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“It is a shame” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rippavilla Plantation

Rippavilla Plantation
5700 Main Street, Spring Hill, TN 37174
(931) 486-9037
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Spring Hill
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Lexington, Illinois.
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“It is a shame”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Loved the tour and was really looking forward to it. So sad that someone purchased it in the 1920's and changed so much! The doorways were widened and the staircase was totally altered plus they added a sunroom. Hard to get the feel of what it was really like. The upstairs was interesting. The docent was so knowlegable! He loves the home and is receptive to spirits.

Visited September 2012
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Spring Hill, Tennessee
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“Antebellum Mansion near Spring Hill battlefield.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

See the place where Hood met before the disastrous Franklin and Nashville campaign. The house and tour are similar to the grounds and tour of Oaklands mansion in Murfreesboro if you've been there. No tour or study of the Battle of Franklin is complete without visiting Rippavilla and Spring Hill, as the Confederates once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by letting the Union troops slip right through their fingertips and get to Franklin.

Visited May 2012
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North Georgia
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“Very enjoyable, a bit different than other house museums”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

Rippavilla Plantation is located right across the street from the huge GM plant and although you can't see the plant, there is a commercial air about the area. Having said that, the house is definately worth seeing although it has been altered from it's original design by the 1920s owner. The downstairs doorways have been widened and a grand staircase replaced the original circular stair. Also a sun room has been added to one side. Rippavilla was owned by the Cheairs family and the owner served in the Confederacy. Early on the morning of November 30, 1864 following the Battle of Spring Hill, General Hood found the Union Army had escaped to Franklin. He held a council of war at Rippavilla and Mrs. Cheairs served the officers breakfast in her home. Afterwards they followed the Union Army into Franklin for a devestating battle. The house and grounds are now owned by a 501c non-profit organization and they rent the home out for events such as dinners and weddings. The house was being set up for a dinner during our tour. So it's a bit different than other house museums but a treat nonetheless.

Visited June 2012
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Wichita, Kansas
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“Wow, I am going against the tide on this one.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

This building was redone in the 1920's so there are a lot of changes to the structure of the house. Doorways have been expanded to mammoth size which completely changes the feel, the main stairway was torn out and replaced with a plain unit, a huge sunroom/porch has been added. This is not a real good depiction of an antebellem house. Floors have been replaced and bathrooms added. The house serves a commercial purpose as it can and is rented out for various functions. I was discouraged enough by all the changes in the basic style of the house that we left without seeing the rest of the grounds. Our guide was good and she knew her material, even explaining all the various changes and why they were done. But I left feeling that this was a commercial building rather than a historical one. So many better things to see in the Franklin area.

Visited June 2012
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Memphis, Tennessee
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“Tour Includes Civil War Artifacts, Original Slave House & Cemetery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

Touring this plantation includes a short drive trip behind the home to the original site of the slave's quarters, one of which still stands next to the family cemetery and the slave cemetery which is in the most beautiful peaceful setting. The home itself has been changed somewhat from the original by the adding of a huge sunroom in the 1920's. The plantation is the site of many weddings and therefore not as fully furnished in some rooms as most plantation homes. There are several antiques that did belong to the original family and two of the upstairs rooms are filled with Civil War artifacts found on the property as well as family member keepsakes.

Visited May 2012
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