Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum
This home and plantation was built by Judge John Overton in 1799, three years after Tennessee secured its statehood. Overton, who founded of Memphis, was a wealthy slave owner, a land speculator, a close friend and advisor to Andrew Jackson, and a judge for the Tennessee Supreme Court. He was also an officer for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Guests can tour the historic plantation, learn about Overton and the history of early Nashville, and also learn about the Civil War in the region. The museum's new exhibit, The Battle of Nashville, tells the story of the Civil War from the perspectives of multiple residents of Travellers Rest who lived at the plantation during the war.
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