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Readyville Mill began operating as a grist mill on the Stones River about 1812. The original mill was constructed by Charles Ready, burned in the 1860s, and was rebuilt in the 1870s. This structure continued operations as one of several mills in the area, supporting farms and the few rural businesses. Besides grinding grain, the mill was used to operate a lumber operation, produce ice, and generate electricity. Readyville Mill had several owners over the years, occasionally changing names based upon the name of the new owner, and continued to operate into the latter half of the twentieth century. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

The mill is owned by Karen and Robert Ford and  operates as a unique visitor’s destination in Cannon County. The Fords also own The Corners On The River and operate Goodness Gracious Cafe at the Mill.

Short Mountain Distillery is a Tennessee distillery making authentic small-batch, Tennessee Moonshine, Bourbon and other fine products from corn grown and stone-milled on a 300 acre working farm in Cannon County, Tennessee.

Short Mountain Distillery’s award winning Short Mountain Shine &  Apple Pie Moonshine are available in stores across the state of Tennessee.

Cannon County


Woodbury, nestled in the rolling hills of scenic Middle Tennessee, is the seat of Cannon County, a small rural community with a big arts and crafts heritage. The county’s long tradition of white oak basket and chair-making has gained the attention of collectors and museums worldwide, including the Tennessee State Museum, the Smithsonian Institution and The Museum of Folk Culture in Hunan Province in China.

     The quite way of life takes the visitor back in time for an sample of living history.  ---- Enjoy and share our wonderful way of life. The award-winning Arts Center of Cannon County attracts over 40,000 visitors annually for live theatre, concerts, art exhibits, arts education, and more. And the town of Woodbury is a treasure trove of antique shops. If you love rural life, you’ll love Cannon County!

Joe’s Place --now A J’s Diner.  Joe’s featured a “Liar’s Table,” where many of the regulars would gather on a daily basis and solve problems and discuss the issues of the world.

The Historic Cannon County Chamber Of Commerce was formed in 1997. The Chamber was created after several Cannon County Business leaders met several times, and decided that the organization was needed.

Jim Gibbs, then publisher of Cannon County Magazine was among the original charter members.

Governor Bill Haslam @ Joe’s with Shirley Borren

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