Cheatham County

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Cheatham County is named for Edward Cheatham, who was a Tennessee state legislator.


Created:  May 15, 1856

County Seat: 

Sycamore Mills   1856

Forest Hill           1856 – 1857

Ashland City       1857 – present


County Courthouse – Ashland


Location:  100 Public Square / Sycamore Street

Built:  1869 – 1870

Style:  Colonial Revival

Architect:  Thomas Lowe ( 1869 )   Robert E Turberville ( 1914 )

Contractor:   Thomas Lowe ( 1869 )   Stayden & McNabb ( 1914 )


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city and is a “T” shape being two buildings with the original Greek Revival-Italianate section on the northeast side and the 1914 addition being the horizontal section on the southwest side. The southwest front has a one story portico with two wide columns with pediment at the second story. The foundation is coursed limestone. The roof is hipped with three small dormers. The building was renovated in 1946 and 1970. On the northeast side is a modern two story red colored brick and concrete addition.


Note:  The county court was held at Sycamore Mills on the first Monday of June, 1856. The court adjourned to meet at Forest Hill on the first Monday of July, 1856 until 1857 when sessions were held in Ashland City. In 1858, a two story frame building was erected on the corner of Main and Cumberland Streets, and used as a court house. The second courthouse was built in 1869 at a cost of $12,000. Thomas Lowe, who contracted with D. J. Johns, W L Robertson and Honorable S D Power, jail commissioners, to erect the jail for $2,114.70 was probably contracted to erect the courthouse. An addition was constructed in 1914 at a cost of $25,000.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Cheatham County Courthouse



N – Montgomery County and Robertson County

E – Davidson County

S – Williamson County

W – Dickson County and Montgomery County





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Photos taken 2014