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Cold Springs School was built in May 1857 on land donated by Thomas Baskerville to be used as both a school and meeting-house. Early in the Civil War, it was used by Camp Trousdale as a military hospital. Many young men of Sumner County enlisted at Camp Trousdale.  There, in 1866, David Lipscomb organized the Portland Church of Christ. Landowners Jim and Bill McGlothlin gave the schoolhouse to the citizens of Portland for a museum of local history. In September 1975, it was relocated to Richland Park.

Cold Springs School is an historic display of the Highland Rim Historical Society in Portland (Sumner County), Tennessee. Over the years, Cold Springs School has served a variety of purposes, including:

  • A Civil War Hospital
  • A One-Room Schoolhouse
  • A Private Residence
  • A Farm Building
  • A Museum

Today, Cold Springs School has been fully restored into a one-room schoolhouse and is now located in Richland Park, just north of the Portland Public Library of Sumner County. The Library is located at 301 Portland Blvd, Portland, TN 37148. 


There is a wheelchair ramp at the front of the school.


There are no (and never have been) restrooms inside Cold Springs School.
There are restrooms at the Library next door and the Robert Coleman Community Center adjacent to Cold Springs School. When these are closed, there are restrooms in Richland Park.
From Portland Blvd, take America's Way, go past the first parking lot and up the hill. Restrooms are on the right, at the top of the hill, next to the playground.

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Exterior of Cold Springs School
Interior shot of Cold Springs School
Historic items on display at Cold Springs School
Exhibits on display inside the school
Historic photo of a class in front of Cold Springs School in Portland, Tennessee
Cold Springs School

301 Portland Blvd
Portland, TN 37148

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