Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House Nashville Zoo and the Grassmere Historic Farm grounds are open daily
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Website: http://nashvillezoo.org/historic-home


Nashville Zoo Mission: To inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership. Grassmere Historic Farm Mission: To preserve and interpret the Croft House and Grassmere Historic Farm, in order to enrich and inspire our visitors, and to educate them on the past, present and future of the property known as the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere.

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Ruth Warner on January 1. Ruth was a long-time friend of the Croft sisters, a...
01/08/2024

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Ruth Warner on January 1. Ruth was a long-time friend of the Croft sisters, and a friend to us. She donated many photos and slides of her times visiting, including slides taken after Elise Croft passed away and Ruth, along with several staff and board members from the Cumberland Science Museum (today known as the Adventure Science Center) cataloged and packed up Elise's belongings.
Ruth and Margaret Croft shared a love of and the talent to create textile arts. Ruth and the Crofts were both related to the Overtons at Historic Travellers Rest and so were distant cousins. Ruth was a wonderful asset to the city of Nashville, and her passing is a great loss. We send our condolences to her family and her many friends.
Rest well, Ruth. Tell the sisters hello for us.

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Ruth DeMoss Robinson Warner died peacefully on January 1, 2024 at her home in Nashville, Tennessee. Born on February 6, 1927 in New York City, she...

The Croft House will be CLOSED from Jan 2-Jan 19 so our staff can attend professional development, and for deep cleaning...
01/02/2024

The Croft House will be CLOSED from Jan 2-Jan 19 so our staff can attend professional development, and for deep cleaning and annual maintenance. We will reopen on Saturday January 20. We'll see you then!

Nashville Zoo is CLOSED today for New Year's Day, but will reopen tonight at 5pm for Zoolumination! From all of us to al...
01/01/2024

Nashville Zoo is CLOSED today for New Year's Day, but will reopen tonight at 5pm for Zoolumination! From all of us to all of you, have a safe and happy New Year!

As we wind down the end of 2023, we want to thank you for your support! Nashville Zoo had a great year, in part due to a...
12/31/2023

As we wind down the end of 2023, we want to thank you for your support! Nashville Zoo had a great year, in part due to all of you and your love of the zoo! We want to wish you and all of yours a very safe New Year's Eve, and we'll see you in 2024!

As a reminder, Nashville Zoo will be CLOSED tomorrow, New Year's Day, but will reopen at 5pm for Zoolumination.

Nashville Zoo is CLOSED today for Christmas, but will reopen tonight at 5pm for Zoolumination. From all of us, to all of...
12/25/2023

Nashville Zoo is CLOSED today for Christmas, but will reopen tonight at 5pm for Zoolumination. From all of us, to all of you, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Thank you Tennessee Association of Museums for the shout out and the love! You only have until December 31 to see these ...
12/23/2023

Thank you Tennessee Association of Museums for the shout out and the love! You only have until December 31 to see these amazing collections pieces, and the Croft House all decked out in Christmas decorations, before they're all put away for the year.
And just a reminder, Nashville Zoo will be closed Christmas Day (but open for Zoolumination!)
Merry Christmas to all!

Doesn't the Croft House look beautiful at night? Have you made it out to Zoolumination yet? We'd love to see your pictur...
12/02/2023

Doesn't the Croft House look beautiful at night? Have you made it out to Zoolumination yet? We'd love to see your pictures!!

12/01/2023

Have you made it out to Zoolumination yet? Here's a taste of what you can see, and this is ALL at the Historic Farm! Including Santa in the barn! Hope to see you soon!!
Get your tickets here https://www.nashvillezoo.org/zoolumination

We are extremely pleased to announce that we are one of the recipients of this highly competitive State grant! We plan t...
11/29/2023

We are extremely pleased to announce that we are one of the recipients of this highly competitive State grant! We plan to completely rebuild and reinforce the historic upper and lower back porches of the Croft House starting next spring. Thank you to the Tennessee General Assembly for providing funding for so many worthwhile projects across the state, including ours. We are deeply grateful.

