Hunt Phelan House
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 16-room mansion was designed in the Federal style and completed in 1832 for a man named George H. Whyett (the second owner, William Hunt, expanded the house in 1855). It is the last of the grand houses built in the city before the Civil War. As such, it stands as a reminder of the prosperity the South enjoyed in the antebellum period. It is also significant for its strong ties to the war. Confederate General Leonidas Polk and Union General Ulysses S. Grant both used the house as their headquarters. Grant was here for a couple of weeks beginning on June 27, 1862, planning the Vicksburg campaign, and Polk was here while he prepared for the battle of Corinth, Mississippi. Five presidents, including Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson, visited the house in the 19th century. Today, the house serves as a wedding and event venue.
Backstory and Context
Harper, Herbert. "Hunt-Phelan House." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. February 11, 1971. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/0f608072-8bcf-45d4-9897-e1166d826e89.
Lester, Dee G. "Hunt-Phelan House." Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. December 25, 2009 (Last Updated January 01, 2010). http://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/entry.php?rec=673.