About Sumner County
Legacy of Legends
For well over 200 years, Sumner County has continuously attracted notable names to this special place. From the pages of history come:
- Daniel Smith – A contemporary of Andrew Jackson, Gen. Smith was a Revolutionary War patriot and two-time U.S. Senator. His 1780s vintage home, Rock Castle, today stands as one of the best preserved examples of an early settlement home in Tennessee.
- Andrew Jackson – Although “Old Hickory” never resided in Sumner County, he spent a large amount of time in the county directly across the river from his own home and plantation. He had many friends and associates who lived in Sumner County. While occasionally participating in legal proceedings as Attorney General, Jackson competitively raced thoroughbred horses in Sumner County.
- Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham – She married into wealth at age 22, and then parlayed her assets as the young widow of Isaac Franklin into her own fortune as one of Tennessee’s highest profile women of the 19th century. She was the “lady of the house” in two of the Nashville area’s most legendary mansions ... Fairvue in Gallatin (now the site of an upscale, lakefront residential development) and Belmont in Nashville (now the site of Belmont University).
From the music industry, notable Sumner County residents have included:
- Johnny Cash – His acclaim is international in scope, and his legend has arguably grown even larger since his death in 2003. Johnny Cash’s distinctive home on Old Hickory Lake is inextricably meshed with the life of “the Man in Black.” The list of visitors to the Hendersonville home he shared with wife June Carter Cash reads like a Who’s Who of multiple music genres … Hollywood celebrities … and politicians.
- Roy Orbison – A fellow inductee with Johnny Cash into both the Rock and Roll and Nashville Songwriters Halls of Fame, Orbison’s legend has also grown since his passing in 1998. Orbison resided in a contemporary lodge-style home that was essentially “next door” to Cash’s estate overlooking Old Hickory Lake.
- Taylor Swift – With one of the most meteoric ascents in country and pop music history, Taylor’s family moved to Tennessee from Pennsylvania when she was 15 years of age to improve her opportunities for “being discovered.” An immensely talented songwriter at an early age, Taylor was a student at Hendersonville High School when she began being noticed by the music industry, and she quickly blossomed into being a multiple Grammy and CMA award-winning artist.
Other high-profile music artists who have called Sumner County home include:
- Barbara Mandrell
- Tammy Wynette
- Conway Twitty
- Gary Allen
- Lorrie Morgan
- Marty Stuart and Connie Smith