Welcome to Brentwood
|Brentwood, Tennessee is a beautiful suburb of Nashville. It is an easy commute to Nashville, which makes it a popular and growing community. Brentwood's early history includes being a hunting ground for many Native American Tribes, which caused conflicts between settlers and Indians. During the Civil War it was significant loss for the Union troops when it was overrun by Nathan Bedford Forest and his Confederate troops. In 1969 the interstate came into the area and Brentwood was incorporated as a city. Today it is one of Nashville's most prominent suburbs and a wonderful place to live. |
Brentwood is a vibrant and young city, most residents are in their early 40's. It's become a preferred area to live in with excellent schools, beautiful parks and lovely homes. New homes are being built and many former Southern mansions are being renovated and restored to their former splendor.
This suburb of Nashville has a wonderful education system including award winning public schools. There are 12 public schools in the Williamson County Schools district. They have seven grade schools, three middle schools and two high schools. Brentwood Middle School is an example of an award winning school. It incorporates grades six to eight and was recently given the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award. This award recognizes high performing schools in the nation. Not to mention, Brentwood High School and Ravenwood High School are top rated public schools in the country. Brentwood is also home to one of the top 10 libraries for children.
Parks and recreation are abundant in Brentwood. There are plenty of public parks, bike and walking trails and many other natural areas filled with native trees, butterflies, birds and wildflowers. Crocket Park has recently renovated to include walkways and a fantastic greenbelt. There are many opportunities to enjoy nature in Brentwood, Tennessee.
One of the popular public parks is the Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary. The 160 acre park of protected green space is open for scheduled programs on a reservation basis. The facility is dedicated to conservation, research, species protection and restoration. They frequently host special events for the Boy and Girl Scouts in the area and feature a summer camp program. It is open to parents who homeschool for nature sessions and can be rented for parties or family events.
Brentwood is a lovely bedroom community of Nashville within easy commuting distance of the big city. Excellent schools, beautiful parks and many recreation opportunities make Brentwood a wonderful city for all ages.
The history of Brentwood, TN is well documented and alive. Prehistoric mounds built by Native Americans from about 900 A.D. can be found in Brentwood's Primm Park. It seems the groups responsible for the mounds disappeared by 1300. The next part of the story jumps to the late 1700s when white settlers arrived in this area.
Conflicts with nomadic native American tribes from Georgia and Alabama were as awful as imagined, leading to a massacre in 1786 that did not end well for the white settlers. Time passed and other families moved in. Many of them, families from Virginia and North Carolina, who had been given land grants for service in the Revolutionary War. The original business hub was on Old Smyrna Road, but the railroad built a depot there and it moved to its current site.
The Civil War left Brentwood in tatters, and the many plantations were sold for small farms. Sometime between 1920 and 1940 the plantation houses were turned into fox hunting centers and the economy turned around. The interstate came through in 1969, the same year that Brentwood was incorporated as a city. The Maryland Farms office complex was built about that time also. There are still a few surviving plantation homes in the area, to the credit of preservation societies here.
PARKS AND RECREATION
There are an amazing number of parks on almost 1,000 acres in Brentwood. There are more than 20 miles of walking and biking paths in Brentwood, spread among ten well-kept parks.
1. The newest one, Owl Creek Park, built in 2007 contains a playground and picnic area, as well as basketball courts and walking paths.
2. Tower Park off Concord Road is the location of the Williamson County Indoor Sports Complex. A 50-meter pool, five indoor tennis courts, fitness center, childcare room, multi-purpose room, full service locker rooms and several outdoor activity areas cover all your athletic needs.
3. Crockett Park, the largest park with 170 acres, has a long list of recreational options for tennis, baseball, softball, soccer, frisbee golf and other field events. Biking and jogging trails are available too. Some courts and fields are lit up at night. There is a building for concessions that also has restrooms, conveniently, and there is an amphitheater for free summer concerts in the evenings. The 4th of July fireworks are held in this park. The Cool Springs historic house is on this site as well. All of this can be found at 1500 Volunteer Parkway.
4. Deerwood Arboretum and Nature Area has 27 acres that include nature trails, local wildlife, man-made lakes, an amphitheater and a full observation deck. Outdoor classrooms educate all who want to know about the 60 species of trees here.
5. Maryland Way Park in Maryland Farms has a paved path for walkers and bicyclers with 20 exercise stations, all on seven acres. There is some serious energy being expended here.
6. Granny White Park near Brentwood Middle School, has a sand volleyball court, fields with soccer and lacrosse goals, a picnic pavilion, jogging-biking trails and four lighted tennis courts.
ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Brentwood, TN has many options for fun and entertainment, especially for a city of only 37,000. Who doesn't want to ride in a hot air balloon? You can do it in Brentwood if you go to Southern Woods Drive. Contact B&L Ballooning at www.bandlballooning.com/ or call them at 615-834-2042.
Brentwood has four martial arts schools and two private golf clubs. The Eddy Arnold Amphitheater in Crockett Park has free concerts on Sunday nights in the summer and professional bands of various genres, including local talent.
The Towne Centre Theatre on Fierson St. has regular performances throughout the year. The schedule can be found at firstname.lastname@example.org/ or call 615-221-1174.
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