Nashville Off The Beaten Path

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    Colonel John Donelson

    by Yaqui Written Sep 15, 2012

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    The Plaque Reads:
    In appreciation of
    the services of
    Colonel John Donelson
    Born in Delaware, 1718.
    Died in Kentucky 1786.

    Distinguished in early life in Virginia as a civil, industrial and military leader.
    Member of the House of Burgesses, iron manufacturer, Lieutenant Colonel of Pittsylvania County and devoted vestryman of Camden Parish.
    Noted surveyor of state boundaries, maker of treaties with the Indians, and revolutionary patriot. Emigrated west in 1779-1780. A leader and "Diarist" of the settlers going by water in; "The good boat adventure from Fort Patrick Henry to the French Salt Spring on Cumberland River."
    Founder of Donelson's Station on Stone's River 1780.
    One of the commissioners holding treaty with the Chickasaw Indians near Nashborough, 1783.
    Member of "The Tennessee Land Company" projecting a settlement in the "Great Bend" of Tennessee River, 1785.
    Lost his life—supposed to have been murdered by the Indian—near Big Barren River, Kentucky, 1786.

    "Distinguished not only in the estimation
    of his fellow citizens, but more excellent
    at home in the family circle" (Putnam)

    Located at 170 1st Avenue North Nashville, TN 37201

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    Colonel Richard Henderson

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    The plaque reads:
    Founder and Promoter of the noted "Transylvania Land Company"

    Inscription.
    In recognition of
    Colonel Richard Henderson
    Born in Virginia 1735
    Died in North Carolina 1785

    Founder and Promoter of the noted
    "Transylvania Land Company"

    Whose purchase from the Cherokee Indians covered the territory from the waters of Kentucky River to that of Cumberland.

    His first settlement was made at Boonesborough, which failed in loss of title by action of Virginia.

    His second attempt at settlement was made in 1779-1780, at this place on Cumberland River, - then known as "The French Lick."

    He enlisted James Roberston of the Watauga Settlement to lead this project while he acted as commissioner from North Carolina to survey the boundary line between that state and Virginia in order to know in which state the settlement would fall.

    Early in 1870 Colonel Henderson joined the settlement provided corn for its maintenance, the "compact" for its civil government and a land-office for the sale of lands.

    Dissatisfaction soon arose as to the validity of titles, discouragements as to provisions, and danger from Indians. The life of the settlement was seriously threatened. Colonel Henderson returned to North Carolina leaving James Robertson in charge, who after many trials brought it to success.

    "Colonel Henderson was a gentleman eminently distinguished for his legal acquirements, both as an advocate and as a judge... still more so for a sound judgement as well as mental endowments... which made him an object of general admiration."
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    Located at 170 1st Avenue North Nashville, TN 37201

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    Murals & Historical Plaques~

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 15, 2012

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    If you choose to explore the city by foot like I do and I really enjoy it, you will come across some really unique murals and historical plaques. Take a moment and read one or two. You never know what you may just discover.:)

    Located at 417 Union Street, Nashville TN 37219

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    Chet Atkins Statue

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    This statue dedicated to a wonderful singer & musician Chet Atkins.

    Chet Atkins, c.g.p.
    Russell Faxon - Sculptor
    Presented by
    Bank of America
    January 12, 2000

    Located at 474 Union Street, Nashville, Tennessee

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    Batman Building~AT & T

    by Yaqui Written Sep 15, 2012

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    When your exploring the downtown area, just look up and you cannot miss it. Built 1984, at 617 ft (188 m), a 33-story skyscraper and the tallest building in Tennessee.

    Owned by Prefco XIV L.P. and built at the cost of $106 Million. Privately owned office building with one of the highest assessed values in Tennessee, the BellSouth tower in downtown Nashville is owned by a Pitney Bowes Real Estate Financing Corp. (PREFCO) limited partnership. Built on 2.7 acres and spanning 30 floors and a nine-level under- ground parking garage, the building houses the Tennessee headquarters of Atlanta-based BellSouth, which signed a 23.5-year lease that concludes in January 2020. The 10-year-old building was constructed at the corner of Commerce Street and Fourth Avenue and includes 690,297 square feet of space.http://businesstn.com/content/land-their-land

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    Fort Nashborough #2 Marker

    by Yaqui Written Sep 15, 2012

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    The Plaque Reads:
    Named in memory of General Nash of North Carolina, who fell at Germantown, Pennsylvania, October 4, 1777, in the War of the Revolution.

    Erected on the bluff near this location by the pioneers of the Cumberland settlement in the year 1780, as a central fort of defense against Indian attacks.

    Was the scene of many noted historical events, especially the Indian attack of April 2, 1781, known as

    "The Battle of the Bluff."

    This representation of the original fort was built by appropriations from the State of Tennessee, the County of Davidson and the City of Nashville through the patriotic work of the Tennessee Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the persevering efforts of the four Nashville Chapters: Viz: Cumberland, General James Robertson, Campbell, and Colonel Thomas McCrory.

