Gleason was first organized as a community in 1850. At that time Gleason was called Oakwood, named for a large oak tree that stood next to Mr. W.W. Gleason’s general store. The community, which was settled as a result of the railroad, developed near the railroad tracks. Although growth was slow at first, agricultural products, chiefly cotton and tobacco, kept the town alive. 

On August 6, 1857, a proposition to subscribe stock to the Nashville & Northwestern Railroad to the amount of 2.25% of the taxable property of the county was submitted to an election held on that date. The vote polled: For – 1,177; Against – 1,812. After considerable controversy and a final decision by the Supreme Court, the stock, in the amount of $100,000.00 was subscribed, and the taxes to go toward payment collected in three annual installments. By 1861, Gleason had its first completed railroad, the Nashville and Northwestern. 



210 East Main Street, Gleason, TN  38229
(731) 681-0123
Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 4 PM
Closed Saturday and Sunday

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Earthen Vessels Pottery, Gifts and Bistro in Gleason utilizes Gleason’s own mined ball clay to create unique and custom items from clay generously contributed by Imery’s Ceramics of Gleason. Not only does Earthen Vessels feature these unique pottery items, but also features a bistro where patrons can enjoy freshly ground coffee, gourmet cupcakes and muffins, and other tasty treats in a relaxing atmosphere – served using tableware produced using Gleason Ball Clay. Come and see the selection of gifts which includes Goat Milk soap, homemade jams, jellies and preserves, custom made cakes, and much more. Check out one of the pottery classes provided there and learn all about the pottery making process. Opening its doors for business during the first week of July 2016, Earthen Vessels is owned and operated by Jim Keeling and his daughter Maria McLain, a native of West Kentucky who has been in the ministry for over 50 years, serving as a pastor and missionary in Alaska and the West Indies. He currently lives in Newbern, Tennessee and is known by many Tennesseans as “The Preaching Potter,” who has used his outstanding skills at the potter’s wheel as a ministry to illustrate Biblical truth. Each item made at Earthen Vessels carries the Keeling “Makers Mark,” and is guaranteed to contain ball clay that has been mined right in Gleason. The City of Gleason is internationally renowned for its large deposits of ball clay, a very rare and mineral that is found in few places in the world.  Ball clay is in high demand due to its special color once fired, as well as the composition of the clay itself, which adds both strength and plasticity to many commonly used household items.  Gleason is often referred to as “The ball clay capital of the world.”  


102 W Main St
Gleason, Tennessee 38229
(731) 648-5146
HOURS: Monday - Friday   9:00 AM - 6:00 PM    
Saturday:  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM       
Sunday:  Closed

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For 80 years, Gleason City Drug has remained an independent family pharmacy that has grown from a small, neighborhood drugstore to a modern pharmacy offering traditional prescription services, compounding, and immunizations.  With quality products at affordable prices, they provide the personalized attention and customer service you expect from a local business.  

When shopping for the perfect gift or decoration for your home, they offer an abundant selection of unique gifts and home décor.  From everyday items to special occasion decorations, seasonal collectibles, jewelry, and candles - you’ll find something perfect for every event.  Gleason City Drug is your complete stop for bridal registry in Gleason.  They offer everything from home, kitchen, and dining.  Come and see all of the many fine gifts and items they have to offer. 


553 E Union St
Gleason, Tennessee
(731) 648-9239
CAFÉ HOURS: 10:00AM - 2:00PM

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Owned and operated by Mrs. Tammy Collins, Simply Southern offers incredible specialties and delicious food for lunch during the week. A perfect family atmosphere, Simply Southern specializes in home cooking, daily lunch specials, sandwiches, burgers, desserts and features a small private dining room perfect for dining and meetings. The restaurant available for night time use for special occasions and delivery is available. 

Simply Southern can also cater your special event. With reasonable pricing and a delicious assortment of choices, Mrs. Tammy can help you pick the perfect custom menu to suit your event. Need a quick lunch option for your meeting? Mrs. Tammy can also provide a sack lunch option that is sure to please and satisfy. Also available is a unique and heartfelt option: Meals with Meaning. Simply Southern Catering team creates a custom meal of your choice, and delivers it to the family in their time of loss, sickness, new baby, new home, and any other reason that might be needed. Call the Simply Southern Catering team today to discuss Meals with Meaning Menu Choices. Experience a delicious meal that is Simply Southern.