White House Inn Museum

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Museum 2       The White House Stage Coach Inn was built by Richard Stone Wilks in 1829. It was the only house painted white between Nashville and Louisville, KY and was located on the L & N Turnpike which was the primary route of travel north and south. The first stage coach route was established in 1838 and the Inn became one of the stops for food and lodging. It was the travelers and coach drivers that referred to the Inn as "The White House" so this is how the town derived the name of White House. The White House Stage Coach Inn welcomed many travelers including the famous President Andrew Jackson of Tennesseed en route to the White House in Washington, DC.


 

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Original White House Inn
Circa 1829


The White House Inn Museum is a museum of artifacts depicting the life of the pioneers of the 1700s and 1800s with exhibits ranging from historical documents, photographs, farm implements, rare Native American items, the Civil War and other military memorabilia.

The museum has a copy of the North Carolina Resolution dated 1786 creating a new county by the name of Sumner. And west of the new county of Sumner and Davidson County was the county of Tennessee. This 1786 Resolution divided Tennessee county into the counties of Robertson and Montgomery. And the new state was named Tennessee according to this North Carolina Resolution in 1796. We were part of the state of North Carolina prior to this resolution.

The White House Inn Museum has record of the "old road" which was a path made by the buffalo and Indians and predates statehood. The same road was used during the Civil War by the armies of the Union and Confederacy for moving troops and supplies. With the railroad being blocked at South Tunnel near Portland, virtually all Union troops passed over the "old wagon" road from Franklin, KY to Nashville, TN forcing the Confederate's attention to intercept the movement of Union troops.

General T. Sherman and his troops camped within the areas of White House Tyree Springs.


 

Tennessee Homecoming

In 1985 Tennessee Homecoming '86 was designated by Governor Lamar Alexander as a time to celebrate the 200th birthday of the State of Tennessee. As a project for our town to celebrate the event, the White House Chamber of Commerce chose to build a replica of the original White House Stage Coach Inn - the building to be used as a Library and Museum for the City of White House.

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London Plane tree seedlings from Ellis Island - home of our nation's Statue of Liberty - were planted by the Tennessee State Forestry Department. One large tree now graces the lawn of the White House Inn Library and Museum.

"Liberty Trees," as they are called, earned the name from their place of origin. They grew under the watchful eye of Lady Liberty herself and have a legacy older than our nation.