Bush's Racing

Get Revved Up for Bush’s® Racing!

Drivers Chris Buescher and Ryan Preece are fueled up and ready to tear up the track! Catch Chris in #37 and Ryan in #47 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 proudly representing BUSH’S® Beans as a part of JTG Daugherty Racing. Join us in rooting for our favorite drivers on their road to victory!

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Bush's Racing
Discover the place where it all began.
Bush's Visitor Center

Come on down to the BUSH'S® Visitor Center in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee, where you can trace the values and events that made BUSH'S BEST® what it is today. And it's all housed in the original A.J. Bush & Company general store, founded in 1897.

THE MUSEUM: BUSH'S STORY

catch our show

See the BUSH'S® Theater, featuring a short film which includes a welcome from Jay and Duke, an overview of the Bush family history and a glimpse of the modern methods of processing and canning beans.

follow the bean

Take a walk through a giant replica can of BUSH'S® Baked Beans, showing the bean's journey from beginning to end.

travel through time

View a timeline of Bush Brothers & Company showing how the company changed with the times and reached customers, as well as the local community, throughout the years.

bring your appetite

BUSH'S® Family Cafe is known for our sweet desserts (and even sweeter people). Come enjoy our homemade dishes and Southern specialties (especially our Pinto Bean Pie).

closer than you think

Planning a vacation to the Smoky Mountains? Put us on your list of places to visit. We can't wait to see you!

need a souvenir?

Find something for everyone, including cookbooks, cookware and plenty of Jay and Duke memorabilia.

shop the store

We’re only 40 miles or so from Knoxville, Tennessee.

About 14 miles from Sevierville.

25 miles from Gatlinburg.

Just 19 miles from Pigeon Forge.

Less than an hour’s drive from Laurel Falls.

In fact, for anyone vacationing in (or passing through) the Smoky Mountains, we’re a must-see!

contact us

Share your comments and concerns with us. There’s nothing you can't ask - except for our Secret Family Recipe.

get in touch

hours of operation

We're open year-round, Monday through Saturday, and are with our families on Sundays and major holidays*. Hours vary depending on the season, so please call 865-509-3077 to find out our current schedule.

regular hours

  • 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

  • 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)

holidays

*If a holiday falls on Sunday, we will be closed the following Monday, with the exception of Independence Day. For the most current schedule changes, including those due to inclement weather, please check our Facebook page or Twitter feed, or call us at (865) 509-3077.

Pet Policy

We welcome all service animals, as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA defines service animals as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. These service animals are permitted inside the buildings at our Visitor’s Center.


TO SCHEDULE YOUR GROUP TOUR AT THE BUSH’S® MUSEUM, PLEASE CALL IN ADVANCE AT (865) 509-3077.

Our story is no secret.
History & Heritage

We're proud that for over 100 years, from generation to generation, we've remained a family company dedicated to serving up the best! We're proud to share some of the highlights of our history with you. Of course, the best way to learn about us is to come check out our Visitor Center outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. But for now, let us tell you about an uncommon company with a deep-seated passion for beans. It all started with canning...and a can-do attitude.

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A.J. Bush: Founder. Family man. All-around great guy.

Bush Brothers & Company is born

A family cannery

The company that would one day be known for beans started out as a tomato cannery in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee. As Americans clamored for the convenience of canned fruits and vegetables, Bush Brothers & Company added blackberries, peaches, hominy and yes, green beans, products grown, harvested and canned locally in Tennessee.

New can and processing technologies helped the company grow through World War I. However, the end of the war and the crash of the tomato market nearly forced us out of business.

Thankfully, the brothers were able to incorporate in 1922 and canning operations recovered as the market bounced back and the "roaring 20s" breathed fresh life into tomato and other commodity markets.

During the Great Depression, inexpensive foods like hominy and sauerkraut fed struggling families and helped Bush Brothers & Company operate. The development of Pork & Beans in 1934 was an additional inexpensive staple that quickly became popular.

A. J. Bush believed quality was the best policy. - Claude Bush describing his father

Beans come on the scene

A mid-century ‘a-ha!’

Pork and Beans can

Production ramped up for the war effort while our line of products continued to expand. Bush Brothers & Company canned and shipped OD green cans of Pork and Beans for American troops overseas throughout World War II.

A.J. Bush's sons continued to run the company's day-to-day operations, even as they mourned the death of their parents, A.J. and Sallie Bush in 1946.

In 1952, we added a line of variety beans. Eureka!

Consumers were eager to buy this quick, convenient alternative to dry beans. Canning dry beans allowed for year-round operation and would help set the stage for later “table-ready” products.

Vintage cans
Kathleen Bush, Condon Bush's mother and darn-good cook

THE BIRTH OF BUSH'S® BAKED BEANS

success in the ’70s & ’80s

Pork & Beans were commonly being used as an ingredient in homemade Baked Beans. And Baked Beans were also popular in Boston and in the northeast. Condon was convinced that existing Baked Beans just hadn't hit the right taste profile.

In 1969, Condon Bush working together with a few fellow employees at our Augusta, Wisconsin facility developed Bush's Baked Beans based on a Secret Family Recipe.

Baked Beans sales grew throughout the 1970s and 80s and inspired the company to introduce additional “table-ready” items. It was those Baked Beans, however, that would ultimately prove to be our biggest success in company history.

'My mother was an excellent cook. We decided we would make a Baked Beans recipe that was as near what Mother would make as was possible.'  - Condon Bush, grandson of A.J., describing his mother Kathleen Bush
Jay & Duke: best friends and the face(s) of Bush's

Closing out the 20th century

In the 1990s, Bush Brothers & Company transformed itself from a regional cannery to a national brand presence. Jay Bush (A.J.'s great-grandson) starred in the company's first national TV ad in 1994. A year later he was joined by Duke, his inimitable sidekick and talking golden retriever.

Additional flavors of Baked Beans introduced throughout the decade (such as Homestyle, Vegetarian and Bold & Spicy) complemented the company's geographic expansion to a national brand presence.

Bush's Baked Beans became America's best-loved beans.
Bean mosaic

Baked beans & beyond

A tasty future

Borrowing a smart page from our early company playbook, we returned to high quality canned variety beans with renewed enthusiasm. We introduced a new blue label for our canned beans, which proved to be popular in recipes, and alone as side dishes.

In 2008, we celebrated our company's 100th anniversary with the launch of BUSH'S® Grillin' Beans®–the most successful introduction in company history (so far).

Most recently, our easy-to-make Savory Beans were named the top Convenience Meal of 2019 by Product of the Year USA, based on a nationwide survey of 40,000 shoppers.

The future of beans is bright. Our test kitchen is currently cooking up even more exciting new products and flavors. We can’t reveal what they are just yet, but trust us—they’re gonna be tasty.

Visitor's Center

Bush Brothers & Company began as a family company, and remains one to this day. It's an important part of who we are. For generations, our mission has been to provide nothing but the best to homes and tables nationwide.

And it makes our family proud when you choose BUSH'S BEST for yours
Roll that beautiful bean footage.
Jay and Duke

JAY BUSH WON'T REVEAL THE SECRET FAMILY RECIPE FOR BUSH'S® BAKED BEANS. DUKE? THAT'S ANOTHER STORY.

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