Visit Rock Castle

Located just 25 minutes from downtown Nashville is Historic Rock Castle; an 18-acre, picturesque historic site overlooking scenic Old Hickory Lake. Historic Rock Castle is considered one of the first permanent homes, as well as the oldest building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Middle Tennessee.

Things To Do & See At Rock Castle

Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the interior of Sumner County’s most famous landmark and only State Historic Site! Guides will take you on an in-depth, historical perspective tour of the life and times of General Daniel Smith and Sarah Michie Smith and his significant contributions in laying the foundation of Tennessee as we know it today. Be inspired by their journey of 1784 to begin construction on a limestone, Federal-Style building that would house generations of the Smith family for almost 200 years!

Email Us Today to Schedule Your Tour or Call 615-824-0502

Visitor Center

Stop by the Visitor Center and meet our friendly staff! Purchase tour tickets, shop our gift shop, and learn all about upcoming events like Songwriters’ Night Concert Series, Sumner Harvest Days, and our popular Wonderland Easter Egg Hunt just to name a few! You can also find out when the next Workshop, Club, or Lecture will be held.

While at the Visitor Center pick up a copy of the acclaimed Historic: Your Sumner coffee table book photographed by Pulitzer Prize Winner, Robin Hood and take the experience and charm of Historic Rock Castle home with you!

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Lake

Old Hickory Lake was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers beginning January, 1952. The dam was closed and the filling of the lake began June 11, 1954 creating the beautiful scenic landscape directly behind Historic Rock Castle where guests can host events like wedding ceremonies or company picnics, and where our camp goers enjoy canoeing and so much more!

Gardens & Nature Trails

Stroll through the herb gardens, wander the nature trail of our woodlands, and enjoy the scenic beauty of Old Hickory Lake. With 18 acres of property, Rock Castle is a great place to plan a picnic or spend an afternoon exploring with the family, and it is always free to wander the grounds during operating hours.

Cemetery

Explore the Smith Family Cemetery and learn about the descendants of Daniel and Sarah Smith. There are over fifty family members buried within the small family cemetery on site. The two largest markers are for the founding members, Daniel and Sarah Michie Smith and their son Colonel George Smith. A stone fence with an iron gate surrounds the cemetery. The stones were quarried using the same stone as the mansion. Admission to the cemetery is free.

Hours, Prices, Map & Directions

Hours

Rock Castle is open February thru December.

February, March, April

Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 5pm

May thru October

  • Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 5pm
  • Sundays: April through October 1pm - 5pm

Special Note: Grounds close at 3:00 pm on Saturdays for private events.

Map & Directions

Tours

Enjoy a guided tour of Sumner County’s most famous landmark.

  • Tuesday through Saturday 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:30pm
  • Sunday 1:30pm & 3:00pm (April-October)

Special Note: Grounds close at 3:00 pm on Saturdays for private events.

Tours of the interior of Rock Castle are offered through a guide only. No animals or video recording devices are permitted in the historic home; however, we do encourage you to take pictures. Reservations are recommended. Please call us today to make your reservations! Email Us Today to Schedule Your Tour or Call 615-824-0502

Tour Admission

  • Adults: $7.00
  • Seniors: $6.00
  • Children (6-12): $5.00
  • AAA or AARP: $1.00 off per member
  • Family Rate: $20.00 (Two Adults & Two Children)
  • RC Members: Members are free + 4 guests

Group Tour Admission (10 people minimum)

  • Groups of 10 people or more by appointment only
  • Regular Group Admission: $6.00 per person
  • Students/Children Admission: $5.00 per person

Holidays & Days Closed

  • Good Friday (Friday before Easter)
  • Independence Day (July 4th)
  • Thanksgiving Week (November 21st - 26th)
  • Christmas Eve thru January 31st for the holidays, site maintenance and repairs.