Gallatin was established in 1802 and named after Albert Gallatin
the Secretary of Treasury under three presidents: Thomas Jefferson, James
Madison, and Andrew Jackson. In 1803 Jackson was one of the first to purchase
land in Gallatin and opened the city’s first general store. Since that time,
Gallatin has had a steady increase in population and is the second largest city
in Sumner County with over 35,000 residents.
Gallatin was designed around an open square concept and the
historic downtown area is home to many shops and local restaurants for everyone
to enjoy. The downtown area also hosts an annual classic car show, the Main
Street Festival, and 3rd Thursdays on Main which is a free summer
concert series. The Palace Theater also calls downtown Gallatin home and has
since 1913 and is the oldest, original silent movie theater in the State of
Once known as the Bluegrass region of
Tennessee, equestrian and thoroughbred farms were prevalent throughout the
area. Some of the most historic areas have transformed into the some of the
most beautiful neighborhoods in the state.
Fairvue Plantation was originally Isaac
Franklin Plantation and was built in 1832 during the antebellum period of
American history. Now Fairvue Plantation is a luxury neighborhood with complete
with custom built homes on lake lots and a private golf course and clubhouse.
Foxland Harbor neighborhood was originally the
site of the Foxland Mansion also built in the antebellum time in 1830. By the
1920s the mansion had transformed into a grand sportsman’s club called
Grasslands International. Foxland, like Fairvue, is a luxurious neighborhood on
the lake with resort caliber amenities and a pristine golf course.
Kennesaw Farms is another area that has a lot
of history dating back to the early 1800s and legend has it that A.C. Franklin
won the Kennesaw mansion and nearly 300 acres gambling on a riverboat bound for
New Orleans. During his lifetime he acquired close to 1,400 acres and his sons
continued the horse business their father started. His son James continued the
horse racing tradition even after Tennessee passed a prohibition against gambling
in the state. Now Kennesaw Farms is a high end neighborhood in between Hendersonville