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Rogersville, Tennessee: Memory Lane - Private 1950s Town

Only open to the public one day a year, it's a time-warp recreated town that sits in the middle of private farmland.

Eldridge Auto Sales

459 Caney Creek Rd, Rogersville, TN
US Hwy 11W north of town. Turn west onto Hwy 70, then after a half-mile turn left onto Caney Creek Rd. The entrance to Eldridge Auto Sales will be 1.5 miles on the right; the entrance to Memory Lane is at the back of its parking lot.
Sa of Mem. Day weekend, 10 am - 11 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Memory Lane - Private 1950s Town

WOW! This is so cool! Well worth the stop and 45 minute walk around to see all the old timey cars and structures. Owners are super-nice. Just call ahead and they let you visit.

[Grilly, 05/25/2013]
Memory Lane - Private 1950s Town

I heard a rumor that there was a "retro town" close by, and finally found out some info. A man [Otis Eldridge] built his own 1950s-styled town on his personal property. The proprietor only opens the "town", built on over 200 acres of land, to the public one day a year, the saturday of memorial day weekend, and hosts a classic car show. In the middle of nowhere, mountain farmland basically, we drove up to a crowd of well over 1,000 people. The property lies at the bottom of a valley -- it was like stepping back in time. The attention to detail was amazing! The 'town" has its own streets and gutter systems, a 1950's diner, a barber shop, a 40's era car dealership, an ice cream parlour, a 3-lane bowling alley, a scaled down drive-in movie theater, a church, a police department, a covered bridge, a swimming hole, and a garage/service station.

His personal collection of no less than 100 cars includes an authentic "General Lee," a 1959 big fin Cadillac, taxi cabs, police cruisers, ice-cream trucks, and an authentic, coca-cola delivery truck, stocked with vintage bottled Cokes in their delivery crates).

When it got dark, we were treated to a showing of a cheesy 1970's film set in the 50's at the drive in.

[Josh Krause, 06/02/2005]

Memory Lane appears to only open to the public on Memorial Day weekend and other special events. More info at

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