Armistead is a place where history, family, and community intertwine. You might wonder why we chose the name "Armistead" for this development, formerly known as Westbrook Farm. The answer takes us on a journey back to 1755 in Cumberland County, Virginia, where two boys, John Atkinson and Thaddeus Armistead, were born just months apart. They grew up as friends, and John eventually married Thaddeus' sister, Mary Armistead, in 1777.
Fast forward to the early 19th century, the Atkinson and Armistead families, along with several others, moved to Williamson County, Tennessee. They settled on neighboring farms, and their descendants continued to intertwine through marriage and community involvement. Two of these descendants, Jesse Armistead Short and his brother B.F. Short, purchased what would become Westbrook Farm in 1887.
Jesse Armistead Short never married, but his brother B.F. did, and they had a son named Jesse Edelin Short. Jesse Edelin continued the family tradition of farming at Westbrook. Generations of Shorts lived and grew up on this farm, and it became a place where family and friends gathered for holidays and weekends.
In 1933, the circle of family connections came full circle when Alma Carter Bennett, a descendant of the Atkinson-Armistead line through the Carter family, married Jesse Edelin Short, Jr. Their union reconnected two sets of descendants from the original Atkinson and Armistead families after 156 years.
So, why Armistead? Because it's a name that has connected our families for almost 250 years. It's a name that embodies the spirit of community, the importance of family, and the deep roots we have in this land. Armistead is not just a development; it's a tribute to the generations that came before us, a nod to the rich history that has shaped us, and a promise for a sustainable, community-focused future.
We invite you to be a part of this continuing story, to make your own history here, and to find your place in the Armistead community.