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Riverview: Bye bye because of I-65

Near Murfreesboro Rd. and Hwy 96.

Circa 1820

Built by John Nichols (1789-1863) and Elizabeth McCown Nichols (1799-1881). They wed in 1814. His father had a Revolutionary War grant in Edgefield in Nashville. Her parents were from Bardstown, KY. Riverview was originally on Murfreesboro Rd. After a bridge burned after the Civil War, its address changed to Lewisburg Pk. They had a farm and a grist mill on the Harpeth River - the road nearby became the Nichols Mill Rd. in early Williamson County history.

In 1835, the Nichols sold the property to Capt. John Lee Hughes (1776-1860) and Sara "Sallie" Martin Hughes (1777-1842) with 282 acres on the Big Harpeth River. The Hughes family emigrated from Virginia. Hughes had been a Virginia state representative. In Franklin, he became prosperous businessman and large land owner. Hughes gave the place to his son Dr. Brice Martin Hughes (1806-1900) on his marriage in 1839 to Susan Elmira Fleming Hughes (?-1868). Susan's parents were William and Mixey Thompson Fleming of Sunnyside in Columbia.

Riverview was ultimately decades later in the path of Interstate 65 and was torn down in the 1960s - the interchange was opened in 1969. It was near the interchange of I-65 and Murfreesboro Rd/ Hwy 96. The family is remembered with Nichol Mill Lane in Brentwood.


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