RIVERWOOD MANSION'S RICH HISTORY
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Continuing a legacy of entertaining in the South
Having created magnificent wedding experiences for almost 20 years, Riverwood Mansion is regarded as one of the top event venues in Nashville. The mansion itself is stunning, while its manicured gardens and grounds work in unison to complete your dream of a stunning Southern style wedding. Riverwood's location is secluded enough to transport you to another time, but is also just minutes from the heart of Nashville. Our professional staff is warm, helpful and knowledgeable about all things wedding related, from trends to vendors. Our experienced staff focuses on the details and makes your wedding experience as enjoyable and worry-free as possible.
Riverwood’s rich history
Riverwood Mansion is one of Nashville’s historical treasures. The Metropolitan Historical Commission has identified it as one of Nashville’s most significant historic structures. Built in the late 1790′s among its original 2,500 acres, Riverwood is one of Nashville’s oldest homes, and at 9,200 square feet, it is one of the largest. Known for its lavish parties, with famous guests including seven U.S. presidents. We continue the tradition of making unforgettable memories.
Alexander Porter and his family are responsible for the original buildings that make up Riverwood Mansion today. Born in Ireland, he became a powerful member of the Nashville community by owning considerable commercial property in the area. Originally named Tammany Woods after his family home in Northern Ireland, Riverwood underwent several renovations while he owned it. Many experts attribute the Greek revival influences to architect William Strickland, who also designed the Tennessee State Capitol.
In 1859 the house was sold to William Frierson Cooper of the influential Cooper family of Columbia, Tennessee. Eventually becoming Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tennessee, Mr. Cooper renamed the mansion Riverwood because of its proximity to the Cumberland River and its forests. It remained in the Cooper family for decades, until the death of Mrs. Sarah Burch in 1975. In the late 1990's Riverwood was purchased and renovated by it's current owners and is now the ideal event venue for classic Southern style weddings and events.