Rock Castle State Historic Site

About Rock Castle State Historic Site

Historic Rock Castle, built between 1784-1796, was the home of early Tennesseans General Daniel Smith and his wife Sarah Michie Smith. Smith acted as surveyor and helped create the line between Kentucky and Tennessee, he produced the state’s first map, and he is credited with naming the state of Tennessee. Smith's family was also connected to President Andrew Jackson, as Smith’s grandsons were raised at The Hermitage, Jackson’s home in Nashville. One of Smith's grandsons, Andrew Jackson Donelson, served as Jackson's personal secretary, and another grandson, Daniel Smith Donelson, lived at nearby Hazel Path Mansion and served a brigadier general for the Confederacy in the Civil War. Historic Rock Castle sits on beautiful lakefront acreage in Hendersonville.


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Open seasonally for guided house tours from March – December. Call in advance to make appointments in the off-season or to book a group tour.

  • Mondays
    • Closed
  • Tuesdays – Fridays
    • 10am – 5pm
      • Tour times: 10am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3pm
  • Saturdays
    • 10am – 5pm
      • Tour times: 10am, 11:30am, 1:30pm
  • Sundays:
    • 1pm – 5pm
      • Tour times: 1:30pm, 3pm

Admission: $8 – adults, $7 – seniors, $6 – children (ages 6-12), $20 – Family Rate for 2 adults & 2 children. Group rates are available.

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Special Events at Rock Castle State Historic Site:
May through August – Summer Songwriter Nights
September – Folk n’ Bluegrass Festival
December – Holiday Open House