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Sumner County paints a vivid picture of life during the post-Revolutionary War and Civil War periods. Sumner County is fortunate to have eight historic homes and two fort sites that are open to the public. Lovingly-preserved mansions hold little-seen treasures, including a rare oil painting of George Washington and a set of Martha Washington’s china. Some historic sites feature guided tours where you can hear about how life evolved from one of survival on the frontier to a more comfortable life on the plantation. You’ll be able to stand in rooms where Andrew Jackson, Sam Houston, and other founding fathers of our country had dinner, planned strategies, and danced the night away.

Castalian Springs

Bledsoe’s Fort Historical Park

Hwy. 25

View the outline of the Revolutionary War era Bledsoe’s Fort, recovered through archaeological digs. Site also includes a walking trail, two 1700-era cabins, frontier cemetery and prehistoric natural spring.

Hawthorn Hill

195 Old Highway 25E

This original settlement c. 1805 farmhouse uniquely represents early middle class Federal-style architecture. The present day 10.45 acres was once part of a 208-acre land grant given to Charles Carter in the 1790s by the state of North Carolina. The house was later occupied by War of 1812 veteran Col. Humphrey Bate beginning in 1817. A Bate descendant, Dr. Humphrey Bate, was the first performer of the “old-time” music on Nashville-area radio and on the Grand Ole Opry radio show. Dr. Bate’s string band was called “The Possum Hunters” and his daughter, Alcyone, also performed in the band and was the first female artist to perform on the Grand Old Opry radio broadcast.

Hawthorn Hill requires advanced scheduling to be viewed. Call Historic Wynnewood at 615-452-5463 to schedule a tour.

Historic Cragfont

200 Cragfont Road

Completed in 1802, this mansion was built by General James Winchester, one of the founders of Memphis. Features a second story ballroom and elegant gardens.

Historic Cragfont is open to seasonally to the public from April 15-November 1 Tuesdays-Sundays. The site is open by advanced appointment only from November 2-April 14.

Historic Wynnewood

210 Old Highway 25

Standing two stories tall and 142 feet long, Wynnewood is likely the largest nineteenth century log structure ever built in Tennessee. Erected in 1828, it served as a mineral springs resort.

Historic Wynnewood is open seasonally from March-November on Wednesdays-Sundays from 10am-4pm. The site is open by advanced appointment only between the months of December-February.


Bridal House

2315 Highway 25 W
Cottontown, TN 37048
(615) 461-0819

Built by Moore Cotton in 1819 for his daughter Elizabeth as a wedding gift, the Bridal House remains as the only log building associated with the Cotton family of whom Cottontown was named for. The house, with its large hewn poplar logs, illustrates the life of a working class family in the early 1800s.

The Bridal House is open for tours the first Saturday of each month, April-November, or by appointment.


Douglass-Clark House

2115 Long Hollow Pike

The Douglass-Clark House, restored by Sumner County, serves as a visitors and interpretive center. The house is on both the Tennessee and National Register of Historic Places. A single room inside the house served as one of the first Sumner County courthouses from 1788 through 1790. The house also has Civil War significance with four of the Clark brothers serving in the Confederate army. A Civil War Trail Marker is at the site.

The Douglass-Clark House is open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 9am-4:30pm throughout the year with the exception of the 3rd full week in January in which the site is closed. The site is also closed on all major holidays.

Palace Theater

146 North Water
615-230-0884, 615-452-5692

The South’s oldest silent movie theater in its original location has been restored and now shows current movies, hosts live shows, concerts and performances.

Historic Rose Mont

810 South Water

One of Tennessee’s finest examples of Greek Revival architecture with an unusual design. The home of Josephus Conn Guild was built between 1836 and 1842. Guild was held prisoner in the North during the Civil War.

Historic Rose Mont is open seasonally to the public April 15-October 31 on Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10am-4pm. The site is closed on Mondays and all holidays.

Sumner County Museum

183 West Main

Native American and African American displays, antique toys, cars & trucks, period clothing, quilts, military & gun collections, music and entertainment items.

The Sumner County Museum is open seasonally from April 1- October 31 on Tuesdays-Fridays from 9:30am-4pm. Advanced appointments must be made to the view the museum on weekends. The site is closed on Mondays.

Sumner County Archives

365 North Belvedere

Does your family have a Sumner County connection? Visit our archives to help you trace your family’s ancestry. Extensive collection of records dating from 1786 when the county was formed. Excellent genealogical research library.

The Sumner County Archives are open on weekdays from 8am-4:30pm. They are closed on posted holidays.

Trousdale Place

183 West Main

This home of former Tennessee Governor William Trousdale was built in 1813 in the heart of Gallatin. Contains original Trousdale furniture and a small Confederate library.

Trousdale Place requires advance reservations to tour the site. Please call ahead at 615-452-5648 to schedule your visit to Trousdale Place.


Mansker’s Fort and the Bowen Plantation House

705 Caldwell Lane

Includes an authentic reconstructed 1779 frontier fort and the Bowen Plantation House, the oldest brick home in middle Tennessee. Historic interpreters demonstrate 18th century skills.

Mansker’s Fort and the Bowen Plantation House are open seasonally from early March through early December on weekdays from 9am-3pm. The site is closed for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and the Day After Thanksgiving.


Cold Springs School and Museum

303 Portland Blvd.

Built in 1857, this one room schoolhouse serves as a museum of local history. It houses a collection of books, old photographs, and Civil War and U.S. Bicentennial memorabilia.

Cold Spring School and Museum is open on Sundays from 2pm-4pm between the months of June-August.

Days Gone By Museum

122 Davis Street
615-325-2555 or 615-574-0749

Take a stroll through yesteryear! View well over 100 antique tractors, trucks, implements and vehicles.

The Days Gone By Museum is open seasonally from April-October on weekdays from 9am-4pm. To tour the site in the off-season or on weekends, an advanced appointment must be made.


Historic Rock Castle

139 Rock Castle Lane

General Daniel and Sarah Smith’s circa 1784 home. The General acted as surveyor for this frontier, produced the state’s first map and is credited with naming the state of Tennessee. Historic Rock Castle sits on beautiful lakefront acreage in Hendersonville. Please call ahead to schedule your tour.

Historic Rock Castle is open annually from March-December on Tuesdays-Saturdays, and on Sundays between the months of April – November. Tours of the interior are given on a set schedule. Reservations are required at least 24 hours ahead of time outside of the set schedule, so call ahead if your group has specific time needs.

Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center

1017 Antebellum Circle

A beautiful two-story wood frame home built around 1860 that was used as a hospital during the Civil War. Enjoy its acclaimed art exhibits, history, arts movement, events and classes for children and adults.

Museum Hours are Tuesday- Saturday 10:00 am- 5:00 pm.


Tennessee Civil War Trail

As a gateway to the South, Tennessee was vital to both the Union and Confederacy. In Sumner County, the railroad and river were important transportation routes, and the Union Army occupied the county seat of Gallatin throughout the war. Daily life quickly changed as the area was drained of resources to support the army, and morale sank as charges of treason ran rampant between former neighbors. Learn more about soldiers, civilians, and daily life at the many sites in Sumner County that are now listed on the Tennessee Civil War Trails.