AN OPRY STATE OF MIND
Centerville is the seat of Hickman County, perfectly situated in the beautiful Duck River valley 60 miles southwest of Nashville. It’s the only incorporated town in the county, with 11 square miles of small-town living, a music heritage heartbeat, and an abundance of surrounding acreage and farm land.
The town of Centerville is best known for its famous daughter, Sarah Cannon, AKA Minnie Pearl. The legendary Grand Ole Opry member was one of the most popular comics of her time and one of the first leading ladies of comedy. Centerville’s spirit is baked into the Opry’s story, as Minnie’s character hailed from the town of Grinder’s Switch, a fictional version of Centerville.
Sarah famously said “Grinder's Switch is a state of mind – a place where there is no illness, no war, no unhappiness, no political unrest, no tears. It's a place where there's only happiness – where all you worry about is what you are going to wear to the church social, and if your feller is going to kiss you in the moonlight on the way home. I wish for all of you a Grinder's Switch.”
A Town set to Music
Centerville still lives up to Minnie’s Norman Rockwell vision, and live music flows through every town event. The Grinder’s Switch Radio Hour leads the way with a town-square tradition that seems straight out of a sweet Southern novel. Every Saturday morning, talented local players—many of them acclaimed country songwriters—take the stage in a historic former hardware store to perform a live radio broadcast. The town fills the pews, the fiddlers fiddle, the strummers strum. Feet are stomped, hands are clapped, and spirits are lifted. Hear the broadcast on WNKX FM every Saturday morning.