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A Brown County landmark, the Nashville House is renowned for savory home cooking, antique collectibles and gadgets, and old-fashioned hospitality. 

The first hostelry in Brown County during the Civil War, the original Nashville House was a two-and-a-half story wood structure, built-in 1859. Its floors were trodden by many visitors, from loggers to artists to travelers and residents. 

In 1927 A.J. Rogers and Fred Bates Johnson purchased the structure and property, which they remodeled and officially christened the Nashville House the most popular place in Brown County. 

Tragedy struck in 1943 when the building caught fire. The village firefighters tried vainly to quell the blaze, but the building burned to the ground.

Soon after, a new structure was conceived and constructed by the late Jack Rogers. Though the new Nashville House had no guest rooms, the famous home cooking and the old-time general store would again draw scores of visitors and neighbors. 

Andy Rogers, Jack's son, continued the tradition of the Nashville House when he took over the business from his father in 1959. As he added modern touches to the Nashville House, he made sure to keep the traditions alive through great home cooking and an inviting atmosphere. 

Andy had a great love for Brown County and the community of Nashville. He devoted much of his time to helping develop and grow Nashville as a tourist destination. Andy expanded lodging options in Brown County, expanded banking and lending options for residents, and provided shop space for artists and artisans. He and his wife, Fran, devoted their lives to serving the Nashville and Brown County Community by growing tourism and providing jobs for residents.

When Andy passed away in 2018, the Nashville House was closed while his estate was settled. The following year his youngest daughter, Andi Rogers-Bartels decided she could not let go of the Nashville House and all that her father and grandfather had created. She, along with her husband and children, have spent countless hours bringing the Nashville House back to life. Growing up in this building, she wanted things to stay very much the same, but hopes to add a few of her own touches as well, just as her father did when he took over for his father.

As you walk into the Nashville House the warm native woods and memories of days gone by surround you and welcome all who enter. The great stone fireplaces in the country store and the dining room invite you to sit awhile and enjoy your time here. Modernity has of course taken place in the back of the house for food preparation, but the Brown County flavor, discovered and nurtured at the Nashville House, permeates every nook and cranny.

The rustic dining room provides a warm, casual setting to enjoy hearty home cooking and those irresistible fried biscuits. The outdoor patio invites visitors to have a cold drink and watch the world go by. Local products including homemade jams, baskets, local honey, walking sticks and wooden toys cram the shelves of the Old Country Store. Oven-fresh breads, pies and cookies, candy, and other goodies are always favorites

You're invited to come in and sample Brown County tradition, home cooking, and hospitality. All preserved in the Nashville House, the most well-known landmark in Brown County.

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