Renovation of Ravenswood Mansion at Smith Park Now Complete
The City of Brentwood announces the completion of restoration at the historic Ravenswood Mansion, and is now accepting reservations for event dates beginning in August of 2014. The beautiful antebellum home, located on Wilson Pike south of Split Log Road, was built in 1825 and was recently renovated by the City as part of its first phase of development for Marcella Vivrette Smith Park. Though construction of the entrance road and utilities to the park will continue through the spring, the restoration contractor has finished work on the house and the City is ready to book weddings, receptions, and other events for fall 2014.
“This is a major milestone for our Smith Park project” noted Brentwood Mayor Betsy Crossley. “I think residents will be proud to see what has been accomplished with this important piece of Brentwood's history. PBG Builders and Leatherwood have done a marvelous job bringing this historic gem back to life.”
The 320 acre Smith Park property, including the historic house, was acquired by the City three years ago. The City Commission authorized acquisition of another 80 acres in October as part of an option dating back to the original purchase in 2010. The intent of acquiring the 400 acres was to increase the amount of active and passive park space available to residents, as well as preserving scenic open space.
Ravenswood Mansion was built by James Hazard Wilson II and named for his best friend, Sam Houston, whom the Native Americans affectionately called “The Raven.” The Wilson family, and the elegant home they built so long ago, are a significant part of Brentwood’s rich history. When the house happened to be situated on property that the City of Brentwood was interested in acquiring for park land, residents and city officials developed a plan to save the home. They decided in 2010 that the best way to preserve the historic asset was through restoration and use as a venue for weddings and other events.
Most of the 400 acres will remain in a natural state, largely forested with abundant wildlife, nature trails, and the spring headwaters of the Little Harpeth River. Parts of the property will be used for active recreation such as ball fields, picnic areas, and possibly mountain biking trails, improvements which will be developed over the next several years.
The mansion is scheduled to open August 1, 2014. Appointments to see the home and reservations for events can be made by contacting Ms. Amanda Bledsoe at 615-371-0060 or BledsoeA@Brentwood-TN.org. Photos and additional information are available at http://www.brentwood-tn.org/ravenswood and on Facebook. High-resolution images available upon request.