About Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center
Our mission is to collect, preserve and interpret local and regional art, and present exhibits of regional, national and international importance. History, arts, education, and community will remain an ever present commitment to the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center.
In 1973, Henry Ruyle was granted the land where Monthaven stands today along with 640 acres for his service in the Revolutionary War. As a working plantation in 1850, it was sold to Leonard B. Fite. Fite owned a large wholesale dry goods business in Nashville and decided to keep his residency in town, subsequently giving daily responsibility to the slaves that resided there and kept the land and home. On August 20, 1862 as the Civil War was in full swing, a skirmish broke out in Gallatin and the battle worked its way down the 10-mile corridor from Gallatin through Hendersonville and onto the property of the "LB Fitehouse." The union took over and turned the home into a field hospital where the slaves cared for and tended the wounded and those who became stricken with Typhoid Fever.
Now Fite was a wanted man! The Union put out a warrant for his arrest for the charge of recruiting for the Confederate Army. Fite evaded arrest and as the war ended in 1865 President Andrew Johnson gave Fite a full pardon. LB Fite moved to the new property to live with his wife Martha Campbell and family. They named the home appropriately "Liberty Hall." About 35 years later in 1888 after Fite and his wife had passed, Liberty Hall was sold passing through 2 or 3 different families as investment property until prominent Nashville resident Mont Bliss Comer, the VP of Washington Manufacturing Company purchased the home and remaining acres in 1936. Mont loved the home and spent as much time as possible on the premises prompting his family to coin the term "Monts Haven." Years after Mont's death, the family who had resided in the home sold the property in approximately 1986 to a development company who deeded the mansion to the city of Hendersonville with the stipulation that it will always be used for arts.
Today Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center exists to create a vibrant art, educational, and cultural experience for people of all ages and to maintain Monthaven as a Historical Landmark.