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Braxton Lee Homestead Open House and Bake Sale Set for April 13

The Braxton Lee Homestead Foundation is inviting the public out to the Homestead on April 13.

Between 1 PM and 4 PM, guests can tour the historic home and enjoy the view from the property's highest point. A large bake sale will also offer a variety of homemade treats available for purchase.

"We hope you will be inspired to be a part of history and help leave a legacy," event coordinators say.

In the event of inclement weather, a rain date is set for April 27.

The historic home is located at 117 Smith Street in Ashland City.

More information can be found at

The History Behind the Home

According to the foundation's website, the Homestead was purchased in 1796 and the home, reputed to be one of the first inhabited homes in Cheatham County was built in 1811.

The home was made from large red cedar, ash, and chestnut trees which were plentiful in the area. The logs are still intact and the original kitchen and smokehouse are still standing.

Braxton Lee was a very prominent early settler of middle Tennessee, having moved west from Virginia in 1776. He operated a large plantation and provided supplies and food to riverboards on the Cumberland River. He was a former Justice of the Peace of (then) Davidson County, and was commissioned a Captain in the 20thTN Regiment in Davidson County in 1807.

This homestead was one of the voting locations when they first voted to form a new county out of parts of Davidson, Robertson, Montgomery and Dickson Counties. The initial vote failed but it was later passed in 1856.

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