The Pillars

 “The Pillars” (ca1826) was home to the politically and socially prominent Bills family.  The house once accommodated such notable guests as Andrew Jackson, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, James K. Polk, and Jefferson Davis.  The Pillars served as a military headquarters and a hospital during the Civil War, while trying to stay neutral in a war torn battlefront. 
      Bolivar’s oldest brick home was once a small Federal style brick house built around c. 1826-28 by Robert Murray, who sold it to Catherine Lea, wife of Saturday Evening Post publisher John Lea of Philadelphia in 1828.  A cousin of Lea, John Houston Bills, now a successful settler purchased the house 1837.  Over the next thirty years, Bills oversaw the expansion of the house in its present form and furnished it through buying trips to New York, Boston, and Philadelphia.  The home still has most of the original furnishings and paintings.

Hours: By appointment 
Location: 322 South Washington St., Bolivar, TN 38008
Phone: (731) 518-7148
Directions: Google Map Link

The Pillars Video (5 minutes)
This video was made by West Tennessee Journal host Dave Hinman in 2008.  The local historian spokesperson was Jimmy Stevens. The occasion was part of the annual Bolivar Historic Home Tour.

YouTube Video on "The Pillars"

YouTube Video

See What It Was Like Living During The Civil War in Bolivar

Real the memoirs of Evelina McNeal Bills Polk and experience life in the South during the Civil War.  Click Here

Woody Savage,
Mar 7, 2016, 8:09 AM