1861 house built by Williamson family, tangled in divorce burns

1861 house built by Williamson family, tangled in divorce burns


Before flames burned it to the ground Tuesday, a white-Greek rival house stood along the corner of Clovercloft Road and Wilson Pike.

It’s massive columns made for a prominent first impression. Now, all that remains is the skeleton of two chimneys on either end. A heap of smoldered rubble sits in the middle with two crumbling front steps partially in tact.

A passerby phoned in a fire at the house at 1:37 a.m. Tuesday. Both the Williamson County Fire and Rescue Squad and the Franklin Fire Department responded within four to five minutes of the 911 call. Crews left the scene near 6:30 a.m. The cause of the fire has not been released.

Before it burned, the home had been one of the few left in Williamson with that particular architecture. The house was two stories with an original staircase and architrave molding on the doors and the mantle. On the back of the house stood a two-story portico.

The Greek Rival is the most popular of survivors of the county,” Heritage Foundation historian Rick Warwick said. “There’s not many of what was that quality left. It’s definitely a loss to the county.”

Construction on the home started in 1861. It wasn’t complete until 1865 with the Civil War disrupting its construction. Joseph Wilson resided in the house until his death in 1891. His son George Wilson later inherited the property and passed it down to S.J. Wilson.

According to Williamson County deed records, Wilson sold his life estate to Virginia Hill for $5,000. It included all of the furnishings and everything else in the house.

Up until Aug. 3, homeowners Roger Kash and Cathleen Jackson owned the home. The two bought it in the mid 1990s. According to records from the Chancery Court of Appeals in Nashville, the court ordered the couple to sell the home in 2012. According to its last listing on Zillow.com, the house had an estimated listing price of $791,194.

Part of the court order also entailed repairs to the house and spelled out which party was responsible for the payment. The couple finally sold the property to Alexander Wolaver of the Annie Moses Band. Wolaver had plans to transform to the property into a school of music to connect with those interested in the arts.

Emily West covers Franklin and Williamson County government and schools for Home Page Media Group. Contact her at emily@franklinhomepage.com. Follow her on Twitter via @emwest22

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