History

In 1784 a Virginian surveyor named Daniel Smith moved with his family to the Cumberland Settlement in present-day Middle Tennessee and began construction on a limestone, Federal-Style building that would house generations of the Smith family for almost 200 years.

Located next to a Cumberland River tributary called Drake’s Creek, the house was built on part of the 3,140 acres that Daniel Smith received in land grants for his service in the Revolutionary War and his surveying work. Over the course of a decade, the Smiths constructed their home in three phases resulting in the story-filled, multi-cultural historic house that stands today.  

Over 200 years later, Rock Castle stands as a testament not only to the Smith family but also to life on the Tennessee Frontier; to the Native Americans who lost their homelands to invading settlers; to the slaves that lived and labored here; to the sharecroppers who continued to work the farm after slavery ended; to the Tennessee Valley Authority and the creation of Old Hickory Lake; to urban sprawl and the gradual loss of farmland to developments; and to the heritage and growth of the local community.

Come to Historic Rock Castle and explore the stories and people that make this place a Tennessee legacy.

At our Visitors Center, you can find more information about Historic Rock Castle, Sumner County, or browse our Gift Shop. The Visitors Center is available to rent for your next Board Meeting, small get together or as part of a Wedding Package.