HISTORIC TRAVELLERS REST

The 1799 Home of
Judge John Overton

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Our Mission

Travellers Rest is the oldest historic house museum open to the public in Nashville. Our primary mission is history education and we serve more than 12,000 children and adult visitors each year. Our programs and events cover 1000 years of history, from Mississippian settlement through the 19th century using the cultural resources at the 1799 home built by John Overton

Our Vision

Travellers Rest engages a national audience while contributing to Nashville’s future, preserving regional history, and inspiring learners from all backgrounds, and of all ages.

At Historic Travellers Rest, we welcome all guests regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression.

We believe as an historic site we have an obligation to provide a space that welcomes and facilitates open dialogue regarding racial inequality. We are working every day to more accurately tell the stories of all former residents of Travellers Rest, including those enslaved here, members of native communities who resided on this land prior to 1799, and property owners and their descendants. Learning from our collective history should lead to a better understanding of our present and allow for continued growth as a community, state, and country.

Education

  • SCHOOLS AND EDUCATORS
  • GIRL SCOUTS
  • TRAVELING TRUNKS

Group Tours, Luncheons and Workshops

  • GROUP TOURS AND LUNCHEONS
  • WORKSHOP FOR ALL AGES

History

  • The First Residents of Historic Travellers Rest
  • Nashville: From Frontier to Home of the U.S. President
  • "HdQrs: 6 Miles from Nashville on Franklin Pike"
  • Changes in Land & Economy Define the Emerging New South
  • Discovering Nashville Through the Doors of Travellers Rest
  • CURRENT EXHIBITS

Events