The Tennessee State Museum has granted out $5 million to Tennessee museums and historic sites throughout the state for capital improvements and maintenance. The funding came from monies the Tennessee General Assembly made available in the 2023-2024 Appropriations Act, “for the sole purpose of providing grants to museums with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or affiliated with a governmental entity for capital maintenance and improvements." In total, the Tennessee State Museum received 170 applications, totaling $12.5M in funding requests for the $5M appropriation. The Museum made full or partial awards to 108 museums across the state, representing 58 counties. More information, including a complete list of grantees, counties and amounts, can be found in our press release here: https://bit.ly/40XJTar

Huge thanks to the American Caroling Co. for spreading some Christmas cheer today! It was great weather and great crowds...
11/25/2023

Huge thanks to the American Caroling Co. for spreading some Christmas cheer today! It was great weather and great crowds! And one little fan brought her stuffed Rudolph and her own jingle bells to join in on the fun! 😊🎄

Join us TODAY from 12-2 as we welcome carolers from the American Caroling Company!
11/25/2023

Join us TODAY from 12-2 as we welcome carolers from the American Caroling Company!

So many things to be thankful for! From all of us, to all of you, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! As a reminder, ...
11/22/2023

So many things to be thankful for! From all of us, to all of you, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! As a reminder, Nashville Zoo will be CLOSED Thanksgiving Day, but will open at 5pm for Zoolumination. What a great way to walk off all that pie! 😉

🎶 It's beginning to look a lot like 🎄🎄🎄🎶Our elves have been busy this week decorating for Christmas! Stop by and see the...
11/16/2023

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Our elves have been busy this week decorating for Christmas! Stop by and see the festiveness and learn a little about the origins of some of our favorite Christmas traditions!

Happy Veteran's Day weekend! Thank you to all who have and are currently serving. In appreciation for your service, we a...
11/11/2023

Happy Veteran's Day weekend! Thank you to all who have and are currently serving. In appreciation for your service, we are proud to offer Military Appreciation Day, presented by Regions Bank, tomorrow, Sunday Nov. 12. We welcome all veterans and active-duty service members and their immediate families with free admission to the zoo with proof of service. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
*Normal parking fee will still apply*

Nashville Zoo is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Your donations and visits support our mission to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership.

Please join us on Sunday for Military Appreciation Day!
11/08/2023

Please join us on Sunday for Military Appreciation Day!

Join us this Sunday (11/12) for Military Appreciation Day, presented by Regions! In honor of their bravery and service, any current military personnel, veterans, and their immediate families with a proper ID will receive FREE admission.

Advance reservations are not required for folks taking advantage of this deal. See all the details → www.nashvillezoo.org/upcoming-events/event/military-day

Yesterday, Contact Area Supervisor and Nashville Zoo Pollinator Team member Megan Cohn was able to capture and tag a mig...
10/24/2023

Yesterday, Contact Area Supervisor and Nashville Zoo Pollinator Team member Megan Cohn was able to capture and tag a migrating Monarch butterfly at the Historic Farm. Nashville Zoo participates in The Association of Zoos and Aquariums SAFE program (Saving Animals From Extinction,) and Monarch Watch, and tagging Monarchs helps monitor the migration process, including origins, timing and geographic distribution. Nashville Zoo's Pollinator Team successfully assisted with the emergence of several Monarch butterflies from chrysalis' over the summer, and tagging this Monarch is a wonderful full circle moment in our program!

Boo at the Zoo starts tonight! The Croft House will be open nightly with our "Dying Traditions and Superstitions" tour. ...
10/13/2023

Boo at the Zoo starts tonight! The Croft House will be open nightly with our "Dying Traditions and Superstitions" tour. Did you ever wonder why black is the traditional color worn to a funeral? Or how the tradition of sending flowers started? Take the tour and find out!

Tours are FREE and included in Boo at the Zoo admission but require a timed ticket. Look for the ticket table on the Festival Field. Tours are every half hour, from 5:30-8:00 nightly.
We can't wait to see you!

It was a great day for a picnic at the Historic Farm! And our new friends were joined by some fun friends who are gettin...
10/12/2023

It was a great day for a picnic at the Historic Farm! And our new friends were joined by some fun friends who are getting ready for Zoolumination 🦌🐻

Come see our newest additions!! 🥰
10/04/2023

Come see our newest additions!! 🥰

September is Heritage Donkey Month, and we'd like to introduce you to our Sicilian donkeys, Sophia, Blanche and Stanley!...
09/18/2023

September is Heritage Donkey Month, and we'd like to introduce you to our Sicilian donkeys, Sophia, Blanche and Stanley! Stanley is Blanche's offspring, and Sophia has a long, shaggier coat. All three are housed at the Historic Farm, often sharing a pasture with miniature horse Stormy.

