Sumner County's Oldest Building Reopens With Celebration

Sumner County's Oldest Building Reopens With Celebration

CREATED Jul 21, 2014
GALLATIN, Tenn - At an event 224-years in the making, one of Sumner County's oldest buildings came to life, Monday night, like it never has before and in a way exactly like it once did.

People in Gallatin turned back the clocks to 1787 as the Douglass-Clark House reopened.

The home has had many uses including as the home of the Sumner County Commission and quarterly court sessions.

Monday night it played host to the Sumner County Commission once again.

"It'll be the first time in 224 years that we've had a county commission meeting here since 1790 was the last one," said County Executive Anthony Holt.

The home was donated to the county back in 2007 spent quite some time under renovation and restoration.

"We had to peel back every layer and get down to the original fabric of the house," said County Grants Administrator Kim Ark.

Work will soon begin to set up a Civil War Interpretive Center filled with artifacts from around the area.

It will open in 2015.

The house also marks the trail-head for the Station Camp Greenway.

Long range plans include extending the greenway to link it with historical points of interest in the area.