There are many historical sites and structures in Spring Hill. One such site is a Civil War battlefield where, on November 29, 1864, 30,000 soldiers fought for control of the town. During the night, Union troops slipped north to Franklin where the Southern soldiers caught them in the bloody Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864. The most famous building in Spring Hill is the Rippavilla Plantation. Both Union and Confederate troops used the plantation. The plantation?s mansion, built by Nathaniel Cheairs, is fully restored to the year 1860 with many original pieces. Other historical structures include White Hall, which was built in 1844 and was used as a hospital during the battles at Spring Hill and Franklin. Oaklawn, built in 1835, was the Civil War headquarters of Confederate General Hood. Gorham Wing House was built in 1825 and is thought to be the oldest house still standing in Spring Hill.
The Battle of Thompson's Station was fought in 1863. The train depot, so important to the community?s economy, was destroyed. It was rebuilt in 1866 and Thompson's Station continued to be a prosperous shipping center for Williamson County. Thompson's Station ? named for Dr. Elijah Thompson who gave the land for the village and secured the funds for the railroad ? was settled in 1799 by pioneers from Virginia and North Carolina who had received land grants for service during the Revolutionary War. Thompson's Station was incorporated in 1990.
Williamson County Parks and Recreation provide a wealth of activities for the residents of Spring Hill and Thompson's Station, including aerobics, Aquacize, children?s gymnastics, sports leagues for children and adults, camps, arts and crafts, swimming lessons and swim teams for all ages. Natchez Trace Parkway is eight miles west of downtown Franklin. The Trace was used by Indians, traders and pioneers making their way along all or part of the 444 miles that the Trace runs through Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. Picnic areas, roadside exhibits, interpretive signs and trails are all found along the Trace. The beauty of the Trace is unsurpassed and undisturbed. Natchez Trace Parkway is one of the country?s six ?All American Roads? and was named a favorite drive by Southern Living magazine readers.
Historic Downtown Franklin has much to offer. The area is a Great American Main Street and has a Victorian commercial district, historic buildings, excellent antique shops, unique clothing stores, restaurants, book stores and galleries. Nashville is a short drive north of Spring Hill and Thompson's Station. The Country Music Capital of the World is home to the Grand Ole Opry with the longest running continuous radio music program in the country. The Texas Troubadour Theatre is the home of the Earnest Tubb Midnight Jamboree radio show and broadcasts of gospel music. The Tennessee Performing Arts Center has three stages for live drama and comedy productions, musical concerts and dance presentations. Centennial Park hosts live concerts from May to September. The Ryman Auditorium has hosted famous performers from around the world including Sarah Bernhardt, Mae West, Katharine Hepburn and Orson Welles. Today, the Auditorium presents classical and bluegrass concerts, musical theatre and television tapings. The Country Music Hall of Fame showcases the essence of country music from the exterior of the building designed to look like a curving piano keyboard to the displays of costumes, instruments and recordings. The Hall of Fame rotunda honors the singers, songwriters, producers and other industry notables who have contributed to county music.
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