Tour a Beautiful Historic 1803 Federal Home in Franklin, Tennessee

Every now and then I come across a beautiful historic home that’s so special, I know I have to share it. If you live close to Franklin, Tennessee, you may already be familiar with this historic, 1803 Federal home that is situated beautifully on 18 acres+. It was given the name, Meeting of the Waters because it is located where two rivers (Big Harpeth River and West Harpeth River) join together.

Love the big driveway leading up to this beautiful home!

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When I saw the front, it reminded me so much of the homes I toured many years ago along the James River on a trip to Williamsburg. I would love to go back to Williamsburg and make a trip over to see all those homes again.

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This entry and the kitchen were the two rooms that made me gasp and convinced me I had to share this wonderful home with you. I love the wallpaper in this room. I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if it was by Zuber, a paper I often saw in the beautiful old houses featured in Colonial Homes Magazine when it was still in publication.

Have you ever seen such beautiful flooring! I’ve never seen hardwood flooring in such a unique and beautiful design.

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The living room has been decorated in a formal design. You could put this whole room into The White House and it would fit right in, wouldn’t it?


If you tour historic homes from time to time, you know the kitchens were often detached and not a part of the original home. The risk of a fire in the kitchen was a big problem back then, so for safety reasons the kitchen was often outside the main part of the home. It could be found in a separate building on the property not too far away from the house, but far enough away to not endanger the home if a fire broke out.

I’ve come across a few old homes with very small kitchens, perhaps added on at a later date. If original, I’m guessing they were used for last minute preparations of the food after it was cooked in the outside kitchen. I’m not sure if this house originally had a kitchen inside or outside, but based on its age, I would guess the kitchen was probably outside. This beautiful kitchen was an addition to this home.


So many things to love about it! I especially love the brick surrounding the large stove, the wonderful poplar flooring and that fabulous big island! How nice that it’s an eat-in kitchen. There’s just something special about having a table in the kitchen, love that!


The dining room has a built-in china cabinet. Love how older homes always have a fireplace in every room. I would go nuts decorating all the mantels in each room at Christmastime!


There’s a big screened-in porch that overlooks the gardens and all this peacefulness outside. Can you just imagine! I think I was born to live out in the country, ideally with a big city for shopping just 20-30 minutes away. That would be so wonderful!


What a beautiful staircase, love this view of the entrance below!


Such a spacious master bedroom and what a beautiful rug! There’s the entrance to the master bath across the room, let’s take a look.


The master bath has been fully updated. It has French doors that open to the upstairs porch/balcony outside.


I would live up here! I love a second story open porch so much! Even the flooring is wonderful–love the rich, deep color. Looks like the porch ceilings are painted haint blue…love that!


The gardens are truly beautiful!


The view looking back at the screened porch…


I would love to see this garden in spring. I wonder if there’s a spot for a kitchen garden?


There’s a lovely gazebo for outdoor dining, along with an outdoor fireplace nearby for warming up on chilly evenings.


I would love to know the story behind this little log cabin located on the property. I wonder if they rescued it from demolition and moved it here. Let’s go inside.


Wouldn’t this be a cute guest cottage!


If you would like to see additional photos and read more about this home listed on the National Register of Historic Places, you’ll find additional photos and information where these photos were found here: Meeting of the Waters Historic Home in Franklin Tennessee.

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  1. That entry wood floor immediately made me think “giraffe”! Gorgeous L-shaped porch–what a great party space. Cute rustic little cabin; I wondered how they did a kitchen and then noticed the microwave in the corner…funny. Beautiful tour. Thanks.

  2. I loved Colonial Homes magazine! What a shame to have lost such a good publication. Franklin TN is a charming town.

  3. Susan, I think it would be great fun to have a BNOTP gathering in Williamsburg. How fun would it be, not only to share that beautiful town, but also to meet one another. In addition to Colonial Williamsburg, we could visit some of the beautiful homes along the James River. Shirley Plantation is particularly lovely. It is too late to organize something for this year but 2019 would afford time for good planning. While Christmas is lovely in Williamsburg, both Spring and Fall are also beautiful. If such a gathering appeals, I’d be happy to help you. I don’t live in Williamsburg, but I have spent many happy hours there.

