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Stone Hall was built in 1918 by Nashville architect George Waller for Dempsey Weaver Cantrell and his wife Nora, the poet laureate of Tennessee. It was named in honor of Cantrell's English ancestors, and filled with Victorian-era furniture that reportedly reminded Nora of happy childhood memories. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an important example of Colonial Revival architecture.
The Colonial Revival style of the two story home’s exterior is seen in the stonework, symmetrical façade design, entry with sidelights and transom, tile roof with hip roof dormers, multiple light windows, and large multiple light bay windows. Inside, the house retains historic woodwork, floor plan, and fireplaces. The portico and some of the interior woodwork add a Craftsman element to the exterior of the house.
Built on 12 acres, the property also includes a charming three-story log cabin named Eversong which represents a different version of the Colonial Revival, the log house. It features exposed logs and other original architectural features representing twentieth century representation of early colonial houses.
Eversong was moved to the current spot from Williamson County in the 1930s. It served as a guest house for Stone Hall. It was also the place where Nora wrote her poems, which she called "songs."
Cover photo credit: Michael Hicks via Flickr.