Today I had the pleasure to tour one of many Maury County's beautiful historic homes, Pleasant Grove, whose colorful history dates back to 1795 when the core of the house was built. This “core structure” was a simple two-story log home.
The first level of the home featured two rooms built on either side of a central breezeway, commonly known as a dogtrot. This style of home was brought west as settlers came out of the Appalachian Mountains, where this type of home was commonplace.
Over the years, several additions and modifications were made to Pleasant Grove, starting with the enclosure of the dogtrot. Then, brick facing and a columned veranda were added to the structure to give it a more sophisticated, plantation appearance.
Two notable residents of the home were Buford Moore and his wife Cora. Both were known in their fields—Buford Moore was a renowned architect in Nashville, and Cora Moore was a listed artist who taught art at Vanderbilt University. Several references can be found to art exhibitions featuring her work in Nashville in the 1960s.
Jim Stoltz was in attendance, and he said Buford and Cora were his aunt and uncle. He owned an original Cora Moore painting and said it was a small cubism style painting so popular in the first half of the 20th Century. I'd love to photograph her work and add it here.
The Moore’s legacy lives on in this house, as it was Mr. Moore who enclosed the back porch of this home to create an art studio for Mrs. Moore. Did you hear my heart just skip a beat?
The home is currently owned by Sam Fitzgerald and Doug Blake. They named the home “Pleasant Grove” because of the history associated with the Culleoka area.
In the early days of Culleoka, two prominent families quarreled over the naming of the town. One family was in charge of the post office, and they favored “Culleoka;” the other family favored “Pleasant Grove.” The end result was that the town became known by two different names. If one wanted to mail a letter to the town, they mailed it to Culleoka. If one wanted to take a train to the town, they bought a ticket for the Pleasant Grove Station. Now that rail service is no longer active in the area, the name Pleasant Grove has almost died away. But, thanks to Sam and Doug, the name lives on in a new way.
We were in awe of the beautiful, interesting and unique furnishings in the home. I was especially delighted to see Doug owns a photo of his grandfather's grandfather.
hank you Doug and Sam for opening your lovely home and sharing its history with us!!