Comb (Tent) Graves and Riverwood Mansion
Interesting set up...
do you know what this is called?
It is called a Comb Grave or AKA
The Tent Grave.
You can find these scattered all over
Tennessee in the
They started appearing in the late
The story behind the idea is that the tent
gravestones were popular due to problems with
the settling of old graves. The traditional wooden coffins
would fall apart and once they did, the ground above would
start to sink. Keeping a tent-like gravestone above
the burial plot protected the sunken ground and
kept animals away from the area.
Just sharing these interesting facts
with you since I just stumbled across
This is the Riverwood Mansion.
Riverwood Mansion is a historic home located in East
Nashville, Tennessee, a beautifully maintained architectural
piece of the city's history. The home was built in the 1790s and
remains one of the oldest in the city. Making this home
231 years of age this year. Amazing to think
that these homes were built as well as they
were by hand. No electrical tools that are
used today. This is the type of
history I love.
WOW....that was a new one on me. I worked at The
Hermitage, Home of Pres. Andrew Jackson
as a teen. Because of the interest working
there peeked in me I started touring other
histrorial homes in my area. This one however,
I was not aware of.
The home is now used as a wedding venue.
With 9200 sq feet. In looking at the home it
is built in the same style as Hermitage. It is said
to have had many affairs with guest lists that include
seven presidents, numerous foreign dignitaries
and many distinguished visitors.The original property
is said to have consisted of 2,500-acres.
Like all of the older, oldest, historical homes in
TN, they are said to be haunted.
The home is said to be haunted by one of
the earliest owners wife.
Alexander Porter's wife.
It is also said that the mansion has
a deep dark past.
Interesting...would love to be able
to get a tour in there...