If you’re heading south to Dixie, you can’t miss an opportunity to tour some of the most beautiful antebellum plantation homes in the country. From working farms to presidential mansions, each of these homes played a role in American history that shouldn’t be forgotten.
Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum, Nashville
The home of Judge John Overton, close friend and confidant of President Andrew Jackson, is the oldest mansion in Nashville that can still be toured by the public. Built in 1799, this Federal style home is a step back in time that shouldn’t be missed.
John Carter Mansion, Elizabethtown
The John Carter Mansion, built between 1775 and 1780, is the oldest standing frame house in the state of Tennessee. Take the time to tour the home and drink in its intricate interior design and its example of 18th-century architecture.
Lotz House, Franklin
There are multiple museum homes in Franklin, the site of the bloody Battle of Franklin. The tour includes the grim tale of the horrors that happened inside its walls during the terrible battle fought over a region’s desire to cede from the state of Tennessee.
The Hermitage, Nashville
President Andrew Jackson, renown as “Old Hickory,” was the seventh president of the United States, serving from 1829 to 1837. Though he was from South Carolina, Jackson lived in his Nashville Home, the Hermitage. Several scenes from the hit TV show “Nashville” have been filmed here. The buildings on the grounds include The First Hermitage, the log cabin that Jackson and his family inhabited while the main house was built, the one-acre garden where Jackson erected a tomb after the passing of his beloved wife Rachel. Today Jackson rests in peace beside Rachel in the garden they loved so much.
The tour includes the mansion and grounds, and visitors can indulge in a self-guided tour or choose the interactive audio tour.
The Tipton-Haynes House
Colonel John Tipton, who was an integral part of the terrible Battle of Franklin, and led the opposition against the Tennessee Valley inhabitants that attempted to cede and form their State of Franklin in 1788. Tipton built the home in 1784, and the remains of this lovely historic estate today are comprised of a nature trail, a cemetery, and ten original buildings, all spanning a 45-acre estate.
Step back in time as you tour each one of these 18th and 19th-century homes, and immerse yourself in the glorious—and sometimes grim—past of Tennessee.