Photo of the farmhouse at the Grassmere historic farm in Nashville Tennessee. It has four tall windows on the top floor and four on the bottom floor with blue pillars on the top and bottom and a door at both places. The railing and roof are blue. There are dark blue or black shutters on all of the windows and a chimney on the right side and the left side of it. There are many tall trees around it that have lost their foliage showing that it is in the fall or autumn months. The photo is from an article by the

The Beautiful Grassmere Historic Farm


Grassmere – The Croft House


Grassmere was built by Col. Michael C. Dunn, it was finished around 1810 on 300 beautiful acres of land. Trees were cut and land was cleared for the building of this beautiful home and for the growing of crops.  Pigs were brought to the property and enjoyed the wild acorns and other treats that the land provided to them. Cows were added to graze the vast acreage and sweet native Tennessee grasses.



Grassmere is the second oldest home open to the public in Davidson County Tennessee.  Originally built in the Federal style, but was later renovated into the Italianate with the large porches by William Dickson Shute and his wife Lavinia after the Civil War. 
Together they had four daughters here at Grassmere who lived to adulthood.  The family grew sweet potatoes, corn and wheat and raised pigs and cattle here. Dunn and his wife were the first of five generations to farm here and call it home. 
Their daughter Kate met and married her husband William Croft here in 1888 on the property. Mr Croft worked in sugar business in the manufacture of concrete for sugar chimneys. The couple had two daughters Margaret and Elise. They lived here until  1902 when William moved his family to Cuba for work in the sugar business. The daughters hearts seem to be held in Tennessee though, for every summer Margaret and Elise returned to Grassmere to stay with their grandparents and aunts.


In 1931, the girls moved back to Grassmere leaving Cuba permanently to live with their grandfather on the farm where they stayed until their deaths in 1974 and 1985. 


The women used the money from the Cuban business to fund the care and upkeep of the croft but when the Castro Revolution ended the stream of income the sisters fell into hard times. They spoke with the Children’s Museum of Nashville and arranged for them to stay until their deaths but that the property would go to the museum at that time.
Photo of the Croft Home at Grassmere at the Nashville Zoo. It is a beautiful two story brick home that at one time was painted white but the red brick is showing through. The front pillars of the two story porch is a pretty sky blue color and the roof is a metal blue color. There are four windows with a door in the center on the top floor and four windows and a door on the bottom floor with a lovely porch. The right and left of the home ha a large chimney. This is to an article by the about the home at Grassmere located at the Nashville Tennessee zoo.
90 acres was sold off of the large farm to developers to help pay for the upkeep of the property in 1984. In 1996 the property was managed by the Nashville Zoo and by 1998  it was opened to the public for viewing. 

Isn’t this the perfect spot to sit and relax?


Photo is of a pretty fall scene in the country at Grassmere. There are pretty split rail fences and large trees displaying their fall colors. The ground is covered by beautiful fallen leave in the colors of yellow, orange, red and brown. By
We always have a great time at this beautiful house and the Nashville zoo. We go every year! Even if we have seen it many times it’s always fun to stroll through the leaves and enjoy the beautiful lines of the house.


I love the barn on the property! It would be perfect for a harvest party or a barn dance!



Check out our trip to the zoo this year! Or one of our previous trips!

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