Historic Travellers Rest
Historic Travellers Rest
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Historic 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. Self-guided grounds tours and guided house tours are available Tuesday-Saturdays. House tours last about an hour and are offered on the hour starting at 11:00 am. Last tour at 3:00 pm. During this time tour sizes will be limited to 8 people. Tour availability is first-come first-serve so reservations are suggested. Please call to make a reservation.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Jack F
Big Rapids, MI, United States33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Beautiful plantation house with antique furnishings & a knowledgeable guide named Benita. She answered all of our questions thoroughly & gave us background information on may people living on the grounds, including enslaved persons. We could freely take pictures & have access to almost every part of the house.
Written 1 October 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Friends
so, i've been going there for camp for like.. 3 years, and its pretty cool. if you have kids. send them to the camps there. and its also great for tours, i went on tour there a few hundred times and its awesome, i always learn something new. anyways, if your looking for something entertaining, traveler's rest is great. Also, all the people that work there are the sweetest. they all know so much about the history of the house. 10/10 would 100% reccomend
Written 5 July 2024
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Icmom38
Champaign, IL5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I toured Traveler's Rest on Valentine's Day this year. The house itself could have been interesting but the guide we had completely ruined our visit. From the minute we entered the visitors center it felt like the staff were annoyed that we were there. We toured the museum piece and watched he video which were both good and turned put to be the best part of the tour. The guide we had for the house tour was very over animated and would take long awkward pauses in her story that made us uncomfortable. We were so distracted by her terrible acting that I didn't even gather the details of the story of the house. I couldn't wait for the tour to be over and considered just asking her to stop. We were so glad when we made it through and she left us to do the outbuilding tour on our own. This house could have had good history to offer but it was all lost on us because of the guide. I have been on many of the historical home tours around Nashville and this was the only one I have not enjoyed. I would recommend all of the other tours over this one!
Written 25 February 2015
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mickonrun
Fort Lauderdale, FL252 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Family
Skip this place and drive 20 minutes into Nashville and go to the Tennessee State museum which is free and amazing. We paid for our tickets here and were never told there was a wedding starting and we couldn't see barn or house and there would be no tour! BIG RIP OFF! The ticket guy (John) was unfriendly. He actually seemed bothered that we wanted to visit. This is more of a property for rental parties or photo shoots. Check out their great advertising for that on their website. It is pretty but so is most of the Nashville area. I feel like we were suckered into paying to walk up a short path to look at the outside of 3 buildings (house, barn, & school room) and sit in a small room they call a museum where they have a few pictures on the wall and show a 20 minute video that was putting most of our family asleep. Not worth money or time!
Written 21 May 2014
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magellan74
Atlanta, GA196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Solo
Traveller's Rest is probably one of the more underrated Nashville attractions, but is definitely worth visiting. The house is one of the oldest surviving structures of its kind in Tennessee and home to Judge John Overton, a man who played a prominent role in shaping Tennessee history as well as the career of Andrew Jackson. While Traveller's Rest is not one of the more lavishly decorated plantation homes in Middle Tennessee, it still has several objects of interest and stories to tell. A portion of the Civil War Battle of Nashville was fought in the vicinity. The site is also a Mississippian (prehistoric Native American) burial ground and some archeological artifacts are on display in the house. History lovers should put this on their "must see" list.
Written 5 June 2013
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mauimahalo
Federal Way2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I arrived about 9:00 am on Sunday Nov. 23rd 2008. I was told they were closed still. I asked if I could look around as I had to catch a plane in six hours. Told NO again. So I asked if there were any other plantations nearby and were open? Told NO, again. I decided to drive to Belle Meade Plantation not that far away to see for myself. Founf Belle Maede already OPEN and lots of Friendly People with Southern Hospitality and OPEN early so I stayed and spent my money at Belle Meade and enjoyed my last day in Nashville
Written 24 December 2008
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LandoCotton
Monroe, LA47 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2016 • Solo
I have been touring historic homes and Civil War sites for more than 40 years. This was the WORST attraction I've ever visited.

To be sure, the site and home are rich in historic and architectural interest. However, the guide was sure to ruin all of that.

I knew I was in for an unpleasant tour when a gentleman in our group stopped to take a picture of the outside of the home, and the guide tried to stop him and have him wait until the end of the tour. When my fellow tourist proceeded with taking the picture our guide muttered under his breath and rolled his eyes for the rest of us to see.

The guide kept reminding us that he has a degree in history, but rambled so much between time periods that he was impossible to follow. When members of the tour asked questions he could not answer, he'd change the subject or dismiss the question as off topic.

Our guide was costumed in period dress. When one of the visitors took his picture, he went off on her, saying that she better not post it on Facebook or he'd take it down. It was very awkward and unnecessary. My experience has always been that costumed guides welcome photos.

From the time we entered the house, he continued to tell us we were behind schedule and that we'd have to hurry through each room. At one stop, he pointed out an artifact on a desk. When an elderly woman with a cane leaned over to look at it, he overreacted, telling her to move away or she might fall and break the desk, costing him his job. Talk about caring for the guests.

When we arrived at the last room on the tour, he completely refused to answer questions about the artifacts in the room and said that we were there to talk about the Civil War. Then he proceeded to lecture us with his version of the facts - the South was completely wrong, there's nothing to southern heritage and honor but fatty foods and church attendance and the South got everything it deserved. How does a 32-year-old tour guide know what people deserve.

Wow! I visit historic sites for facts and enjoyment ... not for the opinions and prejudices of tour guides. Since the home was owned by Confederate sympathizers, I'm sure they would disprove of this. To be sure, the Civil War will fan tempers. That's why you stick to the facts and not put down anyone or make personal judgments or slights.

I had already written off this tour before his anti-Southern tirade. That was, however, the worst thing I've ever experienced in 40 years of touring. I complained and did get my money back, though it took some waiting.

I say avoid this one. There are plenty of others - better homes and better tours - in Nashville.
Written 7 June 2016
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Krishna M
Nashville, Tennessee, United States53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We learned so much about how close homes were to the front lines of the civil war, how folks traveled the country and just stopped in to rest for the evening. These travelers could be ordinary folk or governors and Presidents.
Written 23 March 2013
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Mudbug71
New Orleans, LA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
Our garden club visits a historical home every year. This year we chose Traverers Rest. It's amazing what you can find in your own backyard! 13 ladies enjoyed the tour and more than 1/2 had never been to Travellers Rest. Kelly was excellant - knowledgeable and interesting. I'm sure it won't be our last visit.
Written 3 October 2017
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Bartemus
Bristol, TN104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Business
Any Civil War History buff should enjoy their visit. Artifacts and period clothing coupled with knowledgable guides who are especially well versed on the battles and and expeditions around Nashville.
Written 9 May 2013
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