One of Nashville’s hidden historic gems, Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum was nearly demolished in the 1950s. The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America’s Tennessee branch came to its rescue and still has members on the nonprofit board that now operates the museum.
Thanks to their efforts, today Travellers Rest is the oldest historic house in Nashville open to the public. John Overton, a friend of Andrew Jackson, built the home in 1799 in what’s now the Creive Hall neighborhood. The structure has been carefully restored to interpret Middle Tennessee life dating from 1799 to 1833.