HISTORY OF THE HILL/COCHRAN HOUSE
- The original farmhouse and detached kitchen were built in 1835 and is one of the oldest homes in Davidson County.
- The house was situated on 1,500 acres that was part of a 1795 land grant from the governor of North Carolina to the Hill family (before Tennessee was a state).
- In 1950, the property was purchased by the Carmack Cochran family; Cochran was an attorney who headed the commission that drafted the Metro Charter.
- In an effort to preserve the design and quality of the original house yet restore and update the integrity of the structure, the Cochrans completely gutted the house to the studs.
- The restoration included all modern copper plumbing, electrical wiring and HVAC ductwork behind new solid wood paneling and sheetrock; all windows and doors were replaced; the three original chimneys were rebuilt with brick.
- The kitchen was connected to the main house and the original sleeping porch enclosed; back stairs and a downstairs bath were added.
- A steel I-beam was added to enlarge the living room, which resulted in a perfectly level ceiling.
- By the 1990s, the home had fallen into disrepair and a developer purchased the home and surrounding land to create Aberdeen Woods, an upscale development around the farmhouse.
- In 2003, the Curt Hahn family purchased the home; Hahn is a filmmaker and founder of Nashville’s Film House.
- The Hahn family undertook a complete renovation, preserving the original, historic elements.
- Key renovations included: opening the family areas of the floorplan, replacing the kitchen and all three bathrooms, and adding a screened porch.
- In more than 180 years, only three families have owned and cherished this magnificent home. Your family could be the fourth owner to carry on the tradition.
View more information about the home’s history.
Read about the home’s renovation in At Home Tennessee Magazine.