Get to know Fiddlers Grove: The Thompson-Partlow Cabin

Halls of History Fiddlers Grove Historical Village is keeping history alive, and The Lebanon Democrat is helping the cause by featuring weekly stories and photos on 10 of the historic buildings.
Jul 9, 2013
 Photo: Submitted to The Democrat

The Thompson-Partlow Cabin at Fiddlers Grive houses the Wilson County Century Farm Museum at the Fairgrounds.


The Thompson-Partlow Cabin was built from logs taken from Walter and Lucy Thompson-Partlow’s home. 

The house was originally built on the family’s farm on Holloway Road. 

The building currently houses the museum of the century farm families of Wilson County. Century farms are those that have been operated by the same family for more than 100 years. 

Wilson County has more century farms than any other county in Tennessee. The cabin houses a number of artifacts on loan from these farms.   

The building was donated to Fiddlers Grove by the families of Charles, Steven, Wayne and Rusty Thompson.

Fiddlers Grove Historical Village is on the grounds of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon. It is the mission of Fiddlers Grove to preserve the history of the citizens of Wilson County by preserving buildings, artifacts and oral and written histories. The village reaches out to the public through preservation, interpretation, exhibitions, education, publications and hands-on experiences to increase a better understanding of the history of Wilson County and its way of life.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the village were held April 17, 1991.

G. Frank Burns, a local popular historian, educator and publisher, named Fiddlers Grove. The name was chosen for one of the first settlers, Edward (Neddy) Jacobs, a legendary fiddler who often played his fiddle at his cabin at the town spring. 

To become a part of this historical journey and help keep the history alive in Fiddlers Grove, have a story relating to one of the buildings or for more information, contact Vickie Eads at the Fiddlers Grove office at 615-443-2626. The office is at the Agricultural Center in Lebanon. Self-guided tours are available Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.


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