about the 1871 House

Located on the campus of The University of South, just steps away from the Sewanee Village, this beautiful historic home with charming, rambling feel is perfect for family reunions, vacation getaways, parent visits and other University events. The main home and cottage suite offer 4.5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, but guests can rent the cottage suite separately (1 bedroom/1 bath with sitting area and kitchenette). Complete with a fully stocked kitchen and a dining room table that comfortably seats 10 people. The expansive front porch is hidden behind large hemlocks that give privacy but don’t obstruct the ability to watch the local action on University Avenue. Six rocking chairs and a porch swing contribute to making this the ideal spot to take in the Sewanee mountain air. Amenities include wireless Internet, DISH TV and a stereo system that can hook to wireless devices. 


Built in 1871, this home is full of history. It’s rumored that John Wilkes Booth, who was reportedly captured and killed after assassinating President Lincoln, actually survived, married a Sewanee woman and lived in this very cottage.

Generations of Sewanee families were raised here (including that of a local priest and the original owner of Taylor's Mercantile), and countless undergrads have rented the cottage though the years.

Affectionately named "The Domain,” the University of the South campus is located on top of Monteagle Mountain. The area offers miles of trails for hiking and biking.  (We provide 2 bikes, and additional bikes can be rented at the nearby bike shop). The Sewanee Village is home to shops and eateries. Shop at the Lemon Fair or Taylor’s, eat at Shenanigans or the Tavern, and grab a coffee or ice cream cone at the Blue Chair. Ivy Wild and Crossroads, a bit farther down the road but still within walking distance, also offer fabulous dining experiences. Main campus is a two-minute walk and even shorter bike ride in the opposite direction. 






full house fee per weekend

We have a 3 night minimum to rent the full 4 bedroom/3.5 house in the off season and a 1 week minimum during the high season (summer and events). This house is available for University events. 


full house fee per week

The weekly rental rate changes depending on the season or event (ie. Graduation or Family Week). Please call or email for more information.




Cottage suite fee per night

The attached 1 bedroom/1 bathroom cottage is available to rent separately for University events. Please call or email for more information


cleaning fees

The cottage suite cleaning fee is $50. The full house cleaning fee is $150.





bedroom 1 (mastersuite #1)

1 King Bed and 1 Full Bathroom attached (shower)

bedroom 4 (cottage suite)

1 Queen Bed, 1 Twin Bed, 1 Full Bathroom (shower), Sitting Room (TV), Kitchenette (microwave, fridge, coffee maker)


bedroom 2 (mastersuite #2)

1 Queen Bed, 1 Full Bathroom, Sitting area w/daybed

Living Room



bedroom 3

4 Twin Beds. 

Dining Room

Formal Dining Room with table that seats 10+.





Wander around the 13,000 acre domain and stop in the beautiful center of campus crafted from the local sandstone and modeled after Oxford in England.  All Saints’ Chapel is a beautiful gothic cathedral with symbolic stained glass windows and beautiful arches. (Note: Sewanee tradition states that any undergrad who steps on the seal at the church’s entryway will not graduate.) Close by you will find the University Bookstore with a local writer's section as well as University memorabilia and college gear. The Sewanee Village shops and restaurants are a short walk down to the end of University Avenue. The Lemon Fair and Taylor's Merchantile are two not to miss (The Taylors were one of the original owners of The 1871 House).



Shenanigans is the local bar and the best place to sip a beer and sit on the porch. Occasionally they have live music and always offer some beautiful local artwork in the back gallery. The Tavern is attached to the Blue Chair restaurant. In addition to a great grill menu and beer they have Jackalope brews on tap and sports on the TV. (The couple who owns the Blue Chair are part-owners of the Nashville-based brewery, as well.) The porch is a favorite student and alum hangout right across from Angel Park. The Shakerag, the bar at the Sewanee Inn serves made from scratch cocktails, great wines and a bar menu that will keep you happy while you visit with locals in the cozy bar or sit on the back porch overlooking the beautiful golf course.






IvyWild, is a contemporary American restaurant located in the old dry-cleaning building. The Blue Chair Café and Tavern is a great place for a morning lattes or Jackalope in the evenings it offers a full breakfast menu + a grill menu in the evenings. The Sewanee Inn’s eighteen58 restaurant has a great breakfast/brunch and the Sewanee Inn's Sunday brunch is great for Mother's day or other special events. The Crossroads Café offers an authentic Singaporean menu to mix things up. McClurg student dining hall is a favorite of our kids. Walking distance from the house this dining option has cafeteria fare that is elevated by the University farm ingredients and locally sourced produce and meat. Mooney’s Market/Crecent Cafe has some delicious vegetarian lunch options.

Sewanee, It is so beautiful that people who have been there always, one way or another, come back.
— Percy


The campus consists of 13,000 acres spread across The Domain There are plenty of outdoor options such as hiking the 20-mile Perimeter Trail or a leisurely stroll through Abbo's Alley. Take your bike to the Fire Trails for some mountain biking or hit the Mountain Goat trail and head to Mooney's for some refreshments. The Fowler Center is a great rainy day activity with a climbing wall and indoor track. The Sewanee Golf Course is a beautiful 9 hole local course that will surprise you everytime with the view of the bluff from hole number 3.





For more information please contact me directly.  There are two different ways to rent this house. 1. Entire house- 4 bedroom/3.5 bathroom. 2. Side house -1 bedroom/1 bathroom. 






Check-in time is 3PM / Check-out time is 11AM

Upon check out please bag garbage and place in outside cans (with lids secured), dishes in the dishwasher, strip beds and leave dirty linens in hamper


There is no landline in the house. Cell phoneS work ok on campus. The house has good wifi access.


The house is available for University events and visitors. If you have questions regarding this policy please email or call.

Gatherings must be discussed with owner and the University regulations and procedures must be followed.




A $500 security deposit is required for rentals. If any damage occurs during your stay that deposit will be held for repair or replacement costs.


Bag and take out the garbage. There are covered garbage cans at the back deck of the house. Garbage is to be bagged in black trash bags and secured in the cans. 


The main house has a washer and dryer and you are welcome to use at your convenience. 



Please leave furniture in its original location upon departure. Linens, dishes, etc are provided but if damaged your security deposit will be held for replacement cost.



For reservations cancelled less than 30 days prior to scheduled arrival, no refund will be made if the home is not rented for the reserved period. If the home is re-rented, all monies will be refunded. No refunds will be made for early departures or if number in party decreases.



This property is a private residence and when renting you agree to indemnify the owner for any damage or loss to the property or its contents that occur during your stay. Violation of these terms will result in the loss of rental fees and termination of occupancy. We reserve the right to inspect the property during your stay. You agree to abide by the rules and regulations of the community and refrain from any activity that interferes with the quiet enjoyment of its residents.