The Springhouse

The Springhouse (HMZDY)

Location: Nashville, TN 37076 Davidson County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 13.022', W 86° 36.753'

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Water for The Hermitage

Of all the enticements Tennessee offered settlers, one promised both survival and a future: Water. Falling from above, bubbling up from below, flowing in broad river "highways": Water.

Two natural free-flowing springs made The Hermitage a fine site for a farm, even without a coveted riverside location. This "Gravelly Spring" provided abundant water for the Jacksons' simple log farmhouse and, later, the brick mansion. Jackson had the limestone springhouse built to shelter this precious fresh water supply in 1821, at the same time the first version of the mansion was finished.

An earlier log building described as a "dairy" may have been located here as well. Until a well was dug near the mansion's back porch, enslaved workers had the chore of carrying gallons of water to the mansion every day.

What we take for granted with the turn of a faucet, in Jackson's time was prized, labor for, and—always—appreciated.
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 11:08am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 534824 N 4008090
Decimal Degrees36.21703333, -86.61255000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 13.022', W 86° 36.753'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 13' 1.32" N, 86° 36' 45.18" W
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Area Code(s)615
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4580 Rachels Ln, Nashville TN 37076, US
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