Bowen-Campbell House

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Bowen-Campbell House
Bowen-Campbell House2007.jpg
The Bowen-Campbell House in 2007
Location E of Goodlettsville on Jackson Rd.
Nearest city Goodlettsville, Tennessee
Built 1787
Architect William Bowen
NRHP Reference # 77001295
Added to NRHP July 25, 1977

The Bowen-Campbell House, also known as the Bowen Plantation House, is a two-story, Federal style, brick house located in Goodlettsville, Sumner County, Tennessee.[1][2][3]


The house was built from 1787 to 1788 by Captain William Bowen, a veteran of Lord Dunmore's War of 1774, the French and Indian War of 1754 to 1763, and the American Revolutionary War who brought his family to the area in 1785.[1][2][3] His son, William Russell Bowen, later lived in the house.[1] His grandson, Brigadier General William Bowen Campbell who served as Governor of Tennessee from 1851 to 1853 and U.S. Congressman from Tennessee from 1837 to 1843, was born in the house in 1807.[2][3]

It is the oldest brick house in Middle Tennessee.[2][3] The bricks were imported from Lexington, Kentucky.[3] The original plantation area around the house is now the home of Moss-Wright Park. The Bowen-Campbell House Association as well as the Tennessee Historical Commission, restored the house in 1976.[3] In 1977, the structure was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Archeologists found the family cemetery on the property in 1995 and restored it in 1996.[3] It is open for tours as part of Historic Mansker's Station.


  1. ^ a b c City of Goodlettsville, Tennessee: Bowen Plantation House
  2. ^ a b c d James A. Hoobler, A Guide to Historic Nashville, Tennessee, The History Press, 2008, pp. 10-11 [1]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Douglas M. Slater, Bowen-Campbell House, The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, December 25, 2009