Homes with History

Homes are our places of comfort, where we make traditions and tell our stories. Houses have their own stories too, and it’s just as fun to learn what those are. Here are some Middle Tennessee homes with interesting history.

210 Burlington Place

Listed in the Historic Homes of Tennessee, Burlington Mansion has a long lineage, dating back to Nashville’s fourth mayor, Joseph T. Elliston. Original materials from the 1856 home were used by noted architect Bryant Fleming (who also designed Cheekwood Estate and Gardens) to build the mansion in 1932.

In addition to building materials, Fleming incorporated elements from the 1856 house, such as the hand-carved Italian marble mantles, arched front door made of solid mahogany, and the gazebo. The gazebo, located in the Boxwood Garden behind the mansion, has a rich 165-year history. Part of the original home on Elliston Place, it was moved to be part of the mansion in 1932.

Burlington Mansion has seven bedrooms, six full bathrooms and four half bathrooms, and overall totals 10,457 square feet.

See more of 210 Burlington Place here and check out its feature in Mansion Global.

901 Skillet Gap Road

901 Skillet Gap Road is an exclusive stunning estate on Elder Mountain located in Chattanooga, TN. The home has unmatched views, multiple outdoor living spaces, and exquisite attention to detail. It was designed with the breathtaking views in mind by world-renowned architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, who also designed homes for Jackie Kennedy Onnasis, Meryl Streep, James Garner, and Rachel “Bunny” Mellon.

The home was built Sharon Mills in the 1990s. She was the daughter of Olan Mills Sr., who co-founded the company Olan Mills. The home is located in the Elder Mountain community, about 20 minutes from downtown Chattanooga. It overlooks the Tennessee River Gorge, Prentice Cooper State Forest and the protected lands of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust.

901 Skillet Gap Road consists of three bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two half bathrooms and totals 11,266 square feet. Other details of the home include private drive with gated entry, multiple patio and outdoor living spaces, gardens and orchards, chef’s kitchen with commercial grade appliances, smart home wiring, indoor lap pool, and hot tub.

See more about the home here, and read its exclusive feature in Bloomberg here.

112 Oak St

Next up is the historic Idler’s Retreat, built in 1865. Also known as the Dillion-Tucker-Cheney House, novelist Brainard Cheney and Francis Neel Cheney hosted quite a few notable guests here, including Flannery O’Connor, William Faulkner, and Robert Penn Warren. Mr. Cheney even assisted Warren in writing part of his book, All the King’s Men, at the home. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it features Greek Revival style with Italianate influence.

The home has five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and one half bath, and totals 3,548 square feet. There are five fireplaces, relined and operational, and a screened porch was added in 2010. The home also has original windows with custom storm windows, and original poplar and walnut trim and doors, some with leaded glass. Additionally, there’s an amazing free-hanging circular staircase in the entry hall.

A detached guest house features a living area, downstairs sleeping area, and sleeping loft. And the large carport doubles as entertainment space. There’s also beautiful old oak trees and one holly tree that dates back to the 1890s.

See more about 112 Oak St here.

101 Lea Avenue

Last on our homes with history is this historic mansion built in 1870 by Henry and Septima Rutledge, whose fathers were signatories to the Declaration of Independence of South Carolina. 101 Lea Avenue, also named “Rose Hill,” once housed parties for the likes of Andrew Jackson and James Polk.

The home has 10 bedrooms and two partial bathrooms and totals 8,292 square fee. Today, it’s the perfect place to continue the tradition of housing famous folks as a record label or a music publishing house. And its downtown views are incredible!

See more about 101 Lea Avenue here.


Middle Tennessee is full of history and the homes here reflect that. If you’re looking for a home in our area get started using our custom search page!