City of Brentwood officials host parade, community events to celebrate 50 years

Police and fire department officials stand outside the former Brentwood fire and police building in the 1960u2019s.

Police and fire department officials stand outside the former Brentwood fire and police building in the 1960u2019s.

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City of Brentwood officials host parade, community events to celebrate 50 years
From its early origins as Native American land to the modern city that stands today, the city of Brentwood is celebrating its golden anniversary this year, marking 50 years as an incorporated city.

While reports of how the city got its name vary, in his 1985 book, “Historic Brentwood,” historian Vance Little wrote the first official use of the name Brentwood was in the 1850s when a post office was moved from Good Spring to Brentwood. The area’s town center formed around the same time as the railroad came through the area, he wrote.

During the Civil War, homes in the area were used as hospitals for wounded soldiers, and the area remained a small town until the mid-1900s when I-65 was built through the area, bringing thousands to the area to work and live, according to city documents.

In 1969, residents of the town of Brentwood voted to incorporate the city, followed by an election to form a city government. At the time, the area had just over 3,000 residents. Today, the Brentwood area is home to more than 40,000, making it the 16th-largest city in the state, according to city information.

To celebrate, the city of Brentwood will host three events this year, beginning April 13 with a 1.8-mile parade. Along with marching bands from Brentwood and Ravenwood high schools, the parade, titled A Golden Gallop, will be attended by past and present city leaders and community members.

In June, the celebrations continue with Brentfest at Crockett Park, a festival with live music, a kids zone, food trucks and a beer garden. Festivities will wrap up Oct. 10 with a party, Rendezvous at Ravenswood, at the historic Ravenswood Mansion.

“Previous city commissioners had a vision for our town, and it’s been an honor to help see that through,” Mayor Jill Burgin said in a statement. “These 50th birthday events will be a great way to give our residential and commercial neighbors a chance to celebrate what Brentwood has been and is becoming.”
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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