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.
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