The Emmy Award winning television show produced by RockWater, LLC

A Process of Preservation

There are so many things to seen on the Wild Side…too much for any one of us to take in completely. Which is why it’s nice to have people like Charles Brindley who are willing to spend time in nature, capture a moment, and then share it with the rest of us. Wild Side Guide Ken Tucker takes us to the Land Trust for Tennessee’s historic Glen Leven Farm in Nashville where Charles is working through his process of preservation, one that starts by spending time at this historic place and ends with the creation of a series of drawings, studies and paintings.

By the time he wraps up his Glen Leven project, Charles will have started on site and then finished in his studio roughly 40 pieces showing this historic property as it is today. He hopes this particular way of preserving this piece of our past and present for the future will become a model for other historic places around the world. You can learn more about Charles and his art here.

Charles is donating a portion of the sales of his art to help the Land Trust for Tennessee with its ongoing mission to preserve the unique character of Tennessee’s natural and historic landscapes and sites for future generations. This non-profit organization works with partners at the federal, state and local level to assist landowners, citizen groups and other interested parties to preserve forever the scenic and natural values of land throughout the state. Lands protected include private land, public parks and open spaces. Their main tool for ensuring this preservation is called a conservation easement, and it is an alternative to just selling the land for development. Click here to learn more about the Land Trust’s work and how you can get involved.

While Glen Leven is not regularly open to the public, the Land Trust for Tennessee does make it available for tours and special events. Double H Farms, a sustainable farming project of the Hermitage Hotel, also has a production garden at the farm. It too is a living piece of history…growing 19th century heirloom vegetables organically to be served up at the historic Capitol Grille. If you are interested in booking a group tour or special event at Glen Leven Farm, please email Katie O’Bryan, Glen Leven Farm Education and Outreach Coordinator, at or call 615-585-4515 for more information.

From show 2710