By CLIFF HIGHTOWER
On Monday, the Rippavilla Plantation was protected by a conservation easement, which means it will never be allowed to be torn down or altered dramatically.
The Land Trust for Tennessee announced the donation of the conservation easement from Rippavilla, Inc.
“It’s something that will be in effect for perpetuity,” said Liz McLaurin, president and CEO of the Land Trust for Tennessee.
Rippavilla Plantation was constructed in 1855. The mansion served as a Confederate field hospital during the Battle of Spring Hill, a precursor to the infamous Battle of Franklin.
Spring Hill is currently seeking to take control of the 98.44 acre property. Last summer, the city set up a committee to look into this consideration. In November, the Board of Directors of Rippavilla, Inc. voted to donate the property to Spring Hill.
The Spring Hill Board of Mayor and Aldermen will vote on the donation approval in the coming weeks.
Part of the proposed plan called for the conservation easement to be put in place.
“Rippavilla’s Board of Directors are excited to sign the conservation easement that will preserve the land, open space, and our heritage,” said Corrine Tomlinson, chairwoman of Rippavilla’s Board of Directors, in a press release. “This easement also brings us a step closer to finalizing the donation of the property to the City of Spring Hill so that future generations will continue to enjoy.”
Any construction on the property must be approved by the Land Trust for Tennessee. A greenway may be built on the outskirts of the building with permission. However, athletic fields and public roads are prohibited.
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