Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Both Montgomery and Robertson counties have been major producers of dark-fired tobacco, and income from that crop has allowed planters in both counties to build lovely homes that dot the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee. This fall, the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council is hosting an all-day guided bus tour of five of those historic homes in Robertson County.
The 2012 Heritage Home Tour of Robertson County will be held on Saturday, September 22. Departing from the Riverview Inn parking lot (50 College Street, Clarksville) at 8:00am and returning at approximately 5:00pm, the tour bus will visit the following locations:
- Glenraven Mansion, the last large-scale, consciously designed tobacco plantation landscape in Tennessee (with a talk about the Tobacco Wars by Dr. Rick Gregory);
- Wessyngton Plantation, built in 1819 by Joseph and Mary Washington (with a discussion of The Washingtons of Wessyngton by author John Baker);
- Carousel House, with lunch catered by Burdett’s Tea Room;
- Russell House, in the process of being restored by owners Greg and Stephanie Lee;
- White House, called Maybelle by its current owners because they see it as the Belle of May Street (original name of 5th Street);
- Cheatham House, a spacious Federal-style home built by Richard Cheatham — father of Edward Cheatham, for whom Cheatham County is named — which was later changed into a Colonial Revival;
- Garner House and perhaps a few surprises still in the works!
Beyond tobacco, Montgomery and Robertson counties share a joint history. They were originally part of the same county known as Tennessee County of North Carolina. In 1796, a new state split off from North Carolina. When its first general assembly officially adopted the name Tennessee, representatives divided the original Tennessee County, naming the western part Montgomery for John Montgomery, one of the founders of the city of Clarksville, and the eastern part Robertson in honor of James Robertson, Father of Middle Tennessee.
This event is made possible in part through the generous support of Queen City Disposal, Planters Bank, Cumberland Bank & Trust, F&M Bank, Legends Bank, and Wyatt-Johnson Automotive Group.
Reservations, including lunch catered by Burdett’s Tea Room, are $70 (non-AHDC members) and $65 (AHDC members). Space is limited, and payment is due at the time of reservation. Checks made out to “AHDC” may be mailed to AHDC, PO Box 555, Clarksville TN 37041. Reservations are also available via the PayPal button below; a $2 convenience fee will accompany credit card purchases. We also recommend that you bring a lawn-chair for the John Baker talk at Wessyngton Plantation.
We regret to say that tickets to the Heritage Home Tour of Robertson County are sold out. Thank you to all of you who will be attending.