Historic Rock Castle was built in 1794 by General Daniel Smith. It was the first stone masonry house built west of the Appalachian Mountains. Its unique 22-inch thick limestone walls and windows all around helped protect its early residents from Native American attacks. Nowadays, this state owned historic site serves as a monument to survival on the Tennessee frontier.
Monthaven is a historic home in Hendersonville, Tennessee and is on the National Historic Register. It was built around 1860, and was used as a field hospital during the American Civil War. A few skirmishes occurred on the property as well. The historic building is now home to galleries and offices of the Hendersonville Arts Council.