.
For information about the WCCVB, visit www.visitwilsoncounty.com.