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“Antebellum Mansion near Spring Hill battlefield.”

Rippavilla Plantation
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Spring Hill
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Nestled among 100 acres of farmland and rolling hills is one of Tennessee's hidden treasures. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the mansion, or a walk through the fields where the Battle of Spring Hill raged, peruse extensive gardens and grounds, hike nature trails, and see outbuildings including one remaining slave quarter. The site also includes a historic 1855 barn, and two cemeteries. There is so much to see and explore! ​ Rippavilla is a Greek Revivial style mansion built in 1855 by Nathaniel and Susan Cheairs. The main house is over 10,000 square feet, and is filled with many original furnishings and artifacts. ​ Rippavilla is a must-see for anyone interested in the Civil War, Tennessee history, and southern agriculture.
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Reviewed April 5, 2012

The docent was very knowledgeable, entertaining. The house lovely.

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