PHOTO: One of the eight homes being constructed in the Sneed Manor community. / Photo courtesy of William Owen
By REBEKAH JONES
Sneed Manor is not only a premiere gated community in Brentwood, but a historical piece of property dating back to the Revolutionary Era.
As previously reported by the Home Page, William Sneed Owen, a descendant of the Sneed family, spearheaded the development beginning in 2015. Flash forward three years later and all but one of the eight three-acre lots have sold.
“It was wilderness when my family came here,” Owen said of his family’s journey to Brentwood in 1798.
According to Owen, the original log house that his family built still exists within the updated home that they built later on, several acres away from the development.
Owen shared a fond memory of the result of growing up in such a unique, historical place:
“When I went to college… a bunch of us were out one afternoon and people said, ‘let’s go antique shopping,’ so we went to this antique store and everybody’s saying ‘oh look at these antiques.’ I was thinking these aren’t antiques…that’s the furniture that I have in my home that I grew up in. I didn’t know what an antique was!”
Owen, along with the rest of his family, decided to establish the development after a lot of thought and decided it was financially the best move to make.
Through the hard work, careful curation and numerous Planning Commission meetings, Owen said he learned a lot about the Brentwood community and their appreciation for history.
“I learned that Brentwood is a very exclusive, demanding community… it’s a demanding process,” he said. “And I’m not complaining about it… because of that demanding process, the property values have been maintained and were proud to be able to offer this property” to Brentwood.
Originally, Owenses requested to have one acre lots like many lots in Brentwood, but the city commission and residents of the city urged them to aim for more space.
“I learned that the city commission and the voters of Brentwood have the same value of this land that I do,” Owen said.
Owen said he is also very thankful for the partnership with Franklin Synergy Bank and the support they provided during the development process.
When asked what the most rewarding part of the development has been, Owen did not hesitate to answer.
“The most rewarding part are the buyers,” he said. “Our buyers have embraced the concept that we’ve had on building this community with the respect of the historical legacy that it brings with it… everyone has embraced the concept of what Sneed Manor is becoming.”
As he looks towards the future, Owen said he has a specific vision for what he wants to come next. He said that the family is retaining ownership of the Sneed Cemetery, where many of his kin are buried, and building a pavilion that will join the cemetery.
“We want to make this a memorial site where we can memorialize the founding of the Brentwood area and recognize… this is a rev war land grant,” he said. “We had several ancestors in the cemetery that fought in The War of 1812, Civil War, Revolutionary War, up until the present.”
Owen would like to have memorial events for the Brentwood community, although he is unsure when those will begin.
The last open lot will feature a home with a southern and western exposure. It also features a gentle rise in the land.
Sneed Manor is located on Old Smyrna Road in Brentwood, just north of the Brentmeade subdivision. People interested in finding more out about the last available lot can get more information on Sneed Manor’s website or by calling 615-405-5819.