Have you ever been to a place and instantly felt the presence of its history? From the layers of foot traffic on the weathered wood floors to the musty air you breathe, the feeling of being surrounded by years of untold stories is almost overwhelming. If only these walls could talk! Middle Tennessee may have a younger history than most historic sites that immediately come to mind, but the area that metro-Nashvillians call home has a much longer past than meets the eye. Instead of heading to a museum or monument to celebrate Tennessee’s past, try getting your next history lesson (and a meal too) at Homestead Manor.
Located a short drive south of Nashville, this manor has been standing much longer than its Thompson Station surroundings. Built in 1819, this 4,000 square foot plantation is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s not just a very large home in the “middle of nowhere”, it had a front row seat to the Civil War’s Battle of Thompson Station. It housed a number of soldiers, acting as a make shift hospital during one of the most tumultuous times in our country’s history. Despite all it’s seen, this meticulously constructed home has endured generations of wear and tear, standing proudly on Columbia Pike for all to admire.
So its a big old house with history that’s about 30 minutes outside of the city, why would anyone want to make the trek to see it? Homestead Manor not only holds tales of war within it’s walls, by day it acts as a thoroughly modern restaurant and event space. Each room in the manor is reminiscent to the home it once was, with books on the shelves of the library and chandeliers adorning the dining rooms. Patrons can enjoy southern style meals from brunch to dinner in virtually any of the rooms on the first two floors and even take a tour through the home (compliments of the friendly staff).
Quite literally a “farm to table” menu, they use ingredients from the property’s private gardens to create delicious dishes decorated with turnips, collard greens, and brussels sprouts. Being a southern establishment, Homestead balances their organic greens with dishes like Pork Belly Pimento Cheese Biscuits and Bison Ribs. If you’re salivating we don’t blame you. Beyond the southern far, their bar is fully stocked inside the manor and outside at their beautifully adorned detached glass bar.
Homestead Manor may be a bit of a trip for those Nashvillians living downtown, but if you haven’t figured it out already, it’s definitely worth the trip. From the well-preserved historic décor, to the friend staff and amazing food, Homestead Manor is a well-rounded dining experience that is not to be overlooked!
Check out their website on the Eat Like a Native page!