Bowen Plantation House
Bowen House - courtesy of the nashville-vacation-fun.com website
Bowen House well - courtesy of the nashville-vacation-fun.com website
Bowen House bread oven - courtesy of the nashville-vacation-fun.com website
Backstory and Context
Captain Bowen's grandparents arrived from Wales around 1698 and settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Bowen's father, John, and his mother moved to Virginia in 1730 and had twelve children. By the time Bowen was 35 years old, he had already earned a sizeable income. He was paid in land grants (in Tennessee) for his service in the Revolutionary War and moved he and his family there in 1785. Eventually, Bowen would acquire a sizable property of several thousand acres, some of which is now part of Moss-Wright Park. One of Bowen's other children, William Russell, lived in the house until 1835. Several owners lived here afterwards. For a time, it was used as a tenant until 1960. It had to be abandoned because it was in terrible shape. Fortunately, the Tennessee Historical Commission restored it in 1976 and opened it for tours in 1980.
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"The Bowen Family." Rootsweb.com. Accessed January 5, 2015. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnsumner/bowen.htm.
Dalton, Robert. "Bowen-Campbell House." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. July 25, 1977. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/bd0d3a12-1710-4627-8b11-ff6d4db14a4d.