Built in the 1830s near Chapel Hill Road in Montgomery County, Tenn., this cabin was the home of Newton and Savannah Weakley, grandparents of Historic Collinsville founder Glenn Harris Weakley. Mr. Glenn's father, Rev. Ewing Sanford Weakley, carved his initials, ESW, in the small closet under the stairs. Glenn and his wife JoAnn established Historic Collinsville in 1974, opening to the public in 1997. Learn more about the area and its history, receive a tour map of the grounds, and browse through memorable gifts in the Visitor Center.
Pre-Civil War with very large logs and extra fine dovetail notches.
Robert Peyton Lewis was born here in 1845. The home served as a family home for Mr. and Mrs. George W. Lewis and their 13 children, as well as a lookout for Union Soldiers.
Ear corn was stored in the corn crib for both the family and the animals.
This structure was used to preserve meat for the family. During the winter, hog meat was smoked to preserve it for later use.
Named because Jesse would sleep in the yard outside, his friend’s home, while he and his men would travel from Missouri to Logan County, KY to see his fiancé Zerelda Mimms. After a nine-year engagement and traveling to see her, they married in 1874. This home is currently under reconstruction.
Constructed in 1838, the home originally belonged to Dr. Benton Adkins, a neurosurgeon from Nashville who died in 2003. In the mid-1800s, many homes also functioned as schools for traveling teachers. Teachers earned a very small income of $30 a year for female teachers and $60 a year for white males. Inside you will find nice, but simple, furniture and on the wall are written the rules that teachers were expected to follow.
This property was used for both worship and learning. The portable teacher’s desk is of particular interest.
Built for daughter, Kitty (Catherine), who raised her children in the house and lived there until she died. Housed in the parlor is a baby tender that is from the 1700s. It was found in Sarah Hale’s home in Massachusetts. Sarah wrote "Mary Had A Little Lamb" in 1830 and was a crusader in making Thanksgiving a national holiday.
Built by Barnabus Powers. The hand-hewn meat box is made from a single poplar tree and filled with salt to cure hogs and other meats before smoking them.
Loom houses were important in established homesteads to create cloth for clothing.
The blacksmith was a VIP in the community. He created everything that used iron or metal for the community. R.C. Collins was a blacksmith by trade, he also gave Southside, Tenn. its name Collinsville.
Made from chestnut trees, this tobacco barn housed burley tobacco which was air dyed, unlike the dark-fired tobacco that was also grown in this region. The barn was built before 1900 because a blight destroyed all the chestnut trees in the region at that time.
Built by Nathaniel Irby, the Wildlife Center displays both animals from Tennessee and around the world, plus a Native American artifact collection.
Samuel Weakley was good friends with President Andrew Jackson. Samuel conducted surveys for many of the streets in Nashville. Here in the smokehouse, which was located behind the original Weakley home that was destroyed by winds in 1998, men would gather and visit.