It's no secret that I'm a fan of touring historic homes. I take tours on vacation and here in my own city. I've taken my children with me on these tours since they were toddlers and now that they are all teens, I can still convince them to explore with me. I will admit to you that my kids haven't always been as …enthusiastic about these tours as I am. But they still reference things we have seen and learned at these homes all the time. So maybe your kids won't be super excited to take a tour with you but, trust me, take them anyway. It's one thing to learn about President Andrew Jackson in school. It's quite another to walk down a staircase where Jackson once walked or see the kitchen where his food was prepared. If I can't convince you to tour some of these wonderful homes with your kids, at least consider an adult outing to one or two. Have a day date with your spouse, spend an afternoon touring with your girlfriends or show off some of Middle Tennessee's history to your out of town guests.
The Croft House (Map) was built by Colonel Michael C. Dunn in 1810. The home has had several owners and renovations. It is now part of The Nashville Zoo. Home tours are available at different times throughout the year. Find tour information at this link.
The Buchanan Log House (Map) was built by James Buchanan in 1808. Tours generally begin in April and go through September. The Log House also hosts several family friendly events each year. Find tour information and events schedule at this link.
The Sam Davis Home (Map) is the childhood home of Sam Davis,a ‘boy hero' of the Civil War. The Greek Revival home was built in 1810 and renovated in 1850. Find information on touring the Sam Davis home at this link.
Cragfont (Map) was the home of General James Winchester, a soldier in the American Revolution and a General in the War of 1812. Cragfont was built in 1802. Open for tours from mid April through October. Tour information can be found at this link.
Wynnewood (Map) is the oldest surviving log structure in Tennessee. The main building was constructed as a stagecoach terminal in 1828. Open for tours from mid April through October. Tour information can be found at this link.
Carnton Plantation and Carter House – Franklin, TN
Carnton (Map) was built in in 1826 by Randal McGavock. The home was used as a field hospital during the Battle of Franklin in 1864. Carter House (Map) was built by Fountain Branch Carter in 1830. The home was used as headquarters for the Twenty-Third Army Corps during the Battle of Franklin. Both of these homes and The Lotz House are owned by The Battle of Franklin Trust. Tour information for all locations can be found at this link.