Nashville has so much history

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When people think of Nashville, they often think of country music. But Nashville is much more than music. Nashville and the surrounding area is home to a wide variety of historical sites. If you are considering making your new home here, rest assured there is plenty to explore.

Nashville Licensed Realtor Susan Gregory would like to introduce you to a few.

Ryman-Auditorium

The original Union Gospel Tabernacle was built by riverboat captain Thomas Ryman after being inspired by the Reverend Sam Jones during a tent revival. Opened in 1892, it was not named after Captain Ryman until after his death in 1904. The Ryman hosted many famous names in its early years, including John Phillip Sousa, Edward Strauss & His Vienna Orchestra , The Fisk Jubilee Singers and Booker T. Washington. In 1943, The Ryman, now called “Country Music’s Mother Church”, became the Grand Ole Opry’s performance and broadcast venue until the weekly country music show overtook the location and moved. in the new Grand Ole Opry home in 1974. Today, the auditorium hosts more than just country music booking acts ranging from country and Americana to classic rockers and some of the hottest alternative and pop artists popular in the world. The Ryman is open for tours, and you can sit on the original wooden benches and maybe even stand on the stage to sing your own tune.

The Parthenon/Centennial Park

The Nashville Parthenon is a life-size replica of the original ancient Greek temple and pays homage to the city’s heritage as the “Athens of the South”. It was built for the state’s Centennial Exposition in 1897, celebrating its founding 100 years earlier. Located in Centennial Park, the location of the exhibition, which was later officially preserved as an urban park, the Parthenon is now a museum and houses the exquisite 42-foot-tall statue of Athena. Centennial Park has many other features, including Watauga Lake, the bandstand, and an arts center, and it hosts many festivals throughout the year, such as an Earth Day celebration and the annual craft fair. You can visit the Parthenon almost every day for a small fee.

Fort Nashborough

The winter of 1779/1780 was so cold that the Cumberland River froze over. This unlikely event allowed James Robertson to lead a group of pioneers across the river to settle in what was then known as the French Lick. Robertson’s party was attended by a group led by John Donelson. The two groups of settlers established Fort Nashborough, not as a military encampment, but as a fortified village to protect the Cherokee pioneers who were struggling against white encroachment. The fort was abandoned around 1794, but the settlers remained and the area later became Tennessee’s capital, Nashville. Visitors can take self-guided tours daily.

Rest of travelers

In a recent post, we shared information about some of the historic homes in the Nashville area. One not mentioned is Travelers Rest, the plantation of Justice John Overton, Tennessee Superior Court Judge, adviser to President Andrew Jackson and founder of Memphis, Tennessee. Judge Overton originally named his planting site Golgotha ​​because of the large number of prehistoric skulls discovered during the digging of the cellar. He later renamed it Travelers Rest to reflect the home comforts he enjoyed after his long rides as a circuit judge. Built in 1799, Travelers Rest is the oldest historic home open to the public in Nashville and welcomes individual and group tours.

Hermitage Hotel

The Hermitage Hotel, opened in 1910, is Nashville’s first million-dollar hotel and one of the few 5-star hotels in the state. Architect James ER Carpenter, a native of Columbia, TN, designed the hotel in the style he learned while attending the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He went on to design many luxury high-rise apartment buildings on New York Park and 5th Avenue. While the Hermitage Hotel has hosted many famous people, from US presidents to movie stars and sports legends, perhaps its most notable role was serving as a de facto battleground during the “War of the Roses”. “. In August 1920, Tennessee lawmakers prepared to vote on the 19th Amendment. As the last state to vote on women’s suffrage, all eyes were on Tennessee, and pro- and anti-suffragettes, politicians and the media flocked to Nashville. Many of these actors have set up temporary headquarters at the Hermitage Hotel. Pro-suffragette leader Carrie Chapman Catt moved into a suite on the third floor, while anti-suffragette Josephine Pearson moved to another floor. There were a lot of underhand dealings, with espionage and bribery. Despite prevailing prohibition laws, anti-suffragists even set up a temporary speakeasy in the eighth-floor suite, now known as “The Jack Daniel’s Suite,” where they served lawmakers with the famous whiskey. of Tennessee. Pro-suffragette forces wore yellow roses, while anti-suffragists chose red, hence the “War of the Roses”. Visitors now flock to the hotel for high tea, dinner at Drusie & Darr restaurant, wine at The Pink Hermit cafe and a glimpse of the award-winning Art Deco men’s toilets on the ground floor, which allow visitors of all the sexes to see the facilities.

With so much to see — and so much to love — in Nashville, the only tough decision might be finding your new home. Fortunately, Susan Gregory, a licensed and experienced realtor in Nashville, can help you choose the best neighborhoods — and you can count on her proximity to Nashville’s fascinating history. Call Susan today at 615-207-5600.

Suzanne Gregoire
8119 Isabella Ln Ste 105, Brentwood, TN 37027
(615) 300-5111

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