Sunday, October 11, 2009

Joelton, Tennessee

The metropolitan area of Nashville, Tennessee has many suburbs, one of which is Joelton, located at the northwestern edge of the county.  The small OK Campground in Joelton will be our home until after the holiday season.

Those who live here say Joelton sits on top of a ridge.  From Nashville, you do have to come up the hill to get here, but I think it might be more accurate to say Joelton sits at the edge of the Highland Rim before making the drop down into the Central Basin.

Joelton’s population of about 10,000 to 12,000 is a mixed of upper and lower middle class families.  There are a couple established subdivisions, but the homes you see are mostly on large lots of anywhere from half acre to several acres.  It is not uncommon to see a corn or hay field, a barn, and a horse grazing next door to a multilevel modern home.  Suburbia seems to be intermingled with rural farmland.  The homes range from a few frame homes typical of those from the 1940s to several small brick homes typical of the 1950s, to the multilevel “mansions” which have been popular over the past several years.  I think the type home most common in the Joelton area is the single-level ranch of the 1960s and 70s.

May be the oldest structure in town
There really are no businesses to speak of in Joelton.  There is a small grocery, a couple gas stations, a Mexican restaurant, a bank, an independently owned drugstore, and a scattering of small beauty salons, auto repair shops, a florist, and a hardware store.  The most popular places in town are the McDonalds and the new Dairy Queen.  Folks who call this home go to Springfield or closer to Nashville to shop.

Most of those who work commute to Nashville for their jobs.  I guess they’ve chosen this  sleepy little community to escape the crowds, the noise, and the crime of big city Nashville.  I can’t say as I blame them.

With easy access to I-24, we can easily make connections with the other interstates through town and the inner and outer loops around town.  We find ourselves going to Springfield, about 10 miles northeast, for grocery, Wal-Mart and Lowes.

We like this community and are happy to call it home.

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