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Why Not Visit Collierville, Tennessee?

At a glance: Earlier this year, Parade magazine readers named Collierville “America’s Best Main Street” out of 2,000 communities that were nominated.

What Collierville has over every other Main Street city is a perfect mix of old-world Americana and new economic success and glory. Major corporations like FedEx and PepsiCo have led to significant population growth over the last 20 years and a healthy local economy that boasts double the nation’s median household income.

What to do here?

Town Square, overlooking the old Collierville Depot from which the town grew, is the heart of the city. They have free summer concert shows during the summer, the annual Fair on the Square every May, the Collierville Farmers Market on Thursdays by the old McGinnis Service Station, and Confederate Park, featuring turn-of-the-century walkways, cast-iron fences and an old-fashioned American bandstand.

It is also home to “Savannah,” an old executive train car, a caboose and an antebellum log cabin. You can enjoy old-fashioned dining to go with the old-fashioned everything else at places like Mensi’s Dairy Bar, Silver Caboose Restaurant & Soda Fountain and Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken.

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