Brentwood/Cool Springs Arts & History Community

The WSM Towers, Primm Park, Town Centre Players, Brentwood Library, Dyer Observatory and more.

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Boiling Spring Academy in Historic Primm Park in Brentwood, TN
David Mudd

Brentwood/Cool Springs has many interesting sights - and sites - to see and experience. Here are five attractions that help make Brentwood/Cool Springs the engaging community it is:

 

Primm Park

 

Primm Park on Moores Lane has not one, but two properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Boiling Spring Academy is a restored 1830 one-room school house, while the Fewkes Native American Mounds were established from 900 to 1500 A.D. and were excavated in the 1920s by the Smithsonian.

 

Native Americans left the mounds as relics of the Mississippian Period, and centuries later were followed by flourishing plantations whose owners educated their children at the Boiling Spring Academy.

 

WSM Tower

 

The 808-foot WSM Tower was erected in 1932 to broadcast radio programs for Nashville-based WSM-AM 650. The tower, also known as the "Diamond Antenna," is at Concord Road and Interstate 65 in Brentwood. Eight guide cables help keep the tower steady, and WSM still uses the structure today for broadcasts.

 

Towne Centre Players

 

This is the resident acting company of Brentwood’s Towne Centre Theatre, which presents six well-known plays every season. The Towne Centre Players lineup for 2010 has included productions of Moon Over Buffalo, I Remember Mama, Gypsy, Exit the Body, Once Upon a Mattress and The Hallelujah Girls. Plays are staged in a 102-seat theater in the former Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church.

 

Brentwood Library

 

The library has been one of Brentwood’s crown jewels since 1998, with more than 150,000 books, audio books, DVDs and music CDs. A large collection of newspapers and magazines is also available. Brentwood Library officials say they welcome about 1,000 visitors every day.

 

Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory

 

The hilltop observatory on Oman Drive has been in existence since 1953 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is capable of viewing the surface of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and craggy crater ridges on the moon. Dyer Observatory hosts activities such as summer camps, teacher workshops, open house telescope nights and special lectures with world-class discoverers.

 

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