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Rippavilla, built in 1855, was one of the premier farms in Middle Tennessee. On November 29, 1864, the home and the families who lived there found themselves in the middle of one of the most dramatic events of the Civil War.

Rippavilla and the Cheairs family have been part of the Spring Hill and Maury County story since the early 1800s.  The Greek Revival-style home that stands today was built in the mid-1850s by Nat Cheairs, who served as a major in the 3rd Tennessee Infantry during the Civil War.  He and his wife, Susan, were one of the wealthiest families in the region, along with families like the Thompsons and the Polks.  Large numbers of enslaved people and substantial agricultural production were the bedrock of farms like Rippavilla.  During the war, the Battle of Spring Hill unfolded across the property on November 29, 1864.

Rippavilla is owned by the City of Spring Hill and is managed by The Battle of Franklin Trust, a private, nonprofit organization. Thousands of guests from across the country visit to learn about the Civil War, the years leading up to the conflict, and its aftermath.

Learn more about the history of Rippavilla HERE.

Source: BOFT




5700 Main Street, Spring Hill, TN 37174


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Monday through Saturday 9AM - 5PM
Sunday 11AM - 5PM
Last guided tour begins at 4PM.
Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.