Gallatin in Tennessee is the county seat for Sumner County.
Gallatin is actually named after Albert Gallatin who was secretary of the treasury under Presidents Jefferson and Madison way back when! Albert was actually born in Switzerland and moved to the States after he completed his studies in Boston, Mass.
Today Gallatin is undergoing a bit of a real estate revival, along with the rest of Sumner County, and the greater Nashville area. Part of that growth has to be attributed to the expansion of I65 and the extension of the Vietnam Veterans Expressway. This has made Gallatin easily accessible to Nashville and the addition of the golfing community at Fairvue Plantation only helped to raise the profile of this historic city.
One thing that Gallatin has that's very hard to just reproduce is a typical American town square. Only a few years ago some of these buildings, which date back to the early 1800's, were falling into disrepair. Now with renovation and a renewed interest in the history of the square, Gallatin is once again home to a number of thriving and growing retail outlets on the square.
Gallatin's growth can officially be described as having made huge steps forward when Starbucks opened its first store here. That's always a sign that a city is making progress!
The retail growth can be traced back to the arrival of the retail giant Wal-Mart and the first superstore in Sumner county in the late 1990s. Once Wal-Mart was here, others followed and now the area at the intersection of 109 and Gallatin Pike is home to a wide variety of retail stores and restaurants.
The new retail developments at Greensboro Village have the residents of Gallatin and Hendersonville eagerly anticipating the announcements of who the new tenants will be. There has been talk of a P.F. Changs American Chinese restaurant opening here! We'll just have to wait and see.