Wartrace, Tennessee, provides beautiful scenery, rich history and an enjoyable shopping experience. Known as the cradle of the Tennessee Walking Horse, Wartrace is home to the Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum, and an abundance of welcoming shops, showcasing the town’s heritage and the works of local artisans.
One of the stores in Wartrace is the Shoppes at 31 Main. When you visit the shop, you’ll find farmhouse decor and gifts, candles and melts, women’s and children's clothing and accessories, Christmas decorations. Additionally, yard art, handcrafted items from local artisans, Wartrace souvenirs, antiques and collectibles, adorn the store’s shelves.
Co-owner Marie Pope invites you to browse the shop.
“I collect home décor, new and old, and a lot of items that are handmade,” Pope said, adding the shop offers opportunities for local artisans to display and sell their works. “We have woodcrafters, and we have quilters. We have paintings, candles, local honey, jams and jellies that are made in Wartrace. We also have a paint supply, Dixie Belle Paint, which is chalk paint and is great.”
Dixie Belle Paint Company produces high-quality mineral chalk paint for painting on furniture. The paint can be used on wood, metal, glass, ceramic and fabric.
Pope said visitors appreciate the eclectic collection of items and the way they’re displayed at the shop.
“Most of our customers like our store because it’s decorated and not booth style,” Pope said. “We have a variety (of items for purchase), and you can walk through the shop without knocking anything over. We feature a lot of local artisans.”
The shop displays the work of Rosalind Roche, who makes and decorates Christmas ornaments and gifts.
You will also discover photographs by Jessie Arras when you browse the Shoppes at 31 Main.
“She is a horse lover and does horse photography,” Pope said. “And Larry Willard is a woodworker, and we have his pieces, as well.”
Spend a day of shopping and exploring Wartrace, which promises a relaxing experience.
“Wartrace is just nice, quiet, calm and quaint,” Pope said. “People like Wartrace because it’s not busy, you can come here, shop, get something to eat. Relax and enjoy.”
While you’re in the area, stop by the other shops and visit the Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum. The museum showcases the history and heritage of the Tennessee Walking Horse, preserving artifacts, documents and photographs. Have a delicious meal at the Bellamy Café or the Iron Horse. The Rusty Bee offers vintage pieces and home décor items. The Sparrow’s Nest promises unique finds, kind service and friendly conversation.