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James Webb House/ Sylvan Retreat/ Kirkview Farm


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James S. Webb (1805-1891) received 500 acres from his father, Dr. William S. Webb, and built a 2 story brick house about 1849.


The home is located at 8271 Horton Highway in College Grove and across the hill from his father Dr. Webb’s home. The same year, James married Margaret A. E. T. Ewing (1825-1901). The original name of the home was Sylvan Retreat because the trees on the property provided seclusion from the rest of the world. Webb was a merchant and planter and had stores in Culleoka and Lewisburg.


Eighteen years after Margaret died, in 1919, the plantation was sold out of the family. By the 1950s, Carl and Teresa Thoni were owners. They raise vegetables which they market and sell at the Franklin Farmers Market. NRHP 1988


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