Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum
Follow the life of one of Tennessee’s most influential 19th century characters, Judge John Overton. The historic house represents in detail his family, his ventures, and the friendships he built before his death in 1833.
Please join us for a guided historic house tour with a lunch option.
Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum is one of the most unique historic homes in the Nashville, Tennessee area.
The home, built by Judge John Overton was completed in 1799 - just three years after Tennessee gained statehood.
At that time, Tennessee was the Western frontier and Nashville
was the place that many came to make their fortune.
John Overton, the founder of Memphis, had a circle of friends that included the likes of Andrew Jackson and Sam Houston. Overton was one of Jackson's closest friends and a driving force in Jackson's campaign for the presidency. He and men like him used politics and power to expand the nation and their wallets.
Years later, Overton's son would be the wealthiest man in the state of Tennessee and builder of the Maxwell House
Hotel. During his time at Travellers Rest Plantation, the home would be used as the headquarters for General John
Bell Hood in the days leading to the Battle of Nashville. The estate's peach orchard would
be marred by the battle's bloodiest fighting.
But wait...this place has even more history and that of a more ancient nature. About 900 years ago the land where Travellers Rest Plantation sits today was a prehistoric Mississippian village. The Mississippian culture spread along the rivers of the Southeastern United States between approximately AD 900 and 1500, and left behind numerous archaeological sites and earthen mounds. Another reason to uncover the extensice history of Travellers Rest Plantation.