Open houses for Brentwood’s Boiling Spring Academy will begin in person this year on Sunday, May 15 and will continue every third Sunday of the month through October. The open houses will take place from 2 – 4 p.m. in the restored 1832 one-room schoolhouse located in Primm Historic Park on Moores Lane.
For those who would rather take part in a virtual experience, the Brentwood Historic Commission along with Williamson County Schools partnered in 2021 to offer the Boiling Spring Academy 360° tour and virtual field trip. This virtual experience allows you to independently roam each level of the school building. Narrators tell stories about the items inside the school like a dunce cap, oil lamp, and the McGuffey Reader. As guests navigate outside, items like the outhouse and the Fewkes Site are visible.
Whether in person or virtually, this is a unique experience to learn more about important historical and cultural resources in Tennessee. Historic Commission member and community volunteer, Carole Crigger, said, “It really is a neat opportunity for a child to sit in a classroom, built in 1832, with no distractions and learn like children did back so many years ago. They just don’t get this experience in many places today.”
Primm Historic Park, the school and Native American Prehistoric Mound Site, 900 – 1500 (A.D.), known as Fewkes Site, were listed on the National Register of Historic Properties as site #80003880 in 1980. In 2003, the Primm family donated the two acres around the academy to the City of Brentwood. The City of Brentwood later obtained additional acres around the academy and mounds to buffer the site from future development.
You can bike or walkup to the schoolhouse using the greenway from Brentwood’s Crockett or Smith Parks. Learn more at brentwoodtn.gov/about-us/history/boiling-spring-academy.