Fiddlers Grove Historical Village is located on the grounds of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon, Tennessee. It is the mission of Fiddlers Grove to preserve the history of the citizens of Wilson County, Tennessee by preserving buildings, artifacts, oral and written histories. The Village will engage the public through preservation, interpretation, exhibitions, education, publications and hand on experiences to increase a better understanding of the history of Wilson County, and its way of life.
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on April 17, 1991, at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center, for Wilson County’s Fiddlers Grove Historical Village. The village was named by Dr. G. Frank Burns, a local popular historian, educator and publisher. The name was chosen for one of the first settlers, Edward (Neddy) Jacobs, a legendary fiddler who often played his fiddle at his cabin at the Town Spring. Those in attendance for the ceremony were: Hale Moss, Brenda Moss, Randall Clemons, John Tice, Alice Trice, Doris Steed, Nelson Steed, Mark McBride, Carlton Thomas, Geneva Thomas, County Executive Don Simpson, Odell Bain, Linda Bain, Joe Perry, Wilma Perry, Donna Macon, Tim Ryan, Frances Sellars, Betsy Sellars Foutch, Mildred Manning, Mildred Gaston, Robert Martin, Vincent Simms, County Historian, and Mark Davis, Chamber of Commerce.
The generous response and support of the businesses of Wilson County, groups and individuals was overwhelming. Donations of building supplies, artifacts, volunteers, and buildings from all over the County were made. When “fair time” came in August, 1991, we have seven buildings in place and areas designated for many more.
During the past 16 years, Fiddlers Grove has hosted tourist and visitors from every state and several foreign countries. The Lebanon City and Wilson County schools plan annual field trips, as well as schools in surrounding counties. Many weddings are performed in the Melrose Church year round, which range from traditional, western and also a confederate wedding.
The tranquil atmosphere can be experienced by the young and old alike. Your visit leaves you with the feeling you have connected with your past, and it is our hope it instills a desire for you to learn more about your ancestors and keep alive heritage of which we all belong.