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Hawthorn Hill

This original settlement c. 1805 farmhouse uniquely represents early middle class Federal-style architecture. The present day 10.45 acres was once part of a 208-acre land grant given to Charles Carter in the 1790s by the state of North Carolina. The house was later occupied by War of 1812 veteran Col. Humphrey Bate beginning in 1817. A Bate descendant, Dr. Humphrey Bate, was the first performer of the “old-time” music on Nashville-area radio and on the Grand Ole Opry radio show. Dr. Bate’s string band was called “The Possum Hunters” and his daughter, Alcyone, also performed in the band and was the first female artist to perform on the Grand Old Opry radio broadcast.

Tour Availability: To tour the interior of this property, please contact Wynnewood State Historic Site by calling (615) 452-5463. The grounds are free to visit and are open year-round.

Admission: Contact Wynnewood State Historic Site for price of interior tours.

Special Events at Hawthorn Hill:
Historic Sites Kickoff – 1st Saturday in April
Christmas Open House – 1st Sunday in December

Address: 195 Old Highway 25 E, Castalian Springs, TN 37031
Phone: (615) 452-5463