Meeting of the Waters in Franklin, TN

Tennessee country is still on my mind! We may visit Franklin for vacation in a few weeks, and I showed you Storybook Cottage in Leiper’s Fork where we stayed on our last trip. Leiper’s Fork is about to become more famous (Justin Timberlake and Nicole Kidman already have homes here) as the Giannettis’ new town! The couple is leaving Ojai’s Patina Farm for the fresh adventure of Patina Meadow. I personally fell for Franklin decades ago after a week in Nashville for the Dove Awards at the Opry. One very special night, with my sisters, I was a guest for dinner at this Federal style historic Franklin home known as Meeting of the Waters.

Dramatic entry with French mural in restored home - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

The setting and history of Meeting of the Waters took my breath away. After dinner, we were treated to an unforgettable private concert in the parlor with Michael W. Smith. The entire property has been lovingly restored since that visit, and what a treat to see it in its present glory!

3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin is known as Meeting of the Waters for its historic location at the union of the Big and West Harpeth Rivers.

Historic Home Tour: Meeting of the Waters

Red brick exterior of 1810 restored home -

Restored Entry in the 1803 House

What drama everywhere you look when you step through the front door! I don’t recall any such drama when I was in the house. Somewhere packed away, I have photos of us in the parlor with Michael W. Smith, and I’ll try to find them!

Dramatic entry and staircase - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

A beautiful blue and green wall covering in the entry is a reproduced design first printed by Jean Zuber et Cie, France in 1834. The rich wallpaper was painstakingly recreated in New York.

Mural in entry of restored 1810 home - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

While my research didn’t yield any information about the hardwood floor pattern in the entry, maybe you can tell me!

Entry with mural and bold patterned floor - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

I’m crazy about that stair runner! Isn’t it gorgeous? I’m also loving the rich green under the chair rail.

Parlor at Meeting of the Waters

Restored parlor - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

The parlor looked nothing like this when I was in it! I recall simple moldings and a lack of pattern.

In this parlor or formal living room, an original fireplace with wood mantel has a grand mirror above it. The boldly beautiful blue and gold carpet is a recreation of the original.

Restored parlor - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

Do the window treatments look extra special? They include 14-carat gold leaf window cornices! Something happened during that private living room concert I mentioned that made the evening even more memorable. An electrical storm knocked out all of the electricity so we had to light candles. And the strange thing is, the power to Michael W. Smith’s keyboard kept working so it became this intimate little concert!

Original Early 19th-Century Porch

I recall being knocked out by the porches. We spent time on the back porch, and here’s the original porch with its haint blue ceiling.

Front porch - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn
Exterior - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

I loved the porches, although I think they have changed!

Back porch at 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

Isn’t the ceiling height wonderful?

Back porch at 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

Restored Kitchen in This Historic Franklin Home

The family who restored this home raised children in it so you’ll notice the kitchen was designed for modern living.

Restored kitchen breakfast nook - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

But with antiques and timeless design features, it feels quite fitting. The harvest table looks to be the scale of mine which doesn’t fit in our new home!

Restored kitchen - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

Isn’t the detail of open storage for plates on the island’s end a great one?

Island in restored kitchen - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

With the mix of painted and stained cabinetry, there’s a sense of informality and warmth.

Range and red brick in restored kitchen - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

I’m sure there are amazing stories about the materials chosen for the kitchen such as the beam above the range.

Historic Colorful Dining Room

Restored dining room - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

You antique lovers are likely loving this dining room with its bold happy colors and historic details.

Restored dining room - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

I love the yellow inside the blue-green built-in.

Restored dining room with red - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn
Restored dining room - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

Historic Home Tour: Bedrooms

The owners who restored the home met with a local historian to uncover the original paint colors, stencils, and wallpapers for the home.

Blue bedroom with fireplace in 1810 restored home - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

These patterns and colors were recreated for each room.

Green bedroom in 1810 restored home - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

In this pink bedroom below, the ornately dressed bed is thought to be original to the home.

Pink bedroom in 1810 restored home - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

I wonder if the bed remained when the home welcomed new owners?

Pink bedroom in 1810 restored home - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

That carpet (above) looks so French, and I can imagine it at the Ritz Paris!

Yellow and blue bedroom in 1810 restored home - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

Log Cabin at Meeting of the Waters

Yes, this property (18 acres) includes a log cabin!

Log cabin exterior - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

Isn’t it stunning?

Interior of log cabin on property - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

Tour the Gardens at This Historic Home

Garden - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

Designed and installed by Williamson Country’s Justin Stelter, they are lovely.

Pergola and rose arbor - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

According to Southern Exposure:

“Separated by pea gravel and populated by American Boxwood, the ornamental gardens are filled with a Southern plant palette of camellias, daffodils, daylilies, gardenias, hydrangeas, roses, tulips and vincaminot.

Gazebo - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn
Outdoor fireplace - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

Hope you enjoyed this home tour! It’s not often American style and homes are spotlighted on this blog which caters to readers fond of all things European!

Tour another Franklin property, this one a farmhouse on 15 acres here:

Front exterior - 3200 Del Rio Pike in Franklin - Meeting of the Waters house. #historichomes #franklintn

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4 Comments

  1. Suzi
    September 12, 2022 / 7:19 am

    Beautiful home. However, give me the cabin!

    • Michele
      Author
      September 12, 2022 / 2:52 pm

      Yes! All I need is that cabin! 🙂

  2. Joan
    September 12, 2022 / 7:55 pm

    I absolutely love the cabin (except for the television above the fireplace)! IMO, it spoils that little gem.

    • Michele
      Author
      September 13, 2022 / 11:09 am

      Oh the television debate: to see or to not see. We need a blog post covering the controversy! I personally don’t like seeing a big black rectangle on the wall, but at the moment I have a TV in a tall cabinet in the kitchen, and I am not loving how busy everything looks when those cupboard doors are open! This is not a real problem, but for visual types, oy oy oy 🙂

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