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Started in 1798 and completed in 1802 by General James Winchester, Cragfont was the finest mansion house on the Tennessee frontier. The house is built of gray, rough-finished Tennessee limestone and poplar, walnut, cherry, and ash. The general brought craftsmen from his native Maryland 600 miles into the wilderness to construct his mansion. An interesting architectual feature of the house are the seven iron stars used as anchor plates for the iron rods extending from the front to the rear of the house to strengthen and tie the structure together. The truss system in the attic is similar to that of an inverted boat, indicating the carpenters were familar with shipbuilding. The house's second-floor ballroom was a first for the Tennessee country. The house is furnished with authentic American Federal antiques, some of which are original Winchester pieces. Among the notable guests at Cragfont were Andrew Jackson, Sam Houston, and John Overton.

Location: Castalian Springs Tennessee Telephone 615-452-7070

Other History nearby:
(Nashville) Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
(Castalian Springs) Cragfont
(Nashville) Kitty Wells & Johnny Wright Country Jct.
(Goliad) Market House Museum
(Nashville) Music Valley Wax Museum of the Stars
(Nashville) Oscar L. Farris Agricultural Museum

09/17 Coming to The Castalian Springs area
International Bar-B-Q Festival Owensboro KY May10-11 The Owensboro riverfront becomes a hub of activity when cooking teams gather to compete with their secret recipes for barbecue.
Tennessee Strawberry Festival Dayton TN May4-11 The Tennessee Strawberry Festival is the celebration of small town life. It offers a chance for our community to showcase its beauty, history and commitment to family values.
A Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival Mt. Juliet TN May11 Visitors will stroll from tent to tent sipping the rich heritage of Tennessee vines, savoring gourmet specialty foods, shopping for handcrafted items from local artisans, enjoying music, and attending wine & food experience seminars.
Stucky Music Festival Park City KY May17-18 It is a hard economic time and Stucky Musical Festival would like to remain a low cost event that gives both musicians and local companies a place to promote themselves, as well as sell their merchandise. Proceeds will go to growing this festival so that it can continue on and to a local charity that helps children have opportunity to participate in music and art.
Fort Harrod Beef Festival Harrodsburg KY May31-June1 The festival is designed to showcase Kentucky's beef industry. If you are looking for a fun, exciting and educational weekend full of activities; then the Fort Harrod Beef Festival is the place to be! Features a range of activities, and many center around a delicious array of beef. There are activities to suit many different interests and ages.
Great American Brass Band Festival Danville KY June7-9 The Great American Brass Band Festival is a one-of-a-kind event committed to preserving brass band music through performance and education. We pride ourselves on bringing the world's best brass band music, FREE OF CHARGE, to historic downtown Danville, Kentucky.