Rippavilla – Spring Hill, TN
More than 150 years ago, the Civil War came to Rippavilla in Maury County, Tennessee. Today, the historic landscape and site is protected through a conservation easement with The Land Trust for Tennessee and will become a City of Spring Hill public park.
Rippavilla is a landscape steeped in history and intrigue. According to detailed accounts from the Civil War, Confederate officers gathered for breakfast in the antebellum home at Rippavilla on November 30, 1864 to discuss how Union troops slipped past their lines the night before en route to what would become the infamous Battle of Franklin.
Over a century and a half later, Rippavilla Inc., a nonprofit that managed the property for many years, partnered with The Land Trust for Tennessee in 2017 to protect the 98-acre landscape with a conservation easement. The property is located in Spring Hill, Tennessee, an area experiencing rapid development and subdivision.
In addition to conserving historic land in context, the conservation easement protects active farmland, nearly 2,500 feet of riparian buffer along a tributary of the Duck River, and expansive views of the home from Highway 31, a major transportation corridor.
Now, future generations have the opportunity to study the past, enjoy the land, and write their own chapters into the history books.
From the Ground Level: Conserving Rippavilla
The Land Trust for Tennessee protects Rippavilla with a conservation easement. In May 2017, Rippavilla transferred the protected 98-acre property to the City of Spring Hill with plans for the land to become a city park.