A picture shows what Two Rivers Mansion looked like in 1910. Historians believe at that time, Frank McGavock and his second wife, Clara, lived in the mansion at the time. Two Rivers Mansion still stands on McGavock Pike in Donelson and is one of the last of the elaborate antebellum country homes built in the Nashville area and is one of the earliest and best preserved of the ornate Italianate houses in Middle Tennessee. It was once part of a 1,100-acre plantation on fertile ground between the Stones and Cumberland rivers, thus giving it its name. David McGavock built it in 1859, just before the Civil War, for his bride, William Elizabeth Harding, but it was not finished until the 1870s. The McGavocks lived there for three generations. PHOTO COURTESY OF PHILLIP CLAIBORNE

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