Our city in ruins: McCampbell House 

The state also now owns the McCampbell House (305 Kent Road in Donelson), a two-story brick home built in the early 1800s by brothers Charles and William Hall. The McCampbell family acquired the estate in the 1840s. Since the mid-20th century, most of the grounds were subdivided into what McIntyre calls an "Ozzie and Harriet" mid-century neighborhood, leaving the distinguished old house crammed onto an insignificant corner lot. "The grounds are overgrown, which gives the impression it's more threatened than it is," McIntyre says.

The owner recently passed away and willed the vacant house to the Tennessee State Museum. Because it's one of the few remaining early-1800s residences in Davidson County—and one of the few early Middle Tennessee landmarks built of brick in the elegant Federal style—enthusiasm for its preservation is high in the neighborhood, McIntyre says. Paperwork is being prepared to list it on the National Registry, and discussions for its future are ongoing.

"Anything is on the table now," McIntyre says. "Certainly not every house should be a museum. I personally would think that house would make a very fine home and would work well to continue in that capacity."


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