(April 2017) – The Land Trust for Tennessee and Rippavalla Plantation, Inc. have announced the protection of Rippavilla Plantation, an historic 98.44-acre working farm and Civil War site in Maury County.
Rippavilla Plantation, a nonprofit organization, currently owns and manages the land and its 19th-century home. In April 2017, Rippavilla donated a conservation easement on the property to The Land Trust for Tennessee, which limits future development to preserve its historical, cultural and conservation values but leaves the property in Rippavilla’s ownership.
“Rippavilla’s Board of Directors are excited to sign the conservation easement that will preserve the land, open space and our heritage,” said Corrine Tomlinson, Chairman of Rippavilla’s Board of Directors. “This easement also brings us a step closer to finalizing the donation of the property to the City of Spring Hill so that future generations will continue to enjoy.”
In addition to preserving the historical significance of the property in an area of increasing subdivision and development, this conservation easement protects active agricultural farmland and preserves nearly 2,500 feet of riparian buffer along a tributary of the Duck River. The conservation easement also protects the expansive views of the property and historic home from Highway 31.
“Protecting Rippavilla provides peace of mind that future generations will have the opportunity to enjoy its open space and study its historical significance as we do today,” said Liz McLaurin, President and CEO of The Land Trust for Tennessee.
During the American Civil War, the property and adjacent land became a focal point in the Battle of Spring Hill, which was the precursor to the famous Battle of Franklin. Both Union and Confederate generals used the property as their headquarters during the Civil War.
The property was the home of Confederate soldier and French Huguenot descendant, Nathaniel F. Cheairs IV, and its two-story antebellum-style home is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Today, the site hosts multiple annual events and offers regular public tours.
Since 1999, The Land Trust for Tennessee has partnered to protect more than 119,000 acres of land across the state, including farmland, recreational areas, public parks and historical sites. The Land Trust has partnered with private and public agency’s to protect parks, including The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Bowie Nature Park in Fairview and Lakeshore Park in Knoxville, and multiple Civil War sites, including Roper’s Knob in Franklin, and Redoubt No. 1 and Shy’s Hill in Nashville.
To learn more about Rippavilla Plantation, visit www.rippavilla.org.