    • You could also come to the Northern Neck, not far away,and visit many historical homes. I can give you a tour of Menokin, Francis Lightfoot Lee’s home, but built by his father in law, John Tayloe. There is Stratford Hall the Lee Family home and several smaller homes. Some are still privately owned.

    • How fun does this sound, Amy from eunamaes just took her followers to Charleston for a trip, she’s a dandy to follow on Instagram.

    • Marie, if you would like to plan something, just let me know when and where to show up. I don’t have the time to organize anything like that, but it sounds like fun. I would love to book a room in the Williamsburg Inn. I’m up for staying there 4-5 days at least…or even a whole week. We could tour the plantation homes along the James River in addition to seeing Williamsburg. I just don’t want to try and plan something like that because folks are famous for saying they want to go, then backing out when it comes time to commit and pay for lodging and plane tickets, etc.. But I’m totally game, even if it ends up just the two of us. Count me in! 🙂
      Fall would be an ideal time…when the leaves are starting to change but still on the trees. I’d rather go before the leaves all fell off so we could see the beauty of autumn in Williamsburg. Love this idea!

    • Marie, email me at [email protected] if you would like to talk about this more.

  4. Donna Zoltanski says

    You had me at that screened in porch! I could see you living there, with a talbots a half hour away!

  5. Susan,
    that house looks small on the outside but big on the inside?!
    (Does what I’m saying make sense to you? lol)
    The dining room is huge but I love the kitchen! Especially those windows that look like they’re insulated with bubble wrap! (Are they?!) 🙂

  6. Merlin Parde says

    IT IS WONDERFUL!! My fav thing ever…”house tours!!” When you go to Williamsburg again…LET ME KNOW…we’re less than 2 hours away!! Thanks for the get-away!! franki

  7. Love the wallpaper in the foyer and the striped stair runner – but not the spotted floor. A rich hardwood plank would have been so much better. The kitchen is amazing, as is the screened in porch. I could live in those two areas alone. Not too fond of the floors in either the dining room or the bedroom, but that’s just one person’s opinion. I’m sure those were chosen with at least some historical research. Beautiful grounds and gardens as well.

  8. Cyndi Raines says

    Love that upstairs porch! And the glassed in porch with the tall heater to warm-up chilly nights. Cute little cabin. The front of the house reminds me of yours!

  9. Franklin is a beautiful town with several historic homes. They also have some wonderful antique shops downtown. They used to have a candle light tour of homes at Christmas and the old homes were beautiful decorated for the holidays. I’m not sure if they have it now but I attended multiple times and really enjoyed it. Williamsburg is beautiful in the fall but I would love to go at Christmastime. I really love old homes and antiques. I loved Colonial Homes and magazines and have saved some of my old copies. Love your blog!

  10. Thank you for the lovely tour. Oh, those porches! And I would love to fix Thanksgiving dinner in that big kitchen—all that counter space!

  11. Ramona Waters says

    Susan, When you mentioned the homes along the James River, you may be thinking about Westover, Shirley, Sherwood Forest and Berkley Plantations along Route 5, just outside of Williamsburg. If so, you may want to look into the annual Westover Pilgrimage tour. Those homes are open then, along with 3 or 4 others. They just had the tour last weekend and we went. Sherwood Forest begins the day with a “release of the hounds”, as in fox hunting. It was wonderful. The owners are at the homes, too, and share in the tours.

  12. I love historical old homes. This one is so gracious. I miss Colonial Homes too.
    The entry way, parlor, bed room and stair landing remind me of the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson’s home outside of Nashville. The exterior is not the same but the interior is reminiscent. I wonder if that was a common style in the late 1700′ to early 1800’s minus the large expansive portico that was added later while Jackson was in the White House.

  13. Susan! I can’t believe you featured a house from Franklin! This is the very place I’ve been thinking where you need to buy that dream cottage of yours. You’d love it! I know you well enough to know you’d slip right into life here like a soft hand into a satin glove. You could maintain your southern roots and keep that hot weather you love so much, but be just that much closer to you-know-who. Come on, now.

