Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House The Croft House will open for daily tours on March 13. The 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.

This weekend is our 5th annual Teddy Bear Clinic to be held at our HCA Healthcare Veterinary Center! Have a stuffed frie...
02/29/2020

This weekend is our 5th annual Teddy Bear Clinic to be held at our HCA Healthcare Veterinary Center! Have a stuffed friend who needs some TLC, or just needing a check-up? Bring them up to the hospital between 10am-3pm Saturday and Sunday, where our highly qualified veterinarian staff will check them out and make sure they're healthy and happy! We'll have crafts, a photo booth, animal artifacts and animal presentations to keep you entertained while you wait. We can't wait to see you and your fuzzy friends!

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House's cover photo
02/27/2020

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House's cover photo

Maude Morton Webb (1909-1970), daughter of Frank Morton, lived in a cabin near today's Wilderness Express train ride wit...
02/20/2020

Maude Morton Webb (1909-1970), daughter of Frank Morton, lived in a cabin near today's Wilderness Express train ride with her husband Henderson "Shorty" Webb. Maude was Margaret and Elise's cook, and helped with housework. We love this photo of her, caught by surprise, in the warming room of the Croft House, when it was used as a kitchenette. There is no date on the photo but we believe it is sometime in the early 1960s.

Stormy wants to know.... ❤❤❤📷 by keeper Dakota
02/14/2020

Stormy wants to know.... ❤❤❤
📷 by keeper Dakota

From 2003 when Nashville got 7" of snow
02/10/2020

From 2003 when Nashville got 7" of snow

Tonight the zoo celebrated all of our wonderful volunteers. But there was one extra special volunteer who was recognized...
02/10/2020

Tonight the zoo celebrated all of our wonderful volunteers. But there was one extra special volunteer who was recognized for her 20 years of volunteerism! Miss Dee has volunteered regularly at the Croft House for many years...so often that Wednesdays during the summers are affectionately known as "DeeDay!" Please join us in showing Miss Dee our heart felt thanks, and congratulating her for her dedication, passion, and love of the zoo and the Croft House. We love you Dee!

02/08/2020

Just a reminder, the zoo will close at 1pm today to prepare for the ZooRunRun! Who's running (or walking!) today?

Frank Morton (L) and his son Albert, ca. 1957
02/04/2020

Frank Morton (L) and his son Albert, ca. 1957

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House's cover photo
02/04/2020

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House's cover photo

It's the last weekend for Zoolumination!! Tonight through Sunday is your last chance to see these amazing lights and lan...
01/30/2020

It's the last weekend for Zoolumination!! Tonight through Sunday is your last chance to see these amazing lights and lanterns, and experience the zoo in a whole new light! We'll have the house open each night for one more walk through until we re-open in the spring. Come see us!!

01/23/2020
The Story Behind Zoolumination

There are only 2 weeks left of Zoolumination! Have you made it out to see this amazing event? Here's a great behind-the-scenes video of the process and what it took to bring it to Nashville. The Historic Home is still open each night! And this Saturday we'll be celebrating the Chinese New Year, with special programs and performances. Happy Year of the Rat!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7SadOoGnVI

See how we brought the country's largest Chinese lantern festival to Nashville this winter!

#waybackwednesday to 4 years ago, when we got some REAL snow! Who remembers?
01/22/2020

#waybackwednesday to 4 years ago, when we got some REAL snow! Who remembers?

Do you feel helpless, like us, and want to do something to help? The link below will show you where you can give directl...
01/16/2020

Do you feel helpless, like us, and want to do something to help? The link below will show you where you can give directly. And when you visit the zoo, you can round up your retail and concession purchases to the nearest dollar amount; that extra amount will also be sent as well. We're proud to be able to help in this global crisis that will have lasting repercussions for many, many years to come. :'(

Nashville Zoo is sending $30,000 to support Australia's efforts to rescue and protect wildlife affected by the devastating wildfires. Additionally, the Zoo is committing all funds donated to our 2020 guest donation program, "Round Up for Conservation," which received almost $30,000 in 2019.

“We’re deeply saddened by what’s happening to the wildlife and habitats in Australia,” said Rick Schwartz, Nashville Zoo President and CEO. “We feel a moral obligation to help the ongoing efforts and encourage others to show their support as well.”

Learn where to send donations ➡️ https://www.nashvillezoo.org/our-blog/posts/nashville-zoo-to-provide-support-to-australian-wildfire-relief-efforts

01/11/2020
Nashville AAZK

Best steer enrichment ever!!

Need help getting your tree out of your house? I think we have someone you can call. 📷 Contact Keeper @kotakeeper

01/09/2020

Happy New Year! Did you know the Croft House is open nightly during Zoolumination? Thursday through Sunday, through February 2! Our daily tours will start back up on March 13. Hope to see you at the farm!

