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Sumner Living History

The Past Speaks To The Present Through Historic Homes

Sumner County is home to some of the most beautiful and historic sites in Middle Tennessee. Many of these properties date back to just after the founding of the county in 1786, and they have all been adorned with period authentic furnishings.

When visitors step foot on the grounds of the properties, they feel a palpable sense of history as they realize that they are walking on the same paths trod by legendary figures such as Daniel Smith, Andrew Jackson and James Winchester. Inside the homes, guests can almost hear the echoes of the past.

Most of these properties are available for free to low-cost tours on a year-round basis. However, several of them close during the winter and will not be available for guest visits again until April. These sites include Rock Castle, Cragfont and Wynnewood.

This spring, we invite Hendersonville Lifestyle readers to plan a road trip to explore the fascinating history of Sumner County as lived through the homes of its founders.

Rock Castle State Historic Site

139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville, TN 37075


Built by: General Daniel Smith in 1796 (construction began in 1784 but was delayed due to conflicts with indigenous peoples)

Architecture: Limestone cabin

Douglass-Clark House

2115 Long Hollow Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066


Built by: Elmore Douglass in 1786

Architecture: Log cabin

Bridal House

2315 Highway 25, Cottontown, TN 37066

Built by: Moore Cotton in 1819

Architecture: Log cabin with oversized wood

Cragfont State Historic Site

200 Cragfont Road, Castalian Springs, TN 37031


Built by: General James Winchester in 1798

Architecture: Georgian

Wynnewood State Historic Site

210 Old Highway 25, Castalian Springs, TN 37031


Built by: A. R. Wynne, William Cage and Stephen Roberts in 1828

Architecture: Rustic stagecoach cabin

Rose Mont

810 South Water Avenue, Gallatin, TN 37066


Built by: Judge Josephus Conn Guild in 1842

Architecture: Greek revival


  • Docent Monica Martin welcomes visitors to Rose Mont.
  • Rock Castle State Historic Site
  • Cragfont State Historic Site
  • Douglass-Clark House
  • Bridal House
  • Wynnewood State Historic Site
  • Rose Mont