Originally completed in 1902 for the Robinson family by European craftsmen, this grand twenty-two room mansion was later named “Robincroft” in 1978 when listed on the “National Register of Historic Places” (#78002583). In 1995 it was purchased by attorney Richard A. Demonbreun as his personal residence and following a complete restoration he was awarded the “Metropolitan Historic Zoning Commission’s Architectural Preservation Award” recognizing “Robincroft” as one of Nashville’s most beautifully restored historic homes. Mr. Demonbreun now shares his landmark treasure by hosting private special events and accommodating guests at Nashville’s #1 rated and only world class Bed & Breakfast.
When opened to the public in 2000, Richard named and dedicated The Timothy Demonbreun House to honor his Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather Jacques Boucher Timothy Demonbreun who is recognized as the ”The First Citizen of Nashville” and “The Patriarch of Middle Tennessee.” Born in 1741 of French-Canadian nobility, Timothy belonged to that brave band of patriotic adverturers who encountered the hazards of a wild, uncharted country and its Native American Indians to lay deep and broad the foundation of civilization in Middle Tennessee. In 1769 he traveled by canoe from Quebec, Canada to explore the Cumberland Valley and discovered it to be an ideal place for trapping furs; hence, he began a mercantile trading post which extended his commercial activities as far as New Orleans.
A landmark cave near Downtown Nashville on the Cumberland River where Timothy initially lived to hide from the fierce Native Americans, as well as a life-size statue and street in the heart of Music City each bear the name of this learned Frenchman who served as an officer in the American Revolutionary Army as well as the Lieutenant Governor of the Illinois Territory while giving so much of his life to the founding of Nashville, Tennessee.