Gaut House (Shuff’s Music)
Built in 1829 by Thomas Maney, this house may be the most documented in the county. The court records, found during a trial in which Maney sued his contractor for failure to live up to his contract terms, describe in detail the woodwork style for porches, windows, stairs, floors, mantels, cellar, and garret. During the Civil War, this was the home of Sallie Ewing Carter, called by a Union soldier “one of the famous beauties in Middle Tennessee.” Sallie, widowed twice with five children, was a staunch Confederate, flying the first Confederate flag in town from her balcony. When Union occupation came in 1862, she put away the flag and took up spying, using her charming personality and cleverness to ferret out information from unwitting Union officers.