  14. Snowflake281 says

    This was so fun taking this little house tour of such a beautiful home. I have seen other homes (just from the outside) located in Franklin, TN on various television shows and all of the ones that were featured were just as huge. Honestly, I think my entire home would almost fit into the screened-in porch alone! I love doing house tours in hopes of getting some decorating ideas as I don’t have a creative bone in my body! Thanks for the tour.

  15. This was a treat. Thank you Susan.

  16. Absolutely FABULOUS!!!Love love love!!

  17. No, it is not about fire. Separate kitchen buildings are called “summer kitchens” – they were used especially in the South to prevent unnecessary heat from penetrating the house. My 1850 home has a summer kitchen, also a smoke house (cured meats), as well as milk house.

  18. Suzanne Davis says

    I live in Franklin, Tn. and love it! I moved here five years ago from So. California. There are so many beautiful houses and lots and lots of fun antique stores. Always fun things going on.

  19. The driveway and enclosed porch are my favorites. I like the outdoor area as well.

  20. Nancy Akeroyd says

    Hi Susan. I too love Franklin. We hope to go back there this year around Christmas and take our now one year old Prince Hairy with us and stroll him down the sidewalks and window shop downtown which is lovely especially at Christmas and during Dickens. I had not heard of this particular plantation there. I have seen the outside of one just outside of town where so many soldiers are buried. Shiloh was fought nearby and my great grandfather Samuel Riddle Jones was an officer for the North yet had recently moved to Mississippi and fought at Shiloh and my great Uncle William killed there. I know …ducks out water but he must have been a bit unique as he was a Doctor, publisher and owner of a newspaper, Lawyer and minister….I guess they just did it all back then. Later he helped start one of the first Black colleges in the South. Then the kids all moved to a Texas. Anyway, I looked up some of your other featured historic homes and saw Greenwood in St. Francisville. I always wondered what it looked like because the mother of my first husbands best friend lived there growing up. Her name was May Fisher PercyDeLaureal. Her husband had graduated from the Naval Academy with my first husbands father and they were both career Navy. Mays son died falling off the back of a car at Mardi Gras while attending TulaneMedical school which I think changed my first husband forever and haunted him. I met May on my honeymoon and she told me about Greenwood and that she hoped to rebuild one day. She gave me my first subscription to Southern Living. She was truly a Southern Lady and I felt a little beneath her but she was very sweet to me. I guess the family sold what was left of Greenwood and another family rebuilt it. I only met her the one time but I really liked her. She was a common visitor to several other plantations in the area and I believe actually did live in one up until she passed from what I read. I actually have a clock that I got from my Aunt that was from the 1800s and they used to paint pictures of homes on the inside of the glass and the house on mine looks like Greenwood but whether or not it is I can’t say. I learned so many cool neat things when I researched my ancestors. My current husband of 30 years and I moved here to Tenn 9 years ago and when I did my research, I found out that some of my grandmothers and grandfathers family lived nearby in the Blount Co. area. Imagine that…..I actually came back to my ancestors homeland when we got it in our heads to move close to the Smokies out of the blue. Is it in the genes to love the mountains? I truly don’t know. My earlier ancestors came from the United Kingdom and many many settlers from there especially from Ireland moved to the area where we live because it reminded them of Ireland. They even have stories about the Plateau where we live and the Wee people that came out at night. Imagine that…..

  21. Nancy Akeroyd says

    I wrote a long comment but it disappeared when I posted it…….maybe I will try again later……I was sharing some history

  22. Such a lovely and interesting home! Very impressive. Thank you so much for giving us a chance to see it!

  23. Carol A Norton says

    The house is for sale, so you can just come on up to Tennessee, Susan. At the time of it’s listing in the National Register, all the interior s, including the floors, were original. I expect they’re still there under the “giraffe” floor of the foyer, and the others what are brightly colored. And you’re right Susan–that cute log cabin is not original–there were no outbuildings at the time of the listing, not even the Summer Kitchen. It was owned at one time by Ridley Wills–a notable historian and author from a well known old family here in Middle Tennessee. He was a member of “The Fugitives”, the literary geniuses of many decades ago at Vanderbilt University. A relative of the original builder also built another notable early home in Nashville–Two Rivers; owned and managed by the city and open for touring. I really prefer it because of it’s massive Italianate porches.

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