Scenic Drive and Wine (best not at the same time!)

Yes, Hickman County gained the reputation for moonshining and is still sometimes called “Keg County” by some old-timers, but we are a little more refined these days. There are many scenic drives reminiscent of Thunder Road in Hickman County including the Natchez Trace Parkway. Once you get to the Gordon House on the Natchez Trace, you can drive on out State Route 50 and visit the new Grinder’s Switch Winery. For more information on it, its wine and things to see, visit It is also part of the Natchez Trace Wine Trail if you would like to make a wine tour.

About Daryl Phillips, CEcD

I am a professional economic developer. I presently work for communities and companies in developing and implementing workforce and economic development solutions as CEO of Phillips Economic Development Solutions (Phi EDS). Prior to September 2017, I was the economic development professional who served a community team of elected officials, business people, community leaders and dedicated stakeholders for economic development in Cheatham County, Tennessee (pop. 39,880) and its four towns. During my five-year tenure, I served the team as Cheatham County grew over 1,700 jobs, turned around population declines at the start of this decade into healthy population growth, increased tourism expenditures 20.3% and local tax revenue from tourism 25.4%, grew sales tax revenue 36%, focused on developing the local workforce and was recognized by SmartAsset as having the 9th highest Incoming Investment Index of all the 95 counties in Tennessee. I am a member of International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Tennessee Economic Development Council and International Council of Shopping Centers. I have earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council and hold a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
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