Hillcrest (circa 1840)

Built by James Abbott, Hillcrest is architecturally unusual with its Swiss Cottage styling, and is one of the few houses built of this style in this time period in Tennessee. The home has three levels with two doors opening onto balconies on the upstairs levels, the resulting cross ventilation contributing to the early day 'air-conditioning' of the house. During the Civil War, this architectural treasure was also occupied by Union soldiers.