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Since 1936, country cooking has meant just one thing to the folks of Hickman County, Tennessee:


"The Beacon Light Tea Room" 


Built by H.O. Ramsey, this small brick restaurant on Highway 100 (just west of Nashville, in Bon Aqua, TN) has always been known for it's country ham, skillet fried chicken, hot biscuits and home-made preserves.   Change doesn't happen quickly in these parts, and the Beacon Light continues with essentially the same good food it has served since it's opening so many years ago.  


Much appreciation is owed to several that have carried on the Beacon Light tradition:  Lon and Annie Loveless and Gurline Luna to name a few.   Now the current owners (the Winn family- pictured below) are proud to carry on the traditions of providing great service with high quality good old Southern cooking!

Current Owners Kim & Darrell Winn with their family:  

Daughters Kayla and Elisha with grandson, Braxton.


It's true that the government-built beacon light, which directed the old prop planes flying the mail between Memphis and Nashville, is gone from the area.  However, the Beacon Light restaurant, close to where the light once stood, is still much as it was when Ramsey decided to capitalize on the name of the revolving  pathfinder that was erected on his land in 1931.


This 1928 U.S. Postage air mail stamp depicts what the beacon might have looked like in 1931.  Learn more about the history of the U.S. Air Mail service's beginnings at:


Beacon Mail Stamp of 1928


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