Preservation Personals: The Grand Dame of Middle Tennessee
Since the turn of the 19th century, I’ve been standing south of Nashville, Tennessee, near the spot where two rivers—the Harpeth and the West Harpeth—flow into one. Understandably, they call me Meeting of the Waters.
My 18 acres sat along the Old Natchez Trace, an important trade and travel route created first by migrating prehistoric animals and maintained by Native Americans. It wound from Natchez, Mississippi, up to Nashville through the heart of Choctaw and Chickasaw land.
I stand just minutes away from the award-winning, 155-foot, double-arched concrete bridge on the modern Natchez Trace Parkway. I’m also just a few miles from the heart of downtown Franklin, a preservation success story. In short, my history is intimately tied to the area’s: my third owner’s wife Martha Thomas Maury was the granddaughter of Abram Maury, Franklin’s founder.
But my location isn’t my only selling point. In fact, I would be just as impressive without it. I am an impressively intact two-story Federal house built between 1800 and 1809, and I remain one of the oldest and grandest houses in the county. I was carefully renovated around a decade ago and combine historic integrity with all the creature comforts of the 21st century, like updated plumbing, HVAC, and electric. My beautifully designed gardens and outbuildings, including a guest cabin and wine cellar, invite you to stroll in the warm Southern summers, and my back porch practically begs for you to sit and watch the river flow. All I need now is another preservation-minded owner to see me into the next century.