Milky Way Farms
Just an hour south of Nashville in Pulaski, Tennessee, your group will find one of the most unique historic attractions in the area, Milky Way Farms. Known as the 'Tennessee Chocolate Estate', this 1930's Tudor Mansion belonged to chocolate magnate Frank Mars, leader and namesake of the wildly popular confectionary brand Mars Chocolate. Being the #1 candy bar at the time, Milky Way was an obvious choice for his local farm namesake.
Milky Way Farm serves as an event venue, historic tour headquarters, outdoor adventure hotspot, and popular student field trip stop. Delicious country breakfasts and group lunches are available during your visit, as are hayrides, treasure hunts, bonfires hiking, and games. There are various trails, pastures, and Richland Creek paths to explore amid the 1100 acre property, with several local animals scattered about such as deer, turkey, sheep, and horses. If you opt in for a historic tour of the property you will get to see 'some of the most scenic, fertile land in middle Tennessee' close up, all the fields, streams, barns, trails, and vistas explored and discussed. Learn about the hundreds of local Giles Country workers that once resided here, the history of prize Herefords and fast race horses, the architecture of the onsite structures, or the value of American farm life during the 30's and 40's in general.
You can also opt in for a Manor House tour, a more in depth look at the architectural style of the mansion, from the outdoor rock walls to the 20 bedrooms and 14 baths inside. The house is a total of 25,000 square feet and just as full of interesting historical tidbits as the outside. Be sure to ask your tour guide about how this farm had its own railway stop and was one of the largest magnolia plantations back in the day!