In 1818 a small house was built by Dr. James and Sally Murfree Maney just north of Murfreesboro. The small brick house housed the doctor his wife and three of their children. Their fast growing family and wealth lead to additions to the home in the 1820’s and 30’s. After the death of his wife Dr. James Maney retired and passed his modest plantation home onto his oldest surviving son Major Lewis and his wife Adeline Cannon. One last major renovation was made in the late 1850’s giving the home a distinctive Italianate facade. Today the beautiful home is open to the public for tours and is well-known as the Oaklands Mansion.
The historic home sits on three acres of parkland that feature a children’s playground, nature trails, and BBQ grills. Paved trails in a manicured lawn are located in the front of the home and unpaved nature trails run along a small spring in a wooded area beside the mansion offer a quick escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. On my visit the unpaved trails were muddy and areas were inaccessible due to flooding. (Note to self, don’t wear ballet flats on muddy trails.) The paved trails offered plenty of benches to stop and take in the scenery and view the large metal sculptures that were located throughout the park. The beautiful and historic Evergreen Cemetery located near Oaklands Mansion and is another great place for a leisurely walk.