Travellers Rest Plantation Nashville Tennessee was built in 1799 by Judge John Overton on 2,500 acres of land. Overton named his plantation Travellers Rest because of the affection he had for his home after making the long, grueling horseback rides while serving as a judge in the remote Tennessee frontier.
Overton was a very influential Tennessean at the turn of the 19th century. During his lifetime he acquired a huge fortune and was a trusted advisor and friend of President Andrew Jackson.
Overton co-founded the city of Memphis on land he co-owned with Jackson and is the namesake of Overton Park in midtown Memphis. He was a planter, banker and lawyer and served on the Superior Court of Tennessee.
Each visit to the Travellers Rest Plantation Nashville Tennessee starts with a multimedia video about the Battle of Nashville, followed by a guided tour of the plantation grounds and the home.
Our suggestion is to take the guided house tour of Travellers Rest Plantation and enjoy a picnic lunch on the back porch of the house after your tour. Please allow at least two hours to fully enjoy your visit to Travellers Rest Plantation.
Travellers Rest Plantation Nashville Tennessee
Start at the Travellers Rest Plantation Visitor Center. Once there, you will check in at the desk and your tour will start within 30 minutes. Tours start at 10 a.m. and the final tour of the day is given at 4 p.m.
The tour of the plantation house lasts about one hour. The Battle of Nashville multimedia presentation and Civil War exhibit lasts about half an hour and can be taken before or after your house tour. Afterwards, guests are welcome to explore the plantation grounds at their leisure.
Visit Travellers Rest Plantation
Travellers Rest Plantation is located just south of Nashville – about 15 minutes from downtown via I-65 South. Parking at Travellers Rest Plantation is free and accessible by bus, rv and motor coach.
- Visit Travellers Rest Plantation online at TravellersRestPlantation.org
- Address – 636 Farrell Parkway, Nashville, TN 37220
- Phone – 615-832-8197
- Open – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday
- Closed – Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day
Tennessee Antebellum Trail Tour and Itinerary
We invite you to come visit the Tennessee plantation homes from a bygone era and make sure you allow yourself ample time to enjoy your trip. The Tennessee Antebellum Trail is a completely self-guided and self-paced tour so you can visit all the homes and sights on the trail at your leisure.
The following sample itineraries are just a guide to help you plan your trip. One of the favorites on the Tennessee Antebellum Trail is the Two Day Tennessee Antebellum Trail Experience, where you tour Travellers Rest Plantation and seven other beautiful Antebellum plantation homes while taking a relaxing drive through the beautiful Tennessee countryside.
For history loving Civil War enthusiasts, the Tennessee Antebellum Trail Civil War Tour sample itinerary will help guide you along as you go from plantation to battlefield and from cemetery to monument.
For all the thrill seeking spooky history fans and fanatics, there is a tour made just for you – the one of a kind Tennessee Antebellum Trail Ghost Tour! Walk The Hermitage mansion and cemetery grounds by lantern. Conduct a paranormal investigation at Rippavilla. Take a candlelit evening cemetery tour in Franklin. So, if you’re looking for ghosts, you can find plenty of them on the Tennessee Antebellum Trail!