Trousdale Place

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Location183 W. Main St., Gallatin, Tennessee
Coordinates 36°23′14″N86°26′56″W / 36.38722°N 86.44889°W / 36.38722; -86.44889 Coordinates: 36°23′14″N86°26′56″W / 36.38722°N 86.44889°W / 36.38722; -86.44889
Area1.5 acres (0.61 ha)
NRHP reference No. 75001793 [1]
Added to NRHPJune 5, 1975

Trousdale Place is a historic mansion in Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennessee. It was the home of John H. Bowen, local attorney and member of the United States House of Representatives, and of governor of Tennessee William Trousdale.



Trousdale Place is a two-story Federal-style brick structure with staggered Flemish-bond brickwork. [2] [3]


John Bowen built the house circa 1813. Bowen died in 1822. William Trousdale purchased the house in 1836 and later became Governor of Tennessee. [4] The site of the house had been part of a North Carolina land grant to Trousdale's father, who had sold it in 1802 for the platting of the town of Gallatin. [2] The house was Trousdale's principal residence until his death there in 1872. His widow lived there until her death in the following decade, when the house was passed to their son, Julius Trousdale. After the 1899 deaths of Julius and his only living child, Julius' widow, Annie Berry Trousdale, deeded the home to a local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. [5] Since then, the house has been known as Trousdale Place. [5] A Confederate monument was installed on the front lawn in 1903. [3]

The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. [1] In the 1970s, the Sumner County Museum was started as a small collection displayed inside Trousdale Place. [6] By 1979, the museum was ready to build its own facility and was given permission build on the grounds of Trousdale Place. [6]

Today the house shares its grounds with the Sumner County Museum and is open to the public for tours by appointment. [7] The interior of the house is furnished with original Trousdale furniture. It also contains a small library focused on the Confederacy. [8]

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  1. 1 2 "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. 1 2 "Trousdale Place; Elder Statesman's Home". Historical Marker Database. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
  3. 1 2 Tennessee Civil War Trail Marker at Trousdale Place
  5. 1 2 "Trousdale Place Gallatin, TN". Archived from the original on 2018-06-26.
  6. 1 2 "About the Museum". Sumner County Museum. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
  7. "Trousdale Place Tours".
  8. "Trousdale Place". Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. Retrieved March 16, 2014.