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House's cover photo
12/28/2019

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House's cover photo

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House
12/28/2019

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House

This is our last weekend of daytime Croft House Christmas tours!! It's going to be a gorgeous weekend, come and see us!!...
12/19/2019

This is our last weekend of daytime Croft House Christmas tours!! It's going to be a gorgeous weekend, come and see us!! Tours are from 10am-3pm Saturday and Sunday.

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House's cover photo
12/19/2019

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House's cover photo

We were sad to learn of the passing of Bob Mather, past president of the Master Gardeners of Davidson County and a huge ...
12/17/2019
Obituary for Robert "Bob" James Mather at Woodfin Funeral Chapel - Murfreesboro

We were sad to learn of the passing of Bob Mather, past president of the Master Gardeners of Davidson County and a huge supporter of the Grassmere gardens. He was always willing to help out on projects, helped to lead some of our Gardening with the Masters classes, and was just a good person. He will be missed.
https://www.woodfinchapel.com/obituary/robert-bob-mather

Robert Bob James Mather, age 68, of Franklin, TN, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 14, 2019. A native of Springfield, MO, he was the son of the late James and Betty Lee Miewswinkel Mather. A Graveside Service will be Friday at 100 p.m. in Roselawn Memorial

We love our docents for their dedication and passion to Nashville Zoo, but we also love them for their big hearts ❤
12/10/2019

We love our docents for their dedication and passion to Nashville Zoo, but we also love them for their big hearts ❤

Volunteers helping volunteers! The Docents of Nashville Zoo used their annual holiday party to do MORE good and collected socks, hats and gloves for UniCycle!

Docents have extensive training and commit to a minimum of 70 hours of volunteering per year to deliver informal educational programs to zoo visitors about animals, conservation and the environment. Obviously a group of big-hearted folks. We appreciate them, and if you’re one of the schools who’s requested boxes of coats and cold weather gear recently, expect some fun extras in your goody boxes next week!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at the Grassmere Historic Farm and Nashville Zoo. We're thankful for your support...
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at the Grassmere Historic Farm and Nashville Zoo. We're thankful for your support and your friendship! Have a wonderful holiday! And as a reminder, the zoo, and Zoolumination, are closed for the day. We'll reopen on Friday, and Christmas tours at the Croft House start Saturday! Now someone pass the pie....

Do we look any different?  #10yearchallenge #nashvillezoo
11/25/2019

Do we look any different? #10yearchallenge #nashvillezoo

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House
11/20/2019

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House's cover photo
11/20/2019

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House's cover photo

Have you made it out to #zoolumination yet? Be sure to stop by and see the Historic Farm in a whole new light (pun inten...
11/17/2019

Have you made it out to #zoolumination yet? Be sure to stop by and see the Historic Farm in a whole new light (pun intended!) And the Croft House will be open every night, showing off our holiday decorations inside!

11/15/2019
Nashville AAZK

Who else besides Sophia is happy it's Friday?? 😁

Someone is excited it’s Friday!! 📷 @kotakeeper

We got a little dusting of snow last night, just enough to make Santa's helpers feel a little more at home! #Zooluminati...
11/12/2019

We got a little dusting of snow last night, just enough to make Santa's helpers feel a little more at home! #Zoolumination opens THIS Friday! Who's excited??

Margaret and Elise's uncle Holland Tigert served with the Vanderbilt Hospital Unit in France during WWI. He later was a ...
11/11/2019

Margaret and Elise's uncle Holland Tigert served with the Vanderbilt Hospital Unit in France during WWI. He later was a respected surgeon at Vanderbilt Hospital. Today we remember his service to his country. #veteran #veteransday

Have you been by the Historic Farm lately?? It's been almost completely transformed into the North Pole Village for #zoo...
11/07/2019

Have you been by the Historic Farm lately?? It's been almost completely transformed into the North Pole Village for #zoolumination! We're so excited to see it all lit up, AND the Croft House will be open NIGHTLY during the event! All the fun starts next week, November 15! And Santa himself will be in the barn nightly to hear everyone's secrets and wishes!

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House's cover photo
10/30/2019

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House's cover photo

It's the last weekend for Boo at the Zoo and our "Dying Traditions and Superstitions" tour! The fun starts tonight at 5p...
10/24/2019

It's the last weekend for Boo at the Zoo and our "Dying Traditions and Superstitions" tour! The fun starts tonight at 5pm!

