Athenaeum Rectory
Athenaeum Rectory
4.5
Historic SitesEducational sites
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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From 1852 to 1904, this was a girls' school that taught the same subjects boys were learning.
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tomas417
Cincinnati, OH171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Friends
I spend a lot of time visiting historic homes. This is one of the most unusual, I have seen. It is built in the Moorish Revival style, circa 1835. The floor plan is in a simple "H" form. In the dining room, which is the central room, it has doors opening onto both front and rear porches, The room also contains one of the most beautiful gas chandeliers, I have seen. On the East side of the house, there is a double parlor. On the west side is two bedrooms. There are also a master bedroom on the second floor.
True this house needs a lot of work but it is a diamond in the rough. I hope the trustees are able to raise a lot of money for this worthy cause. This home is just one block away from the James K. Polk house, a perfect next stop during your visit to Columbia, Tennessee. Admission is only $5.00!
Written 10 November 2015
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Lenny B
Oakland, TN637 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Friends
The tour teaches quite a bit about Maury County. This is on the National Historic Register, a place that needs to stay maintained so nothing happens to it.
Written 22 January 2018
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janer0driguez
Columbia, SC2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Family
The Athenaeum is a wonderful place to view interesting history of Maury County. The ladies are so friendly and make the information truly interesting!
Written 22 March 2017
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17thky
Memphis, Tennessee, United States21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Solo
Once proud purveyor of Southern Charm now needs assistance. Neglect and decay must stop soon before she declines further.
Written 14 September 2013
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FrontierJ
Manitou Springs, CO500 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
The tour was very reasonable but very uninformative. Things were not arranged properly as they had a shower scheduled for several days past the date of our visit. How many days would it take to move some chairs and set up? We felt that our guide was just lazy. There were boxes of books were just rotting away upstairs. The guide told us they had spent 75K on restoration last year. The furniture was period but very little was original to the house and he could not tell us anything about what was there. We thought we would learn: How many girls? Anyone famous or married well? How much did it cost to attend? There was very little offered on the part of our guide and it just felt like he wanted the money for a tour and then to just swoosh us off the property. This was the stately house of the owner of the school, not the school which has been lost to History. Just really sad to see this home in such bad shape, needing help but probably won't get much unless they improve their tour by more information.
Written 14 March 2018
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Hi FrontierJ, I'm sorry you had a bad experience at the Athenaeum. As you said, the home lacks many of its original furnishings. Since that is the case, we focus our attention on the family narrative instead of period antiques. All of the guides at the Athenaeum are volunteer. Some are retired, but the others, including the guide during your visit, work full-time jobs Monday through Friday and volunteer at the home on Saturdays. In the volunteer's defense, the question of tuition at the Athenaeum is a tough question, as it varied from student to student depending on their course load. I had to look the answer up, myself. A flat $60 fee was charged for supplies and board. After that, the students paid anywhere from $5 to $30 for their classes or lessons. So, the average cost per student was $150 to $200 per semester. Again, I apologize for the bad experience. Since we are a smaller antebellum home and volunteer operated, we keep the cost of our tours low at $5 per person. I'm sorry if you feel the volunteer just wanted your quick $5 for the restoration of a historic site and to "swoosh" you off of the site. I will gladly refund your ticket cost personally if you will send your contact information to athenaeumrectory@gmail.com.
Written 2 November 2018
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Teresa D
London56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
We enjoyed the private tour we received. It was fascinating to learn about the history of the house and the owners. That house has seen many changes in the area it sits in. Colored glass windows were pretty.
Written 26 July 2016
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Shelley Jag
Columbia, TN65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015
Beautiful place to visit. There is so much history here. It used to be a girls school. My brother had his 1st wedding here.
Written 8 February 2016
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Richard R
Columbia, Tn154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
I found this to be an interesting visit. To see a slice if history revealed. The daily life of the time period and the history surrounding the Athenaeum takes one back to that time period. This example of Southern charm and grace does need a work and assistance to maintain its charm.
Written 12 August 2015
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