Oaklands Mansion

Oaklands Mansion, Murfreesboro: Hours, Address, Oaklands Mansion Reviews: 4.5/5

Oaklands Mansion
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Oaklands Mansion was a symbol of wealth and prosperity in pre-civil war Middle Tennessee. From approximately 1815, until its completion just before the war, Oaklands was built in four distinct phases by two generations of the Maney family and their enslaved workforce. Later, sold at auction to cover debts incurred as a result of the war, the mansion’s evolution is a demonstration of the adaptive reuse of a structure by multiple families over an extended period. By the 1950s the derelict mansion was abandoned and scheduled for demolition. Ultimately, it was restored and transformed into a house museum that serves the community as a cultural and heritage tourism destination. Book your self-guided tour today and experience the unusual evolution of this nationally registered historic structure. The home's collection of furnishings, artwork and personal items are as unique as the building itself. Museum staff will be available to answer your questions.
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Elizabeth A
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My husband and I recently visited from Pennsylvania. We booked a tour which was an easy process. We arrived and entered the gift shop and were greeted by a very nice gentleman. He sent us over to the museum with another gentleman named Connor. He was very nice and knowledgeable of the history of the home and grounds, as was the other gentleman whose name escapes me. We were able to wander around each level of the home on our own. Each room is clearly marked with signs describing what you are looking at. (We found the background information of all of the home’s previous owners and staff quite fascinating.) They also make sure you know what not to touch or sit on, to preserve the quality of the home. They truly care for this property and everything in it. There is plenty to see and read, making the 45 minutes fly by. Our favorite item in the house was the exquisite chandelier on the second floor. Be sure to ask about the process of displaying it. When we finished, Connor brought us outside and showed us where we could explore and what there would be to see. We walked all around looking at different species of trees clearly marked, and particularly enjoyed the natural spring that is on the property with some interesting facts posted as well. I think this tour is something one should definitely do if visiting the area. The gift shop has a lot of neat items for sale to bring home as a souvenir. If you have any questions about the history, don’t hesitate to ask. The gentlemen that work there are obviously passionate about the property and it shows. I highly recommend this tour to anyone curious about Oaklands Mansion.
Written March 11, 2022
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CJG2
West Fork, AR8 contributions
Solo
Wonderful restored historic home with grounds certified as an arboretum. Home is only open for self tours during set times, so check ahead. The house has very well curated signs explaining room use as well as identifying many of the family history and oil portraits. The docent was very personable and knowledgeable and was available to answer questions. The surrounding grounds are covered with mature trees that have identification signs which include historic use information. Walking the grounds was a very pleasant break from road travel.
Written June 27, 2021
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luvmythree
luvmythree36 contributions
Beautifully restored home and grounds with many original furnishings. Our quick drive up to the house during Spring Break 2021 turned into the highlight of our Spring Break week. I live in Arkansas now, but I lived in Murfreesboro as a toddler, returned to Murfreesboro for 4 years in college, married a Murfreesboro boy, and my West Tennessee parents moved to Murfreesboro in 1995, BUT until our visit during Spring Break , I had NEVER toured or even seen the beautiful Oaklands Mansion. I'm so glad I finally took the time to visit! Luckily, we decided to drop into the gift shop on that beautiful spring day, even though the house itself was closed. It was in the gift shop that we met James, the man who runs the home. My husband told him about his days as a teen docent at the Oaklands Mansion in the 1980's, and how I had never even seen the home. Although it remains closed to tours, James kindly gave us a detailed tour. What a treat! He was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the history and future of this home. I highly recommend that everyone take time to visit. It's truly a treasure.
Written May 4, 2021
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TRob28
Murfreesboro, TN9 contributions
Friends
I attended the seventh annual Oktoberfest. What a GREAT event. Oakland’s mansion is the perfect spot. Beautiful grounds and the weather was perfect. The event is outside and having the mansion in the background makes for a great autumn 🍂 setting. Outstanding craft beer and food trucks topped it off. I plan on coming back next year!
Written September 26, 2021
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CharlieV2011
Chicago, IL1,543 contributions
Solo
I visited this beautifully restored estate and the presentation kept my interest! On the premises, visitors will have access to walking trails, restrooms, and a gift shop. The tour of the house is self guided, but there are plenty of signs that explain the rooms you enter and plenty of signs that go into detail about previous owners and restorations. It was a great experience and the details presented allowed me to picture what the house would have been like during the Civil War and postwar. Great way to spend 1 hour!
Written October 13, 2021
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Deeadrea J
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We enjoyed our tour of Oaklands Mansion. Such a stately house filled with history from many families. We enjoyed getting to know each one and ventured over to Evergreen Cemetary afterwards to find their final resting place. We also enoyed walking the grounds and seeing all the buds beginning to appear.
Written March 23, 2022
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Sloan M
Mount Juliet, TN30 contributions
Friends
This is a beautiful well maintained historic mansion. The furnishings are beautiful. The staff was helpful and friendly. The grounds are well kept. A must to see. We enjoyed the afternoon envisioning what it was like living there.
Written December 18, 2020
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Extraordinary781241
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Recently visited Oaklands. Was quite impressed with the mansion, Have visited many mansions' and this one was quite an unexpected find in this part of the country. Definitely worth the time and money. A big shout out to James Manning for an excellent and informative tour. Very accommodating.
Written May 21, 2022
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Sue M
Tennessee2 contributions
Friends
A group of us women (15) toured this fabulous mansion and the exhibit "Wedding Dresses through the Decades". When I booked this tour I was more interested in seeing the exhibit of the wedding dresses than the mansion. When I entered the mansion I felt as if I had taken a step back in time. The house was beautifully decorated and our tour director, Connor Moss, was so knowledgeable concerning the history of the mansion. He was warm and engaging which made our tour even better.
Written March 3, 2015
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nabenom
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Family
I had this review all set in my mind and got derailed by seeing the other reviews...

For me, one of the best parts of this tour (as opposed to nearly anywhere else in the south) is that they didn't beat the Civil War history of the place into your dead horse hair. The graceful manse did figure prominently in the battles fought nearby and even on the property itself, but they make the first claim and display proudly the tie to the Revolutionary War and the birth of western style "civil" ization in the area. They even and especially show how the area was a favorite of the native americans even before that.

The property itself is a very impressive piece of real estate even without any of the historical tales to regale the wayward tour member, but when you begin to see the history and the monumental effort that the first home owners put into maintaining the land grant, the place becomes nothing short of amazing. The number and kinds of trees and flowers are stunning. The spring a special beauty and the park a delight. The house shows all the stages of its development, displaying all one hundred and fifty plus years of the work and care the owners put into it with aplomb.

History breathes here. The families that kept the property and furnished the rebuilt home once the history buffs got ahold of it deserve praise. The home itself is restored very much as it might have once been, though the loss of so much of the first woodwork is surely significant and disappointing.

Walk the grounds. See the vision of the families that worked to keep the appearance of the plantation through hard times and dwindling fortunes. Acknowledge the indifference of the community and the way the city finally recognized the treasure here. Burying the past is always an option, but seeing it leap back up out the cold ground is forever gratifying.

This is an absolute coup for the City of Murfreesboro! The tour was more than educational, more than descriptive, it was a living monument. I highly recommend the house, the tour, the staff, the activities and the gift shop (filled with well chosen offerings).
Written December 4, 2014
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