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Constantine Sneed House/ Windy Hill

Updated: Jan 18, 2023


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Constantine Sneed House / Windy Hill was built by Constantine “Constant”

Perkins Sneed (1790-1864) and Suzannah Perkins Hardeman Sneed (1807-1859) at 9135 Old Smyrna Rd. in Brentwood in 1825. Constantine married Suzannah in 1825 also. Ironically, Suzannah’s father was also named Constantine.


It is a 2 story brick home. Major Sneed fought in the War of 1812 with Gen. Andrew Jackson including the Battle of New Orleans. Their son, James Hardeman Sneed (1828-1904), inherited it with his wife Margaret Caldwell Wilkerson Sneed (1839-1881), and his family resided there until the late 1800s.


During the middle 20th century, the land was owned by William Presley Puryear (1843-1913) and Fannie Milfred Wright Puryear (1855-1931). After William died, Fannie moved to Hendersonville, TN. Their son, Gustavus A. Puryear, owned Woodmont in Nashville and helped develop the residential area and build Woodmont Blvd. Another son, George Wright Puryear was a lieutenant in World War I U.S. Army Air Service and was shot down over Germany. Lt. Puryear was the first U.S. officer Prisoner of War to escape from a war camp.


In 1975, Wilbur Carson and Lucy T. Sensing, Jr. purchased the property. Sensing operated Windy Hill Farm and owned Enco Materials Co., a family business, which was on the East bank of the Cumberland River across from downtown. The Enco land was purchased to make way for the Titans football stadium. By 2020, the Sensing couple had moved to a senior living community in the area. They arranged with the City of Brentwood to purchase 52 of their 90 acres of farmland to create Windy Hill Park to preserve the land for the community. NRHP 1988 See also Brentvale Farm, Foxview, Meeting of the Waters, Montpier, Poplar Grove, Woodmont


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