Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Mallory Springhouse


Located in Williamson County, this old springhouse sits above a creek that area residents used for over 200 years. Native Americans used the spring before , in 1788, Thomas Sharp Spencer received the land (and over 300 acres) through which the creek flows for his service in the Revolutionary War. John and Sarah Mallory purchased 100 acres of land from Elizabeth Spencer in 1813 and built the springhouse. For years, the springhouse supplied water to nearby families, a dairy, and the Mallory School. Until 1949, the school's students carried buckets of water from the springhouse to their school daily.

If you were to walk up the hill behind the springhouse, you would be in the large parking lot of Cool Springs Galleria, one of the major malls in the Nashville area. Behind me is Mallory Lane, a major, four-lane road.

Tomorrow, I'll show you the door to the springhouse.

4 comments:

quin[tarantino] said...

That seems to have been a pretty and fancy house. I'll wait to see the door now.

Jim said...

I hope the developments stay clear, sounds like they are getting close. Neat how it was being used in 1949 the same way it was used a hundred years before.

Jilly said...

Fabulous building and history.

Kate said...

Great photo and fascinating history.