Blink and Miss It

Transformation carries with it the creeping awareness of the infinite possibility of change, the infinite likelihood of change.

Widow of the South by Robert Hicks

Though he wrote these words to describe Franklin, Tennessee, in the years following the Civil War, they could easily describe what is going on in Leipers Fork, barely a wide space in the road outside of Franklin.

Coming into town, maybe more appropriately called a village, these cars sit along side the road, perhaps a reminder to slow down so you don’t miss it.  Leiper’s Fork  was crowded the day we went for lunch.  Commenting on the busyness in such a small place, I was told it was likely because of the article in the August issue of Country Living.  You might want to check it out.

Part of the rebirth of Leiper’s Fork is due a New York fella who wanted a life change and was charmed by the area.  He’s now a smiling face welcoming folks to Joe Natural’s where you can have a bite to eat and/or relax in the front porch rocking chairs.

The cafe is all about country natural from the decor and farm fresh goods for sale

to the paper napkins and plates that serve as the table setting.

Along the main street are a few shops that are just oozing with charm and temptation!

And it is not at all surprising to walk into one and find someone picking and singing.  After all this is country music territory!

Art is not overlooked in Leiper’s Fork, and I love the welcoming coziness of the spaces which makes the work feel so accessible.

At the David Arms Gallery, I couldn’t resist this painting as it has part of one of my favorite verses for meditation:  Be still and know that I am God. It will serve as a reminder when I am having a hard time being still.

What is very cool about the businesses that are opening here is that they are all in old buildings making them feel as though they’ve been in existence for a very long time.  As Leiper’s Fork continues to experience revitalization, it will be interesting to see how newcomers are accommodated.

All around Leiper’s Fork are picturesque barns and horse farms.  As I stopped to snap one,  here came a horse from the stable trotting right up to say hello.  Such is the delight of country living, and it looks like folks in Leiper’s Fork have figured it out.  Next time you are in the Nashville area, you won’t want to miss exploring this village, but don’t blink because you just might miss it!

10 thoughts on “Blink and Miss It

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed this!

  2. OK, after seeing this post…this is a definite MUST for our next trip to TN. To think we were so close to this area and missed all of this charm! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. We do have a problem being still don’t we. Thank you for the scripture reminder. I needed that today.

  4. There are such charming spots in that area…I know your daughter will be very happy. I can see lots of visits coming up and lots of lovely purchases by you know who. By the way…I keep having to refollow. I don’t know if anyone else is having this problem.

  5. What a wonderful spot to visit and soak up all that Southern hospitality and charm! I’d love to poke around if I’m ever that way and stop to peak at those barns and horses 🙂

  6. This is pretty cool. It’s like taking a step back in time but with some of the modern day comforts! 🙂 Us “city folk” need to get away to a place just like this every so often to slow down and take a breath!

  7. shirley@housepitalitydesigns July 26, 2012 — 4:43 pm

    What a great place…yes I saw that article…thanks for your presentation!

  8. Leiper’s Fork is worth a stop for sure! So glad you liked it! I’m loving that it’s only a short drive away from our new home! I don’t think the Joe Natural’s guy was responsible for the revitalization, but he did indeed trade NYC for Leiper’s Fork. The man with a vision is Aubrey Preston. Here are a few links for anyone interested:

    Country Living Link:

    And a town link:

  9. I saw the article in CL and was interested in going to see the very picturesque wide spot in the road, now my interest grows! I love the piece of art, understated and beautiful. Thanks for the tour.

  10. Hooray for the NY guy! 🙂

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