Gallatin was established in 1802, and is the county seat of Sumner County, Tennessee, with a population of just over 32,000 (2010 census). It is situated on both Old Hickory Lake and the Cumberland River, and is considered a bedroom commuter community of Nashville. The scenic town was named after Alver Gallatin, who was Secretary of Treasury to Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. History has it President Andrew Jackson purchased one of the first lots when the town was surveyed, and built the first general store. Gallatin also played a significant role during the Civil War, due to its strategic location on the Cumberland River.
With its picturesque lake and a revitalized downtown with townsquare, Gallatin is becoming popular as a retirement destination, with 55+ communities springing up around the lake. It is also home to Volunteer State Community College, a two-year school that offers over 70 degree programs. Picture of Gallatin Square courtesy of Wikipedia and Ichabod; picture of Sumner Regional Medical Center courtesy of Ed!; picture of Old Hickory Lock and Dam courtesy of Wikipedia.