Open: Monday through Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Last tour is daily at 3:30pm
Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Directions: Six miles south of downtown Nashville. From I-65 South, take Exit 78B, Harding Place. Go left at light onto Franklin Road, go left at Farrell Road (about 1 mile), and follow signs to Travellers Rest.
Travellers Rest, once home to the influential Overton family, has been welcoming visitors to Nashville since the late 18th century. The historic house museum and the collection interpret life in Middle Tennessee from 1799 to 1833. The museum is a window to life in the early antebellum years. In addition, archaeological evidence of the site's earliest occupants, 15th c. Mississippian Indians, and the involvement of a later generation of Overtons in the Civil War, enable the historic site to interpret "One Thousand Years of Tennessee History."
Judge John Overton, builder of Travellers Rest, served as a superior court judge for the State of Tennessee. He was involved in banking and land speculation and helped establish Memphis, Tennessee. Because of a close friendship with Andrew Jackson, Overton became Jackson's presidential campaign advisor. At Travellers Rest, he was host to Jackson, Sam Houston, and many other dignitaries of the day.
In 1954, The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in Tennessee, which still owns this property, rescued the house and grounds from threatened demolition and commenced restoration. Travellers Rest is now operated by a non-profit organization with a professional staff whose Board of Directors and membership include both Colonial Dames and members of the community. NSCDA in the State of Tennessee provides the Museum with significant support, financial and otherwise, and maintains its headquarters there.
Travellers Rest is Nashville's oldest historic house open to the public. Restoration is based on the interpretative plan of architectural historian, William Seale.