Peters Homestead House
\One of the focal points of the Museum, the Old Peters Homestead, or “Homestead House” as it is sometimes referred to, rests on a rise and commands a view of the garden and grazing meadows. It is, in every respect, the center of the Homestead, and includes a half-dozen other structures surrounding it.
The home was moved from its original location in nearby Luttrell, Tennessee. The first known occupant was Nathaniel Peters, who lived here about 1840. His oldest daughter, Cordelia, was born here, raised her nine children, and lived out her life in this house, to the age of 87.
The residence has several unusual features. The construction is called a “saddlebag” house, ostensibly because each of the two halves of the house seem to “hang” on the giant chimney, something like a pair of saddlebags draped over a horse’s back. The structure is, in effect, two houses connected by a single large chimney, but without free passage from one to the other, except via outside. The Museum is grateful to be chosen as the recipient of a grant from the NSDAR, (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution), which will allow for a much needed roof restoration on the Homestead. Click here for more information on the project.