Dots on the Map is a means by which to shed light on historic, small communities. This blog will feature specific towns, buildings/homes, and people. Additionally, I will provide help and info on the National Register of Historic Places for those interested. Comments and suggestions for featured places/people are always welcome.
I recently spent the day with my son and step-mother in Spring Hill and Franklin. We toured both Rippavilla and Carnton Plantations. Both were amazing tours and absolutely gorgeous! Both houses stand within the Franklin Battlefield here in Tennessee and are chalked full of history. Carnton was taken over by the Confederates and utilized as a field hospital. Blood stains still remain in many of the room, the most chilling being in the nursery. Rippavilla was used as a Federal headquarters.
For those who have read my previous posts about the Newton Whitaker house in Mulberry striking similarities in the design and style of Rippavilla will be immediately striking.
carriage entrance of Rippavilla
Carnton is a a wonderful experience and I highly recommend it. To add to the experience, try reading Robert Hicks's "Widow of the South". Hicks uses the house and the McGavock family as a backdrop for a fictional love story.