Brentwood, located in
scenic Williamson County, is considered to be one of the most desirable suburban
locations in Tennessee because of its high standard of living, abundant
recreational amenities and its reputation for top-quality public schools.
city offers easy access to CoolSprings Galleria, the Nashville
International Airport and all the sites and sounds of downtown
first settlers came to the Brentwood area in the late 1700’s.
Much of the land was granted to Revolutionary War soldiers by
the State of North Carolina.
original site of business activity in the area was at the
Cottonport on Old Smyrna Road. The general store, the grist
mill and the post office were located there. With the coming
of the railroad and the highway the town center shifted.
Brentwood grew and prospered and by the time of the Civil War,
area was one of the richest in the state. The soils were
fertile and plantations flourished as was evidenced by the
stately homes built. During the war many of these homes were
used for providing food and treating wounded soldiers, both
Confederate and Union. By the end of the War, there were very
few farm animals or growing crops left. The war left its scar
on the economy and many homes and plantations fell to ruin.
Brentwood area recovered from the Civil War. In the 1920’s it
was rediscovered. Gradually many of the plantation homes were
bought and restored. As the Phoenix rose from the ashes, with
the construction of the Interstate in the 1960’s Brentwood
grew and prospered and by the 1990’s the area was again one of
the richest in the state.
Based on information by T. Vance Little, City Historian
The city of Brentwood was incorporated in 1969. The original
development concept for Brentwood was one acre homesites.
This has varied slightly over the years with the OSRD concept
(Open Space Residential Development) which includes all
acreage in a community to average one acre per homesite.
Community pools and play areas are very popular in our newer
developments. We also have three golf course
communities...Brentwood County Club, Governors Club and
Brentwood also has many specialty shops, locally-owned and
nationally-recognized restaurants and many business parks. You
will find these facilities on the north and south ends of
Brentwood with residential in the middle. This is the design
the Brentwood founders and leaders envisioned for the
Among our locally-owned restaurants, we have two members of
Wild Iris and Cross Corner Bar & Grill. We have every cuisine
type imaginable within our city limits. Two of our newest
restaurants are Local Taco and Sal's Pizza.
When you are ready to enjoy the great outdoors, we have
several parks…Granny White Park, River Park and Crockett Park
where you will find the historic Cool Springs House. We also
have the spring Historic Tour which highlights many of our
treasures! Don’t forget to check out the Brentwood Concert
Series every summer Sunday night in Crockett Park.