The Gainesboro vicinity was a popular destination for long hunters as early as the 1770s, as natural salt licks drew rich game to the area. The city of Gainesboro was founded in 1801 as the county seat of Jackson county. It was named after General Edmund Pendleton Gaines (1777–1849).

I had the opportunity to visit Gainesboro while meeting with a client. The weather was not the best for photographing such a beautiful town and I had to wait out random thunderstorms throughout my visit.

The people of Gainesboro are proud of their community, as they should be. Within a few moments of starting the shoot, I had people approaching me and suggesting historic homes and buildings to photograph. At one point I had two people trying to talk over each other with location suggestions. I plan to return in a week or two and chase down those suggested sites. I did happen to visit their park "Roaring River Park", but as the weather had it, not a sole was to be found - except for the local deer.

Note: I did stop back in on 08/23/14 and the images have been added to the bottom of this gallery.

Gainesboro is a city going through revitalization with new restaurants, shops, and businesses by renovating some of the older buildings. From what I've been told, on the weekends it is hard to find a place to park on the square. A wide range of live music playing late into the night tied in with great restaurants makes Gainesboro "the place to be" for people in the surrounding counties.

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Gainesboro Tennessee

The Town ~ 08/08/14

The original home for the Jackson County Sentinel which is still in print today. Looking North on Main St.The West side of Main St. The Jackson County Historical Museum The old gas staion building was retored, but they left the sign with class. I'm sure Dixie Cuts Hair shop could tell you a story or two Restaurants, specialty boutiques and antique shops fill this section of N. Main St. The Jackson County Courthouse built in 1927 Gainesboro Drugs is a 3rd generation pharmacy which includes an old time soda fountain shop. This is the third courthose that has graced the square, the original was topped by a weather vane sporting a fish. The lower side of Main St. The old W.T. Reed Groceries on E. Hull. Wild Goose Flour was ground at the local mill If you want authentic English food prepeared when ordered, this would be the place. Chef Barry of 'The Bull & Thistle' prepears a leek and pickled octopus compote. Not sure if you can still work in a good game of Snooker though. Pappy's Picket Fence is full of great antiques and collectables. Vintage apothecary bottles can be found on display in Gainesboro Drugs. This was one of my favorite bottles, leading you to believe "hey, it worked for the Egyptians"... sort of. Inside Gainesboro Drugs you can still hang out at the soda fountain. The original spinners. I always enjoy sneaking around the back alleys, they share their own stories. No, this not the city pool. Gainesboro was built amongst the hills on forty acres of land, given to the County by David Cox A sculpture of General Jackson stands on the courthouse square. One of the historic homes that has been restored, with more to be found under restoration around town. Gainesboro was built along the Cumberland River offering beautiful views and a wide range of outdoor activities.


Amazing what you can learn from just taking time to read the historical markers. You can purchase these beautiful flowering trees at local nurseries around McMinnville or Smithville. These same brick patterns can be found in other towns, just look as you are driving or walking around your own town. Can you say home cooking? Looking down West Hull Ave. West Gore Avenue. The Gaines House was used as a field hospital during the Civil War in 1862. Renovation plans have been made. The Gainesboro Historical Society could use your help! The shotgun extension allowed for additional features, a growing family, and space. The Lancet windows allowed for longer periods of natural light while allowing the house to stay cooler in the summer yet warmer in the winter.