Clarksville, Tennessee


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

6 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
1 Votes - "Friendliest"


Clarksville is the proud home of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. This town completely rallies around their military and wrote more celebratory reviews than any other town on Best of the Road. The city has volunteer welcoming patrons for soldiers returning from service and organizations like Bikers Who Care that support the troops. They even have children in a neighborhood color guard who help a veteran conduct a flag raising ceremony every holiday.

The people are so patriotic they host regular appreciation events, have painted murals around town, hang ‘Welcome Home’ signs when troops return, and provide military discounts. Captain and Clark met veterans who still give back and support their neighbors and said, “We were able to see and do so much, but what really stood out to us were the people that we met.”

Visitors should be sure to see Liberty Park, the Clarksville Marina, and the Downtown Market while in town. The Downtown Market is hosted every Saturday during summer and most of fall. Otherwise known as the “farmer’s market,” the event helps support local businesses and promotes healthy eating.

Over summer you can enjoy live outdoor music during Riverfest and anytime you can tour the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center. Parks After Dark is a popular summer program, which offers concerts and “Movies in the Park” screenings.

I am one of the few Clarksvillians that was born and raised here and can attest to the patriotism this beautiful town has always had for our military and our country. Case in point...A couple of weeks ago my husband (active duty for 23 years and going strong) and I had visited a small buisness, The Old Mercantile, and were not only greeted with southern hospitality in the form of a hot drink to thwart off the chilly day but when the owner found out that my husband had just returned for a deployment overseas he was treated to a piece of cake, a comfortable chair while I shopped and a wholehearted thank you hug. This was an exceptional expression of appreciation but similar scenes such as this play out all over this great city of ours. One drive down any road in town and you are aware of all of the American flags and "We Support The Troops" or "Thank You" signs at most homes and buisnesses. As a military wife for nearly 25 years I am constantly aware of how our whole country appreciates the sacrifices these military men and women make but in all our travels my heart is never more proud than when we come home to Clarksville USA.
Reviewed by LisaMilhauser
on September 17, 2012
I was not born and raised here, but this town is like one big happy family. It's amazing that if or when you need something or someone they just appear at your call! At the top "Our Beloved Soldiers" and the festivals in this awsome town. Good old fashion family..
Reviewed by Janey
on September 17, 2012
I didn't know much about the military when I lived in Michigan. I marched in the Memorial Day Parades in my home town but it did not have much meaning. When I moved to Clarksville there was an overwhelming sense of pride. People here would do anything for each other. I have more respect for my country than ever before.
Reviewed by amanda91986
on September 17, 2012
Great town and wonderful people.
on September 17, 2012
I love this town! We love our soldiers!
Reviewed by evachen549
on September 17, 2012
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