Trousdale Place

183 West Main Street, Gallatin, TN 37066 - United States




Trousdale Place is a handsome Federal-style two-story brick house nestled in the heart of busy downtown Gallatin, Tennessee. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the Tennessee Civil War Trail.

It was the home of Governor William Trousdale and is located two blocks west of the square in downtown Gallatin, Tennessee. This historic home was built circa 1813 by John H. Bowen, a local attorney and member of Congress. Bowen died in 1822, and the house was acquired by William P. Rowles, the Superintendent of the Gallatin Female Academy and a Methodist clergyman. In 1836, William Trousdale purchased the house and the family lived there until 1900.


Several pieces of furniture belonging to the Trousdale family are on display in the home. Land grant #1 from North Carolina was awarded to Captain James Trousdale for his service during the Revolution. James was the father of William Trousdale.

The land grant is significant because James Trousdale sold 40 ½ acres from this grant to form the city of Gallatin. The original grant was recently professionally restored and placed in a controlled environment for posterity, however, an exact copy is framed and hanging in the entrance hall. The original inaugural dress and suit belonging to Governor and Mrs. Trousdale are also on display. A copy of the portrait hanging in the state capital of Governor Trousdale is in the parlor. Trousdale Place honors veterans of all wars. A small library of military history is also maintained at Trousdale Place.

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