Bush’s Baked Beans Tour

their story

In 1908, A.J. Bush started his modest little cannery in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, this was the humble beginning of Bush’s Beans. 

In 1969, we stumbled across a new way to prepare our beans that would change our world forever. Simmering navy beans in a Secret Family Recipe, our Baked Beans would get world-famous when A.J. Bush’s great-grandson Jay Bush – and his ol’ pal Duke – uttered those five inimitable words: “Roll that beautiful bean footage.”

And we’ve been rolling it ever since. Celebrating the beauty of the bean at every turn. Finding new ways to transform it. New flavors, new products, new bean dreams.

There is so much to see and do at Bush’s Visitor Center!

• See the Bush’s Theater, featuring Jay Bush and his dog Duke.

• Take a walk through a giant can of Bush’s Baked Beans, showing the bean’s journey from beginning to end.

• Have your picture taken with Duke.

• Learn about the original canning process in 1908.

• View how Bush Brothers & Co have changed with the times for their customers and their community.

• Sit down and relax and enjoy a variety of homemade dishes. Southern specialties and even bean desserts!

• In the Old-Fashioned General Store you can buy goodies, gifts, souvenirs and Bush’s products. Plenty of assorted candy and Jay & Duke memorabilia.

contact information

3901 US Highway 411, Dandridge, TN 37725


Store hours:

Regular Hours (First Monday in April until the last Saturday in December)

Monday through Saturday

• Café: 11 a.m. — 4 p.m.

• Store: 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.

• Museum: 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.

• Theatre Shows, 10:30 a.m. — 3:30 p.m. (every 30 minutes)

Seasonal Hours (First Monday in January until the First Monday in April)

Monday through Saturday

• Café: 11 a.m. — 3 p.m.

• Store: 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.

• Museum: 10 a.m. — 3 p.m.

• Theatre Shows, 10:30 a.m. — 2:30 p.m. (every 30 minutes)

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