We're ready for Boo at the Zoo tonight. Are you??? 📷 by Diana K
10/20/2019

We're ready for Boo at the Zoo tonight. Are you???
📷 by Diana K

Our Belties are in the Halloween spirit. Are you?? (📷 by keeper Dakota)
10/16/2019

Our Belties are in the Halloween spirit. Are you?? (📷 by keeper Dakota)

The Parade of Homes opens TODAY in College Grove and runs daily through October 27! We're so excited about this house an...
10/12/2019

The Parade of Homes opens TODAY in College Grove and runs daily through October 27! We're so excited about this house and how it turned out. It's stunning, yet still feels so familiar! We'll be there today answering questions and greeting guests.
Hatcliff Construction was awarded several awards for this home, including Best Foyer, Best Interior Design and Best Craftsmanship...we couldn't agree more!! Hope to see you!
**The kitchen is our favorite!!**

SWIPE 👈🏻to see photos of our @southernlivingmag Showcase Home. It is now open for tours for the next two weeks. I hope you all can join us as part of the @nashville_parade_of_homes ,
We had 6 Designers from across the Southeast come together and form the Dream Team! Not only did they help create a beautiful home, we all became great friends! It has been a complete joy working with them all!!!
October 12-27th #groveparadeofhomes

Builder: @hatcliffconstruction
Architect: @sailerdesign
Designers:
@ashleygilbreathinteriordesign
@sabbeinteriordesign
@hannondouglas
@becky_boyle
@betseymosbyinteriors
@kevinbearhill
#designerstakeonnashville
#nashvillehouseparty
@ The Grove Living

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House
10/10/2019

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House's cover photo
10/10/2019

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House's cover photo

10/10/2019

There's so much happening it's hard to keep up! Here's a few things you need to know:

TODAY is the last day for regular tours of the Croft House!
TODAY is the last day of the zoo's Summer Hours! We close at 6pm tonight.
TOMORROW (Friday 10/11) starts the zoo's Winter Hours schedule, the zoo will close at 4pm.
And....Boo at the Zoo starts TOMORROW night at 5pm!
Come and see us soon!

The Nashville Parade of Homes starts this Saturday! We're so excited to see the final touches of the recreation of our C...
10/07/2019
Parade of Homes: Builders, designers share visions of living in luxury

The Nashville Parade of Homes starts this Saturday! We're so excited to see the final touches of the recreation of our Croft House! So who's planning to go? We'll be there Saturdays and Tuesdays talking about the zoo and Croft sisters. Hope to see you there!
https://www.tennessean.com/story/money/homes/2019/10/04/parade-homes-builders-designers-share-visions-living-luxury/3835359002/

Five builders and their interior design teams are presenting their ideas of what luxury living looks like at the 2019 James Hardie Parade of Homes.

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House's cover photo
10/04/2019

Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House's cover photo

10/04/2019

Happy October! This is the last weekend for our seasonal house tours! Our last day of daily tours will be next Thursday, October 10. We'll be open during Boo at the Zoo for our "Dying Traditions and Superstitions" tour, plus we'll be open nightly during Zoolumination! Come out this weekend and enjoy the feel of fall in the air. See you at the farm

Join us at noon as we sing happy birthday to Margaret and Elise!
09/28/2019

Join us at noon as we sing happy birthday to Margaret and Elise!

Margaret and Elise Croft, approx. 1896
09/24/2019

Margaret and Elise Croft, approx. 1896

Are you a knitter, or do you work with wool? Are you interested in working with wool from rare breeds of sheep? We're pr...
09/24/2019
The Livestock Conservancy

Are you a knitter, or do you work with wool? Are you interested in working with wool from rare breeds of sheep? We're proud to be a partner with the The Livestock Conservancy and their Shave 'Em to Save 'Em program (SE2SE), promoting rare breeds of sheep and their wool! We'll be shearing our Cotswold sheep at 9:30 this Saturday morning, Sept 28, and will have 4oz bags of clean wool from our spring shearing to give out FREE to those who are signed up as a Fiber Artist with SE2SE! For more information on the program or to sign up to be a Fiber Artist, visit www.rarewool.org

09/19/2019
Nashville AAZK

When you don't have a tissue handy...

We find this very amoosing 😂🐮📷 @karamc3

Address

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

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00
Sunday 09:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(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 2007, 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 and the environment, just at Margaret and Elise wished.

The Croft House is open for tours seasonally, showcasing the 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 Open House style tours are offered. 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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This is me(I am Seventy now) being picked up by my Grandmother after spending several weeks with my beloved cousins.
Anyone know if there's a connection between Grassmere Shute's and John A. Shute of the Shute-Turner House in Hermitage?
The Croft House will be open Saturday and Sunday, Nov 10 and 11, for Veterans Day weekend and Military Appreciation Day. Tours will be from 10 to 3 each day. Free admission to the zoo on Sunday for active and retired military and immediate family. We would love to see you!
Thank you for the love, and the gorgeous photo!
The book that helped me in my recovery is now available to help others. I will be donating ninety percent of the proceeds to the Blood Banks of Tennessee that have furnished me with over twenty units of blood and saved my life several times.