Places That Aren’t Haunted: Sunnyside Mansion

After his service in the Revolutionary War the state of North Carolina gave Thomas Hardiman 640 acres along Brown’s Creek. In 1852 38 acres was purchased by Mary Benton, the widow of Andrew Jackson’s enemy, Jesse Benton.

While Benton had the Sunnyside Mansion built on the site she lived in a small cabin that still exists on the property. Today Sunnyside Mansion is one of the oldest homes in South Nashville and survived the Battle of Nashville in 1864 when the building was caught in the crossfire between the Union and Conferderate armies. Today there are still reminders of the battle as the front porch is still damaged from the fighting. Once the fighting subsided Sunnyside was used as a Confederate hospital.

After the war the building was renamed Lee Mont after General Robert E. Lee. The building changed hands again a few times and was renamed ‘Idlewood’ when Dr. L. G. Noel purchased the home in 1882. When Dr. Noel died in 1927 Granville Sevier bought the property. Sevier’s family sold the land to Metro Nashville in 1945 and three years later the land around the building became Sevier Park.

In 2004 a massive restoration took place to bring Sunnyside back to it’s original state with some modern upgrades.

You would think that being a Civil War hospital and being stuck in the middle of Union and the Confederate armies would lead to some paranormal activity. right?


Despite all the history surrounding Sunnyside Mansion and Sevier Park the building is not haunted. Every employee we’ve talked to has mentioned that in all the years they’ve worked on the property nothing strange has taken place.

Today Sevier Park is a five minute walk from 12 South and is a trendy part of town.

If you are looking for some other haunted places around Nashville you can find them in the Nashville Ghost Map app available in the iTunes app store for only $1.99.

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