Successfully blending the old with the new has been bringing tourists, newcomers, and local residents together in a unique small-town atmosphere. Just outside the reach of the Memphis metropolitan hustle and bustle (only 25 minutes east of Memphis on Bill Morris Parkway), you’ll find history and more in the charming town of Collierville. Whether you’re in need of a weekend getaway, a place to meet and retreat, or simply time away with the family, you’re sure to make special memories here.
A delightful mix of bricks and mortar that is home to many charming antique and specialty shops. Pedestrian friendly streets, lazy park benches and quality shopping. A Main Street City that has established award winning events that attract thousands of people each year.
Fair on the Square
Come join us the first weekend in May for Collierville’s Fair on the Square. This annual event was first held in 1976 in celebration of the nation’s Bicentennial. Coordinated and sponsored by the town’s Twentieth Century Club, the Fair quickly became a tradition. This wonderful traditional event would not be possible without the support of the town of Collierville. All profits from the fair are funneled back to the community and are used to support national and international humanitarian programs
such as public schools, libraries and the arts. The Fair also provides fundraising opportunities for many local youth, church and civic organizations.
As in the past, the Fair will offer a wide variety of handicrafts, needle and woodcrafts, sculptures, baskets, pottery, ceramics, and paintings, original jewelry, clothing and floral designs, and garden items.
Entertainment for the enjoyment of all ages shares the stage at the historic Depot Platform at the square’s south end.
Food such as B-B-Q, scones, egg rolls, Italian sausage, pizza and other delights, freshly prepared on-site, will tempt the most stalwart dieters as the aromas drift through the trees of Collierville’s Victorian-era square. Games, puppet shows, wagon, pony and train rides, face painting and a petting zoo delight the young and young at heart.
For further information, visit www.colliervillefaironthesquare.org.
Sunset on the Square Summer Concert Series
Every year during June and July, locals and residents from nearby communities have come to know that 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings is the time when you drop what you’re doing, grab your lawn chairs, a picnic basket or a bucket of chicken and head for the bandstand in the Historic Town Square.
This traditional town favorite features a variety of musical groups ranging from R&B, Big Band and Classical to Bluegrass, Country, and Broadway show tunes. Young and old alike sit back and enjoy the music while savoring a snow cone or enjoying popcorn as the nighttime breeze flows through the park. The concerts features weekly intermission giveaways with prizes donated by local merchants, businesses, and Main Street members. Admission is free to the public and this park is handicap-accessible. (no pets or
alcoholic beverages are permitted.)
For more information about the concert series, call (901) 853-1666 or visit www.mainstreetcollierville.com
Visit Downtown Collierville for the Holidays
With festive decorations of twinkling lights beginning December 1st through New Year’s Eve, and unique stores and restaurants decorated for the holidays, there’s no place like Collierville for the holidays!
As far as research can ascertain, it is believed that Collierville has had three depots. The first was built in 1852 and believed to have been located on the North side of the railroad tracks between Center and Walnut streets. The Battle of Collierville was centered around this depot where Sherman’s train arrived from Memphis around noon on Sunday, October 11, 1863. The second depot was located where Center Street now crosses the tracks. In the mid 1940’s the existing depot was moved from LaGrange,
TN and located east of Center Street on the north side of the railroad tracks. In 1976 Southern Railroad gave the depot to the Town of Collierville and it was moved to its present location in 1977.
Confederate Park has a colorful past. Tradition has it that the Irby and the Leake families gave the land on which the park is built to the town soon after its incorporation in 1870. The sidewalks in the park are laid out in the form of a Confederate flag. In 1955 a tornado destroyed the two-story lattice bandstand in the park. A 1994 public improvements project replaced the bandstand. Today the park is used for social, political and religious functions.
Magnolia Cemetery is nestled among large magnolia trees from which it received its name. It is located south of the town square between Mt. Pleasant Road on the east, Quinn Road on the west, and bounded on the south by land of Mrs. William Parr, Sr., formerly owned by A.S. Stratton. The first deed recorded for the cemetery was on May 18, 1878, in the Register’s office of Shelby County, TN. Many different kind of tombstones are seen throughout the cemetery. There are columns, arches, shafts of marble, pedestals,
heavy granite squares, emblems, and delicately carved figures. In 1862 a young boy was wounded in the Battle of Collierville and died and buried under the large oak tree. His grave is marked “Unknown Confederate Soldier”. It is probable there are many more soldiers buried that were never identified.
This log cabin was used as the Collierville area’s stagecoach stop for many years in the mid to late 1800’s. Built in 1851 by William W. Talley, it was once located at Byhalia Road and South Rowlett on property now occupied by PepsiAmericas Bottling Co. This log structure was relocated and restored in 1977 by grants by the National Can Corporation and the Mississippi-Arkansas-Tennessee Corporation.
Shopping and Dining
Collierville is Hip, Historic and Heartwarming! We have it all right here—begin your day on our Historic Town Square at our local coffee shop, take a walking tour of our historic district, museum and Civil War Trails, explore the many unique shoppes and eateries, stop and sit a spell in our beautiful Confederate Park; then, decide to travel a few miles in any direction to discover how retail therapy abounds—from the 786,000 square foot The Avenue Carriage Crossing to the many corridors of eclectic
shoppes, antique malls, green belt trails and most importantly, warm, friendly people. Collierville offers a relaxing escape, enticing visitors to spend a day or maybe decide to stay for a lifetime!
Collierville Parks and Recreation
If you take pleasure in the outdoors, the Collierville Park System offers an abundance of beautiful neighborhood parks, some of the finest athletic fields, as well as beautiful Greenbelt trails. Many parks are available for sporting events and family picnics.
H.W. Cox Community Center
Opened in 1984 and recently renovated, this recreational facility consists of approximately 55,000 square feet, including a gym and houses the Desoto Athletic Club. Over 100,000 visitors pass through the facility each year to attend various instructional and/or civic functions/classes held in the center.
The Harrell Performing Arts Theatre
Consists of a 352-seat auditorium with state-of-the-art light and sound systems. The auditorium is available for rentals (i.e. ballets, beauty pageants, lectures, etc) and is used frequently for instructional courses including acting, drama, guitar, piano and voice lessons. The Collierville Arts Council stages approximately five productions each year including plays and concert series. For more information on these productions visit www.colliervilleparks.org
The Museum of Biblical History
Located in the picturesque Collierville Town Square with fantastic shopping and dining all around.
140 East Mulberry
Collierville, TN 38017
General Admission: Free
Group Adminssion: $3.00
Hours: 10am - 5pm; Tuesday - Saturday
Walk through a timeline of Biblical history and archaeology with Ancient Worlds Uncovered, our permanent exhibit showcasing ancient Near Eastern and Classical artifacts and artifact replicas, as well as maps, images, and interpretive texts.
A rich library of reference material, offering aid for study of the Bible and its ancient world.
Educational programs include archaeological digs, lectures, workshops & story times.
Presentations about biblical lands, history, and culture, and guided tour of museum gallery. Schools, churches, civic clubs, scout groups and other organizations welcome. Admission charge applies.
Tours of Bible Lands
Sponsored tours of Bible lands are offered for adults.
Shop for unique gifts from Bible lands, books and educational material.
To enjoy a variety of other events during your visit, take a look at our calendar of events.