Nicholas Gotten House

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Nicholas Gotten House
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Nicholas Gotten House (2009)
Nicholas Gotten House is located in Tennessee
Nicholas Gotten House
Location2969 Court Street
Bartlett, Tennessee
United States
Coordinates35°12′23″N 89°52′26″W / 35.20639°N 89.87389°W / 35.20639; -89.87389Coordinates: 35°12′23″N 89°52′26″W / 35.20639°N 89.87389°W / 35.20639; -89.87389
ArchitectNicholas Gotten
Architectural styleSaltbox Style
NRHP reference #02000236[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 20, 2002

The Nicholas Gotten House is located on 2969 Court Street in Bartlett, Tennessee, United States. It houses the Bartlett Museum, a local history museum operated by the Bartlett Historical Society.[2]

The white frame structure was built by Nicholas Gotten in 1871 in the New England saltbox style.[3] A saltbox is a wooden frame house with a long, pitched roof that slopes down to the back.


Nicholas Gotten immigrated from Germany at the age of 22 in 1854. He was a blacksmith and served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War under Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.[4] In the years following the war, Gotton made a living as a miller and ginner. He and his wife Julia Coleman raised three children in the house.[5][6]

Until the late 1970s, the Gotten House was owned by the City of Bartlett and used as the Bartlett Police Station.[7] In the early 1980s, the house was leased by the City of Bartlett to the Bartlett Historic Society in a 50-year contract for $1 per year, to save the house from planned demolition and to refurbish the property.[8] The structure became the seat of the Bartlett Historic Society, and since 1990 it has housed the Bartlett Museum.[3] Exhibits on display at the museum are of relevance to local history: the collection includes photographs, written documents on the history of Bartlett, artifacts, and period furniture.[9] The museum is open to the public every first and third Sunday of the month from 2-4 pm. Admission to the museum is free.

On March 20, 2002, the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1] After a $100,000 renovation in 2007, which included authentic new windows, doors and fixtures, the Gotten house was declared a Bartlett Historic Landmark by the Bartlett Historic Preservation Commission in 2008.[6]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ History of Bartlett
  3. ^ a b "Bartlett, TN - Official Website - History". City of Bartlett. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
  4. ^ Dye, Robert W. Shelby County. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. p. 89. ISBN 978-0-7385-4192-1.
  5. ^ Historical marker in front of the Gotten House.
  6. ^ a b "Gotten House now a landmark". Commercial Appeal, Memphis. 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
  7. ^ "Historic Facelift - Bartlett's Gotten House undergoes upgrades". Commercial Appeal, Memphis. 2007-07-11. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
  8. ^ "Historical Society hosts Christmas Open House". Bartlett Express. Suburban Community News Archive. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
  9. ^ "History of Bartlett, Tennessee". RootsWeb. Retrieved 2009-05-30.