What is now known as the Croft House at Grassmere was built in 1810, making it one of the oldest houses in Nashville.
Five generations lived there until 1985 when it was bequeathed to the Cumberland Museum and then became the home of the Nashville Zoo in 1996. The home and gardens are now open to the public.
Inside are many family artifacts dating to the 1800s.
Vignettes of family life give you a taste of a bygone era.
Many of the outbuildings are also still standing.
We are so lucky to have our zoo situated on this farmland. The Croft sisters were animal lovers who wanted this space to be used for animal education. The zoo is now world-renowned for its breeding programs of endangered species including the clouded leopard.
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