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The Athenaeum Rectory

808 Athenaeum Street, Columbia, TN 38401, USA

The Anthaeum Rectory was headquarters for Generals Negley and Schofield during the Civil War. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest was a frequent visitor. The owner of the house, the Rev. F.G. Smith, the rector of a girls' school, outfitted a company of Confederate soldiers, the Maury Rifles. The Reverend Smith also designed a submarine and worked on a hot-air balloon for the South. Owned and operated by the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities.


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From I-65 south to exit 53, take Saturn Parkway to Highway 31 south (take Columbia exit from Saturn Parkway). Travel approximately 8 miles into Columbia to West Seventh Street and turn right. Proceed 3 blocks to West Seventh Street Church of Christ. Turn left immediately past the church on Athenaeum Street. The house is at the end of the street and is designated by a blue sign.

Visitor Services

Public rest rooms, handicapped access, gift shop, museum, tours.

Regular Events

First weekend in May, Ladies' 1861 weekend; first full week after the Fourth of July, 1861 girls' summer school; December, Majestic Middle Tennessee Christmas.

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Admission Fee

Adults $6.00, students $2.00, children $1.00, seniors $2.00, $5.00 group rates available.


(February-December) Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.



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