BY SAMANTHA HEARN
There are two dates left for the Brentwood Historic Commission 2016 open house season for Primm Historic Park, including the 1832 school Boiling Spring Academy and Native American mounds circa 900-1450 AD.
The next open house dates are on Sunday, Sept. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteer docents will be on hand to answer questions.
Primm Park is a 31-acre park that includes Boiling Spring Academy and mounds from the Mound Builders, the last of prehistoric Native Americans to live in the area. The Little Harpeth River runs through the park, and it connects to and acts as an entrance for the Brentwood Bikeway.
Boiling Spring Academy originally opened as a private school in 1833 and has gone extensive restoration over the years. In it’s early days, tuition was just $8 per semester. The school has two rooms, one upstairs and one on the main floor.
The Native American mounds are part of ceremonial mounds built between 900 and 1450 AD. They built ceremonial buildings and homes on top of the mounds and used one as a burial mound. The mound that’s clearly visible today was likely home to the tribal chief. The mound have been studied and researched, with some of the artifacts now part of the Smithsonian Institution.
The Historic Commission is also looking for individuals interested in being docents for Boiling Spring Academy. If interested in bringing a scout or other group during the open house season, or becoming a docent, contact Kathie Greaves at 776-2268 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Primm Historic Park is located on Moores Lane east near the Montclair Subdivision.
Samantha Hearn reports for Home Page Media Group. She can be reached via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @samanthahearn.