The iconic queen of plantation homes in Williamson County, 

Meeting of the Watersis on the market for $4,500,000.

But then how can you even put a price tag on this priceless 1810 masterpiece nestled on 18 glorious acres?  Meticulously restored a decade ago by Joe Cashia and his wife, Angela Humphreys, the home is magnificent.

Its name comes from its setting at the confluence of the Big Harpeth and West Harpeth Rivers. And from its back porch, Cashia’s favorite space in the home, the view of the river, especially at sunset, defines peace.

Only the third family to own this piece of history, Cashia and Humphreys have put their heart and soul … and their checkbook … into preserving the past, yet making it home.  A livable home.

“I’ve raised three kids here; the house had to be livable,” said Cashia.  “They brought friends here routinely; it has been a great house for all of us.  We have a big screen TV in the den and it’s a comfy and homey space.  We’ve recently redone the kitchen again to make it less formal with more of a country home feel.”

Cashia was a serious antique collector long before purchasing Meeting of the Waters.

“I lived in a typical Brentwood home, but it was filled with antiques, particularly Tennessee pieces.  I had reached the point that I wanted a historic home for my antiques.  My friend, Robert Hicks, came to me and said he knew of the perfect home, Meeting of the Waters,” said Cashia.

And he was right.

The grand home was just that … grand.  Perfect for his pieces and with ample space to add to his collection.

He signed on the dotted line and began the renovation plans which began with plumbing, HVAC, electrical and all those behind the scenes necessities.  

The excitement came once Cashia met with Rick Warwick, Williamson County historian, who shared the history of the home and its families who lived and loved in the spacious home.

Cashia discovered the original paint colors, original stencils and wallpapers and uncovered and/or duplicated them.

The wall covering in the entry was first printed by Jean Zuber et Cie, France in 1834.  The paper was painstakingly recreated by specialists in New York.  Every room in the home reveals its origins and rich history,

As with many “modern” homes, this estate has a master bedroom downstairs and one upstairs.  Rooms are formal, yet welcoming.  The Best Parlor or Drawing Room harkens back to days of receiving guests for tea.  The dining room is centered by a circa 1840 chandelier.  The room is grand and designed for formal entertaining.

But the home and its lush setting is not restricted to formal occasions.  Many barbecues and casual affairs have been hosted throughout its history, particularly by Cashia and Humphreys.

And it’s not just the home that beckons guests; the gardens are a calling card in their own right.  Designed and installed by Williamson’s own Justin Stelter, they are magnificent.

Separated by pea gravel and populated by American Boxwood, the ornamental gardens are filled with a Southern plant palette of camellias, daffodils, daylilies, gardenias, hydrangeas, roses, tulips and vincaminot.

“The overall concept of the gardens is simply Southern,” says Stelter.  “We used traditional plants with great fragrance and color spilling from the beds into the pathways.”

These formal and very welcoming gardens are award winning.  Stelter maintains them, and beautifully so.

Historic outbuildings on the property are also meticulously restored.  One has been repurposed to house a wine cellar.

This marvelous estate has been lovingly cared for over its long history.  The stewards have been devoted to protecting its glory.

“We have loved it,” said Cashia.  “We loved the research, the meticulous restoration, the preservation of history, the years we have lived here with children, and now without.  We think it’s time for a new family to live here in this place full of life.  We have a home in St. Simon’s where we spend a lot of our time and will increasingly spend more.  We will keep a much smaller home in Williamson, but we have made the difficult decision to part with this place that is such an important part of our lives, and the life of Williamson County.

Meeting of the Waters

3200 Del Rio Pike

$4,500,000

Listing agent:  Steve Fridrich, Fridrich& Clark, 

Steve@SteveFridrich.com

 

Vicki Stout serves as SEM’s Food and Travel editor. She is also a freelance writer and public relations consultant. 

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