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“Steeped in history, worth discovering”

Historic Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum
Ranked #60 of 258 things to do in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum celebrates the history of early Nashville. The home, built by Judge John Overton, was completed in 1799 - just three years after Tennessee became a state. The home is furnished with period and family pieces all dating to the 1830s or earlier.
Reviewed June 5, 2013

Traveller's Rest is probably one of the more underrated Nashville attractions, but is definitely worth visiting. The house is one of the oldest surviving structures of its kind in Tennessee and home to Judge John Overton, a man who played a prominent role in shaping Tennessee history as well as the career of Andrew Jackson. While Traveller's Rest is not one of the more lavishly decorated plantation homes in Middle Tennessee, it still has several objects of interest and stories to tell. A portion of the Civil War Battle of Nashville was fought in the vicinity. The site is also a Mississippian (prehistoric Native American) burial ground and some archeological artifacts are on display in the house. History lovers should put this on their "must see" list.

7  Thank magellan74
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

Any Civil War History buff should enjoy their visit. Artifacts and period clothing coupled with knowledgable guides who are especially well versed on the battles and and expeditions around Nashville.

5  Thank Bartemus
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

We learned so much about how close homes were to the front lines of the civil war, how folks traveled the country and just stopped in to rest for the evening. These travelers could be ordinary folk or governors and Presidents.

6  Thank Krishna M
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

We visited here in November and were very impressed. After visiting other plantations over the years this one was quite different. Simple but beautiful, utilitarian and not ornate. Our docent was wonderful and we were the only ones on the tour. The buildings on the grounds and the grounds themselves were wonderful. I would highly recommend a visit to this historical place.

5  Thank dtsclark
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

Built in 1799 is the key thing to remember when touring this attraction. Amazing how John Overton established himself in what was then considered THE WEST. Indians were mean, and he's a very educated man, a lawyer in fact. He married, had a family, farmed his land with slaves, and survived the Civil War. He knew Rachael Jackson, President Andrew Jackson's wife before she married President Jackson. Their families entwined and formed strong, lasting friendships. The Jackson's visited Traveller's Rest often and you know they slept there and sat in the dining room chairs, original to the house. This place is rich in Civil War history as one of Nashville's bloodiest battles was fought on this property while the household/slaves huddled in the cellar, except for two of Overton's sisters. The house even took a shell on the West side. Amazing how long the descendants lived in this house, until the 1970's if I recall correctly. We had a guide that is also a reinactor and knew MUCH history. I made sure our little group of travellers saw a good range of plantations, this one being the earliest. I wouldn't place it on the top of my list, but if you have time, make a trip here.

5  Thank HenriettaB
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