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Seward Hall (Garden Hill)

Updated: Apr 29

John Ewing Hill (1829-1864) and Sarah Elizabeth Buchanan Hill (1833-1870) wed in 1851.

Photo by Skye Marthaler

In 1854, they built their home on Liberty Pike as a 2 story brick Greek Revival home near Sarah’s parents. They named the mansion Garden Hill and had 320 acres.

Four years later, 1868, they sold to John Cargell Seward (1818-1886) and (Margaret) Johanna Crockett Seward (1819-1880). The Hill family moved to Gibson Co. Johanna’s parents were Andrew and Catherine W. B. Crockett of Crockett-Knox House and sister of Samuel Crockett of S. Crockett House/ Forge Seat. The Sewards lived at the estate that became known as Seward Hall until the late 1890s.

Since then there have been multiple owners. By 1999, most of the home’s land had been sold to develop one of Franklin’s first master planned communities, McKay’s Mill. In 2006, Wesley Campbell owned Seward Hall. In 2019, the property address is now 1755 Players Mill Rd. with 22 acres. The Seward name is recognized by the area being called Seward Hall. NRHP 1988 See Crockett-Knox House, S. Crockett House/ Forge Seat

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