In 1805, the land was sold to James Cryer, a Sumner County Commissioner who was involved in the formation and development of Gallatin in the late 1790’s. James Cryer’s development of horse racing was adjacent to this land. the first public race meetings in Middle Tennessee are said to have been held at James Cryer’s track on his farm located where Long Hollow Pike crosses the east fork of Station Camp Creek, and it is local tradition that Andrew Jackson rode in races there before 1790 when he was serving as attorney general and attending court at Sumner Court House, four miles west at Cryer’s place. Hardy Murfree Cryer was the son of James and Mary Cryer, and was at one time partners with Andrew Jackson in breeding horses.
Upon James Cryer’s death in 1816, his estate granted a widow’s dower to his wife, Mary Cryer. The estate includes the land on Long Hollow pike including a dwelling house, road and spring house. This is the first time a dwelling is mentioned. We do not know who built said house, but it was likely William Snoddy. Remains of a stacked stone spring house are evident at the spring below Maple Cottage to this day. Ned Douglass confirmed that there was at one time a spring house there. These are some photos of a log house that was on this property, about 100 feet from Maple Cottage, and was torn down in the early 1990’s. This is very likely the dwelling house mentioned in Mary Cryer’s dower. (These photos were given to me by Glenn Jones).
During the time that James and Mary Cryer owned the property, the War of 1812 took place from 1812 to 1815.
In 1819, Mary Cryer sold the property to James Stratton. James Stratton fought in the War of 1812 and the War of New Orleans. For several years, he was Sherriff of Sumner County. He became a prosperous farmer, and is buried in the Stratton Family Cemetery, which was on his farm. This cemetery is still there, about 800 feet from Maple Cottage, now located in the Liberty Creek Subdivision on Harris Lane.