****Future Park to open
The future Windy Hill Park will serve the more than 1,900 homes and residents in the northern section of Brentwood which is in accordance with the Brentwood 2030 Plan for Parks. The land will be maintained by the City in its current state until it undergoes a future master planning process, with input from the community. The City’s goal is to turn it into a passive park, like Wikle or Deerwood Parks, with no planned athletic programs. The basic vision is that it will one day have walking and bicycle trails, a playground, and open field areas.
9135 Old Smyrna Road , Brentwood, TN
East side of Interstate 65 at the intersection of Jones Parkway and Old Smyrna Road
In May 2020, Brentwood City Leaders purchased the 52 acres of land located at 9135 Old Smyrna Road for $5.2 million, or $100,000 per acre, from the Sensing Family. Funding for the purchase came from a combination of the city’s General Fund balance, Adequate Facilities Taxes, and $150,000 previously raised by the non-profit group Brentwood Green Space for future park land acquisition and development.
The Sensing Family
The Sensing family operated the property as a farm for many years and it was known as Windy Hill. The other 40 acres of the property, which includes the Constatine Sneed Historic House, a pond, and outbuildings, is being placed into a conservation easement to ensure permanent preservation of all 92 acres.
“My parents and my sisters and brother and I are so honored to be able to dedicate this land to the future of Brentwood. For generations to come, citizens will be able to enjoy the green, open land thanks to my parents Lucy and Wilbur Sensing and their love of the beauty of God’s creation,” Ben Sensing, son of Lucy and Wilbur Sensing
"We have enjoyed the pastoral beauty of Windy Hill for the past 45 years and now are thankful it will be preserved for all to enjoy. We also appreciate the efforts of The Conservation Fund and Brentwood to make this possible.” - Lucy and Wilbur Sensing
Windy Hill was built by Constantine Perkins Sneed after his return from service in the War of 1812. True to its name, it stands tall and proud on a high point of land off Old Smyrna Road, between Wilson and Edmondson Pikes. The bricks are laid in a Flemish pattern. These bricks as well as those for Old Smyrna Church, were made on the place. Constantine's Sneed's parents, James and Bethania Perkins Sneed, came to this community in the "late 1790's" from Danville, Virginia, having a North Carolina land grant. James Sneed built the frame house which stands very close to Smyrna Road, just east of windy Hill, long occupied and still owned by the Constant Owen family (Mr. Owen was a great grandson of James Sneed). The house was vacant for many years but still stands as a symbol of the material and workmanship that went into it so long ago.