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.
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