    Erected in 1930, - the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the settlement of what now is the City of Nashville.

    Erected 1930 by Tennessee Society Daughters Of The American Revolution.

    Located at 170 1st Avenue North Nashville, TN 37201

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    Birth of Bluegrass

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 15, 2012

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    In December 1945, Grand Ole Opry star Bill Monroe and his mandolin brought to the Ryman Auditorium stage a band that created a new American musical form. With the banjo style of Earl Scruggs and the guitar of Lester Flatt, the new musical genre became known at "Bluegrass." Augmented by the fiddle of Chubby Wise and the bass of Howard Watts (also known as Cedric Rainwater), this ensemble became known as "The Original Bluegrass Band," which became the prototype for groups that followed.

    Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3A 209.)

    Located at the Ryman Auditorium on 116 5th Ave North Nashville, TN 37219

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    Oh, Roy

    by Yaqui Written Sep 15, 2012

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    The plaque reads:

    This bronze sculpture is dedicated to the love and friendship that was shared with millions by two-country music's greatest performers. Roy Acuff, the King of Country Music, and Minnie Pearl, the Queen of Country Comedy, performed at the Ryman Auditorium from 1943 to 1974.
    ~Sculptor Russ Faxon

    Located inside the Ryman Auditorium at 116 5th Ave North Nashville, TN 37219

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    Adventuer Science Center

    by gkitzmil Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Great for kids with lots of science adventures!

    From Downtown Nashville (West End Area)
    Take 4th Avenue South
    Go one block south of the interstate overpass
    Turn right on Oak Street beside the City Cemetery entrance
    Go about 500 yards and take a 90 degree turn to the right and then immediately turn left onto Bass Street
    Bass Street becomes Ft. Negley Blvd.
    Adventure Science Center will be on your left.

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    Plantation

    by gkitzmil Written Jul 22, 2003

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    Belle Meade

    Known as the “Queen of the Tennessee Plantations,” this 1853 Greek Revival mansion was world-renowned as a thoroughbred stud farm and nursery. Today, tours of the mansion, grounds and colossal Carriage House include guides lavishly dressed in period costume.

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    Texas Thoubadour Theatre

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 14, 2012

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    This is a free live radio show AM650 WSM a Midnight Jamboree. You never know who may be the quest.

    Plus there is a Cowboy Church broadcasted on Sundays live at 10AM.

    2416 Music Valley Drive Nashville, Tn 37214

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    Fort Nashborough

    by Yaqui Written Sep 14, 2012

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    This right next to the river front. A really neat place to explore, but be careful of all the spider webs.

    The plaque reads:
    The original stockade fronted on the river slightly north of here, covering and area of about two acres. In that enclosure, on May 13, 1780, representatives of this and other settlements met and adopted the Cumberland Compact for the government of the new settlement. About 500 yards west, April 2, 1781, settlers, assisted by dogs, drove off the Indians in the Battle of the Bluffs.

    Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3A 33.)

    170 1st Avenue North Nashville, TN 37201

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    Downtown Presbyterian Church

    by Yaqui Written Sep 15, 2012

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    From 1814 to 1955 this was the site of the First Presbyterian Church. President Andrew Jackson was received into the church in 1838. James K. Polk was inaugurated governor here in 1839. The building designed in the Egyptian style by William Strickland, architect of the State Capitol, was dedicated in 1851. When the First Church moved, the Downtown Church was organized.

    Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3A 78.)

    Located at 5th Ave N and Church Street

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    Marathon Motor Car

    by Yaqui Written Sep 15, 2012

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    The Marathon Motor Car was manufactured here 1914-1916 by Southern Motor Works (later called Marathon). Four models, all touring cars, were powered by engines of 4 cylinders, 30/35 hp, & 6s of 50 hp, with wheelbases from 9'8" to 12'5". The plant closed operations in 1914 due to financial difficulties but continued a parts & service business until 1918.

    Erected 1979 by The Historical Commission of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County.

    Located at Marathon Village 1305 Clinton Street Nashville, TN 37203

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    sam davis home

    by doug48 Updated Nov 10, 2010

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    1810 sam davis home
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    the sam davis home and museum is the birth place of sam davis the "boy hero" of the confederacy. sam davis was a confederate courier who was captured by union troops near pulaski tennessee in 1863. davis had union battle plans in his possession and was tried as a spy. davis was convicted by a union court and sentenced to die by hanging. union officers told davis that they would not carry out the sentence if he would disclose the name of the person who gave him the plans. davis replyed that "if i had a thousand lives to live, i would give them all rather than betray a friend". up to his execution union officers begged davis to devulge his contact. davis replyed "officer i did my duty now do yours". after the execution davis was known as the "boy hero of the confederacy". the sam davis home is an execellent example of a pre civil war middle class plantation and is a very worth while site to visit in the nashville area for students of civil war history. see the attached web site for admission and times.
    the sam davis house is located at 1399 sam davis road a half a mile east of n. lowery road in downtown smyrna.

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