Berry Farms weaves rich history into fabric of Franklins new development
By Kerri Bartlett, Assistant Editor
Berry Farms, a new mixed-use development is under construction at Lewisburg Pike and Goose Creek Bypass intersection. The property consists of 604 acres with a rich historical background dating back to the 1800s.
Imagine taking a stroll down tree-lined residential streets to dine at your favorite restaurant, grab spirits at the local wine shop and pick up your dry cleaning in one pleasant trip while getting a bit of exercise. Residents could get used to this at Berry Farms, a new mixed-use development currently being built at the Lewisburg Pike and Goose Creek Bypass intersection. The development consists of 604 sprawling acres rich to the 1800s with a direct ancestral line to the local Berry family tied with the property.
With a commitment to maintaining the historic integrity of the property, Boyle Development Nashville, a family owned company for over 80 years, is striving to provide Franklin with a modern community interwoven with authentic historical details and charm.
“The development stands out in its historical context,” said Shelby Larkin, marketing director for Boyle Devel Development. “All properties are historically accurate. The details are well thought out such as the placement of wooden shutters and other details reminiscent of historical Franklin. The neighborhood represents the new classic way of living with modern amenities while building a new legacy of the property.”
Some residents have already settled in at their newly completed homes during Phase 1, which is currently under construction. Phase 1 consists of the Town Center which is comprised of 11 commercial lots covering 70,000 square feet spread over four buildings and Hughes Mill, which consists of 53 residential lots. The first phase is projected for completion in June. Restaurants, a dry cleaners, and a wine store among other shops will provide walkable amenities for residents.
Homes range from $180,000 to $450,000 and up with square footage ranging from 1,000 to 3,600 square feet and up.
“As the development begins, it is only natural that the fi rst residential neighborhood embraces this history, so we named it Hughes Mill,” said Phil Fawcett, a partner at Boyle Nashville. “We really want residents to feel as if they are part of something bigger and to know that they are an important part of continuing the legacy of the land.”
Tyler Berry said, “This is a joint venture, and we are happy to be partnering with Boyle. The property has been in our family for a long time, so it was very important to us to stay involved. We are really pleased with the aesthetics of the property and the historic, classic architecture. We hope the surrounding neighbors are too.”
Phase 2 will begin in May and consists of the construction of 28 homes, a pool and a pool house. Although, the pool and pool house, which are already under construction, will most likely be fi nished in April.
Four builders involved in the residential construction are Regent Homes and Co., Celebration Homes, Ford Custom Classic Homes and Gregg & Rains Building Group.
“Berry Farms recaptures that great neighborhood feeling with a small town square and a rich community atmosphere that builds community connection which has been lost in many communities these days,” said Larkin.
BERRY FARMS BUILT ON HISTORIC
Berry Farms is rooted in the history of the Berry family. Avalyn Berry and Tyler Berry are direct descendents of Colonel “Buck” Martin who fi rst settled on the property in the early 1800s. After serving on Andrew Jackson’s staff in the War of 1812, Martin returned to his Middle Tennessee home, called “Rural Plains,” which stood on the Town Center site of what is now called Berry Farms. Colonel Martin convinced his sister Sally Hughes, and her husband, John, to leave Virginia to make a home for themselves on the property as well. The Hughes family built a federal- style brick home at Berry Farms in 1830. The Hughes family also built a mill at Berry Farms near the con-fluence of Five Mile Creek and the Harpeth River. The
mill, built of wood, was reportedly destroyed by fi re during the Civil War. Much of the surrounding land bore witness to the Civil War fi rsthand. At least three Civil War skirmishes are said to have been fought on the Berry Farms property. For more information, visit www.berryfarmstn.com.
Posted on: 3/15/2013