There are three breeds of heritage donkey breeds recognized by the The Livestock Conservancy - American Mammoth Jackstock, Poitou, and Miniature donkeys, including the Sicilian donkey, first imported to the US in the mid 1920s from Italy. Miniature donkeys are listed as Watch on the Conservation Priority List, meaning they have a limited genetic or numerical presence, a limited geographical distribution, or a global population of fewer than 10,000.

Nashville Zoo is proud to exhibit these cuties, and educate our guests about endangered species, both exotic and domestic! Come say hi to our trio soon!

09/08/2023

TONIGHT is our premiere fundraiser, Sunset Safari! In order to prepare for the event, the zoo will CLOSE at 2pm today. We hope to see you tonight!

Nashville Zoo's premiere fund raiser, Sunset Safari, is THIS Friday! In order to prepare for the event, the zoo will CLO...
09/05/2023

Nashville Zoo's premiere fund raiser, Sunset Safari, is THIS Friday! In order to prepare for the event, the zoo will CLOSE at 2pm on Friday.

Want to join in on the fun? This event brings together over 40 Nashville-area restaurants for a night of culinary excellence, complimentary beer and wine, cocktail and spirits tastings, live entertainment and plenty of animal friends! You can still get tickets here https://www.nashvillezoo.org/sunset-safari?keyword=Sunset%20Safari

Can't join us in person? Then check out our online silent auction, open to everyone! Bidding is open through Sept 8 at 10:30pm https://pages.snwbll.com/auction/m_sS8rESmV39ksHcoBFDhXXg/sunset-safari-silent-auction

Sunset Safari is our annual celebration in support of Nashville Zoo. Spend a memorable evening enjoying food and drinks from the city’s best restaurants, live entertainment and special animal hosts.

Saying goodbye to old friends can be hard. :( Today we say goodbye to one of our oldest trees at the Historic Farm. It i...
08/23/2023

Saying goodbye to old friends can be hard. :( Today we say goodbye to one of our oldest trees at the Historic Farm. It is dying and is a hazard to the Croft House if it were to fall. It hurts our hearts to have to take it down. But sometimes you have to make those hard decisions.
Goodbye, old friend. Thank you for all the shade, color, and joy you've given us, and the Croft family, over the years.

Address

Nashville Zoo At Grassmere, 3777 Nolensville Road
Nashville, TN
37211

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm
Friday 9am - 4pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm

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(615) 833-1534

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Why Is There a House in the Middle of a Zoo?

The real question is, why is there a zoo around a house! Built in 1810 and owned by 5 generations of the same family, the Croft House and Grassmere Historic Farm sit as the centerpiece of the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. 5th generation owners Margaret and Elise Croft, never-married sisters, loved animals, nature, and their ancestral home and land. In the 1960’s, Nashville’s growth and development threatened the 300 acre farm they so dearly loved. They entered into an agreement with the Nashville Children’s Museum (today known as the Adventure Science Center) that insured the land would remain a “nature study center” for years to come, educating the people of Nashville about the animals they held dear. Nashville Zoo began managing the property in 1997, continuing to honor the wishes of the Croft sisters. Thanks to their vision, Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is on track to become one of the top zoos in the country, seeing a million visitors annually, and educating guests about animals, habitats, conservation and the environment, just at Margaret and Elise wished.

The Croft House is open for tours seasonally, showcasing many original pieces of furniture, artwork, china, clothing and family photos, and detailing the story of the Dunn, Shute and Croft families. Guided tours, tours aimed at children, and self-guided style tours are offered daily. For information on when tours are available, visit https://www.nashvillezoo.org/guided-tours#house. Tours are included with zoo admission. The Historic Farm grounds, which include a garden, original outbuildings and a livestock barn with heritage breeds of cattle and sheep, are open daily.

Website: http://nashvillezoo.org/historic-home Nashville Zoo Mission: To inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership. Grassmere Historic Farm Mission: To preserve and interpret the Croft House and Grassmere Historic Farm, in order to enrich and inspire our visitors, and to educate them on the past, present and future of the property known as the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere.


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