The city of Brentwood and the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County announced Feb. 1 that the house, dating back to 1806, will be bought and preserved. The city had previously announced in December the house would be demolished as it had sat mostly vacant since 2011 and has seen significant deterioration, according to the city.
However, because the city has a 90-day wait period before structures older than 75 years or those with historic designations can be demolished, it gave local preservationists time to intervene.
Working with the foundation, a buyer, who has not been publicly announced, is under contract as of Feb. 1 to buy the home, the surrounding 5 acres and barn, with a commitment to preserve the home and save it from future development.
According to the city, 29 acres next to the home have been rezoned for a future residential development.
“We’ve been monitoring the situation and talking with the developer for weeks. Over this past weekend, the developer and the Heritage Foundation board of directors agreed to a 60-day option for the foundation to purchase the property or find a buyer who would preserve it. Today the developer moved forward in an agreement with buyers who intend to restore and save the home, barn and land,” foundation CEO Bari Beasley said in a release. “Core to our countywide mission, this is a perfect example of how developers and the Heritage Foundation work together for the betterment of the community.”
The antebellum-style home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Portions of the original log cabin structure can still be seen in what is now a two-story building with columns.
The property also includes historic slave quarters built in 1845 that will also be preserved.