My dad had a thing about getting a photo of each state capitol, so Nashville was no exception.
The distinctive tower is designed after the monument of Lysicrates in Athens, Greece.
In Riverfront Park, on the bluffs high above the Tennessee River, stand a replica of Fort Nashborogh. The original wooden stockade, built around 1779, was about two acres in area and contained some 20 wooden cabins. This fort was essential in protecting these early settlers from attacks from Native Americans, who opposed expansion of the English onto more of their lands. The most significant conflict occurred in 1781 and was known as the Battle of the Bluffs; it is said the settlers were cut off from their fort until the women released the hounds, allowing the soldiers to escape to the fort.
As Tennessee was originally part of North Carolina, the fort and city were named after General Francis Nash, a Revolutionary War General from North Carolina who was killed at Germantown, PA. North Carolina's Governor later described Nash as "one of the most enlightened, liberal, and magnanimous gentlemen that ever sacrificed his life for his country."
The fort was rebuilt in 1930 to the original size, then rebuilt in 1962 to the smaller area, with similar walls and cabins. The reconstructed forts were funded by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The fort is open to visitors for free from 9am to 4pm daily.
the hermitage was the home of andrew jackson, 7th president of the united states. this beautiful antebellum plantation is a worthwhile site to visit when in the nashville area. jackson was a friend of napoleon and one of his busts is on display in his home. jackson is best known for his negotiations with the french over the louisana purchase and his defeat of the british in the battle of new orleans in the war of 1812. the hermitage is listed on the national register of historic places. a must see site for those interested in american history.
an excellent book about andrew jackson is, h.w. brands' "andrew jackson, his life and times". pub: doubleday.
this presidential statue of Andrew Johnson is located on the grounds of the Tennessee State Capitol building in Nashville.
It is free to stroll the grounds and see all the statues on this lovely grounds.
This statue of President Andrew Jackson is located on the grounds of the Tennessee State Capitol. It is not a tomb for him, he is actually buried in nearby Hermitage at his plantation by the same name.
Free to walk around the grounds and see this statue.
President James Polk and his wife Sarah Childress. They are sleeping peacefully on the grounds of the Tennessee State Capitol building in downtown Nashville.
It is free to tour the grounds and enjoy the park like setting.
alvin york was born in pall mall tennessee and become one of the most decorated solders in WWI. york led an attack on a german machine gun nest and captured 32 german machine guns, killed 28 german solders and captured 132 prisoners. for this feat of bravery he was awarded the congressional medal of honor.
andrew johnson was a tennessee U.S. senator and vice president under president abraham lincoln. after the assassination of president lincoln johnson became the 17 th president of the united states. johnson was a southern democrat and opposed the radical republicans over the treatment of the south during the radical reconstruction era after the civil war. the radical republicans tried to impeach johnson but he was acquitted. johnson was generally hated in the north but was well respected in the south. johnson is a very interesting political figure in american history.
the andrew jackson statue is located on the east side of the tennessee state capitol. andrew jackson was the territorial governor of florida and a hero in the battle of new orleans during the war of 1812. andrew jackson was also the 7 th president of the united states. jackson's plantation the hermitage is located about ten miles east of the tennessee state capitol.
james k. polk and his wife are buried in a tomb on the east lawn of the tennessee state capitol. james k. polk (1795-1849) was the 11 th president of the united states. polk was a planter from columbia tennessee and served as a U.S. congressman and governor of tennessee prior to his election as president.
this beautiful greek revival building was designed by architect william strickland. the state capitol building is constructed out of local limestone and was completed in 1859. on the grounds of the capitol are monuments to edward w. carmack, president andrew jackson, president andrew johnson, sam davis, sgt. alvin york, and the tomb of president james k. polk. in the interior of the capitol are exhibits from the tennessee state museum. the tennessee state capitol is listed on the national register of historic places. admission is free.
located across charlotte ave. from the capitol building is the tennessee war memorial. the war memorial was built in 1925 and honors solders from tennessee who lost their lives in WWI. the tennesse war memorial building is home to the tennessee historical society and the tennessse military museum. for those interested in architecture and history the war memorial building is well worth a visit in downtown nashville.
the edward w. carmack statue is located in a prominent position in the front of the tennessee state capitol. carmack was a former tennessee U.S. congressman and U.S. senator. carmack was also editor of the nashville american and was known for his feud with black tennessee journalist ida b. wells. in 1908 carmack insulted col. duncan b. cooper in an newspaper article and one of cooper's supporters shot and killed carmack. because of carmack's racist views a group of nashville citizens are currently trying to have his statue removed from the capitol grounds.
Historic Nashville hotel, opened in 1910, and has been the favorite hotel for celebrities, politicians, sports heroes, gangsters, and locals alike. The hotel lobby is beautiful, and absolutely worth a peek inside if you are in the area. The sunny verandah would be lovely for a wedding...
Just past the check-in desk, beside the staircase, is a wonderful display of memorabilia of the history of this hotel. Definitely check it out!
The Tennessee State Capitol, built from 1845 to 1859, is home to the state's governor and legislature. The original architect, William Strickland, died during construction, and he was placed in a tomb within the building.
On the capitol grounds you will find various statues and monuments. Most important are the three Tennesseans who became President of the US: Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, and James Polk; while Jackson and Johnson have monuments, President Polk and his wife are actually buried here. You will also find the Sgt. Alvin C. York Memorial, the Tennessee Holocaust Commission Memorial, the Sam Davis Memorial, the Sen. Edward Ward Carmack Memorial, the Memorial to Africans, and the and the Charles Warterfield Reliquary.
Guided tours are available on weekdays and start from the first floor information desk.