Hendersonville is the largest city in Sumner County, Tennessee, on Old Hickory Lake. Hendersonville was settled around 1784 by Daniel Smith when he began work on his Rock Castle. Hendersonville is home to several different museums and cultural centers that many visitors enjoy seeing. Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center is Sumner County’s first arts museum of its kind and is an inspirational addition to the Greater Nashville’s Arts and Museums community. Their mission is to collect, preserve, and represent local and regional art, and present exhibits of regional, national, and international importance.
History, arts, education, and community will continue an ever-present commitment to the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center. The MACC is located in the charming historic mansion on Gallatin Road in Hendersonville. Previously known as Hendersonville Arts Council, it is being transformed into a beautiful art gallery and museum, and is set to display a destination in the area for those who are interested in the visual and performing arts. Monthaven was originally part of 640 acres granted to Henry Rule for service in the Revolutionary War.
Built-in the early 1800s and used as a Civil War field hospital, the mansion was named Liberty Hall when LB Fite took up residence after the war. In 1936, it was bought by Nashville businessman Mont Bliss Comer, becoming his “getaway” and quickly issued “Monts Haven.” After Mont’s death, his family settled in the mansion and then sold it in the late 1980s to a growing company who deeded the mansion to the city of Hendersonville to be used for the arts.