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Maple Grove/ Cloverdale/ John Sloan House

Updated: Apr 29

The property was owned by the Jabez Owen Allen family for much of the nineteenth century. The 500 acre property located off Moores Lane east of I-65 (current address is 9205 Weston Dr. in Foxboro Estates) was purchased by John Elliott Sloan (1904-1988) in 1929. In 1935 he married Margaret Thomas Howe (1916-2016). Four years later, in 1939, the Sloans moved from Belle Meade to the open country of Brentwood. They had built a home in the newly-developed Belle Meade on Tyne BL just off Belle Meade BL in 1923. Maple Grove was built in English manor style.

His family was invested in Cain-Sloan and he became a principal as well as president of the Cain-Sloan Department from 1937-1970. His father, Paul Lowe Sloan of Hemlocks, had started the stores with brothers Pat and John E. Cain. There were eventually four stores in Nashville.

Sloan was also a president of the Nashville-area Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, and a director of First American National Bank. John was also very influential in developing the City of Brentwood and its success. On the farm, the Sloans raised fine-blood horses and registered Guernsey cattle. John was a founder of the Hillsboro Hounds, a fox hunting group, and he was a founder of the Iroquois Steeplechase in 1941. He represented the 15th Civil District of Williamson County for years. Late in life, Margaret self-published six books ranging from U.S. presidents to a history of Cain-Sloan. She was a board member of the Nashville Junior League and involved with the Garden Club. She helped start a small business Maple Fox in downtown Franklin.

After John’s death, his son, John Elliott Sloan, Jr.(1936-1991), inherited Maple Grove with his wife Delphine Oman whom he married in 1964. John Jr. served in the U.S. Navy and went into banking. He served as vice president or president with First American National Bank (also a board member), Harpeth National Bank, and First Tennessee Bank of Nashville. He also served on the advisory board of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. From 1983-1991, John was president and chief executive officer of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) based in California. In his last year, he moved the NFIB headquarters to Nashville.

The property was sold at some point for residential development and is now Foxboro Estates. In 2016, the owners were Kim and Todd Brannon with 3.5 acres. In 2019, Maple Grove was on the market. See Hemlocks


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