Battlegrounds, Forts, Mansions, Museums, Nashville History

Nashville History is a rich vein of treasure. A Civil War battle was fought right here in Nashville with several more Nashville battlefields in the surrounding area. The more you look the more you'll find.

Several organizations have have been created to save the history of the area.  Plantation houses have been rescued and restored. You can tour them.

Battlefields have been developed into housing projects before the thought of saving them for historic reasons. Portions of them have been set aside and re-enactments are done every year to remember them.


Rock Castle - Home of Daniel Smith, pioneer, surveyor, treaty negotiator, secretary of the Southwest Territory, and U.S. senator. Daniel Smith died in 1818 and buried on the property. The Home is located at 139 Rock Castle Ln, Hendersonville, TN 37075-4522, 615-824-0502


The Hermitage - One of the most famous of the Nashville Mansions was the home of President Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States. Learn about his life story, stories about his farm and the slaves who worked and lived there. 4580 Rachel's Lane, Nashville, Tn 37076, Call 615-889-2941

The Battle of Nashville - Where is the National Battlefield for the 1864 Battle of Nashville? A part of Nashville History that can never be seen. There are now commercial and residential buildings south and west of the center of Nashville that are built on top of this Nashville battlefield. However there are historical sites related both directly and indirectly to the battle and the Union occupation of the city, but you have to look for them.

The Carter House was used at the Battle of Franklin as a Union Headquarters. It was less than 100 yards from the front lines had stopped many a bullet. Come get a guided tour while the guide tells the story in detail. There is a museum and gift shop on the site, so plan at least one hour for the visit.





Franklin Battlefield - South of Nashville off of Interstate 65 is the town of Franklin. Almost all of the Franklin Battlefield has become suburban neighborhoods and small business establishments. The few parcels which remain are fast being lost to development. The Battle of Franklin is a part of Nashville History because it leads up to the Battle of Nashville.

Stones River National Battlefield - A 650-acre national park and cemetery dedicated to preserving the memory of those who fought and died in this crucial battle. Go south of Nashville on Interstate 24 to exit 76. 3501 Old Nashville Highway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129, 615-893-9501

Fort Negley changed Nashville History - This Nashville Fort was built by the Union Army to defend against Confederate Army during the occupation of Nashville. One of the largest stone fortifications west of Washington DC which changed Nashville History forever. Located at 1100 Fort Negley Boulevard, Nashville, Tn 37203, 615-862-8470.

Nashville National Cemetery - The Nashville National Cemetery is located about six miles north of downtown, on Gallatin Road in Madison a short distance north of the Briley Parkway interchange. The 65.5-acre cemetery contains 33,258 interments, casualties of the Civil War as of October 1997 (the cemetery is now in closed status). Located at 1420 Gallatin Road South, Madison, TN 37115, 615-860-0086

Fort Nashborough - A reconstruction of the original 1780's fort near its original site. The fort was recreated by construction methods and appearance of the early fort. This was one of a series of the early Nashville forts. Fort Nashborough is a part of Nashville History and it is located in Nashville at 170 First Avenue North, Nashville, Tn 37201, Phone 615-862-8400

Fort Nashborough's Battle of the Bluff - April 2, 1781, a force of about 400 Chickamaugans warriors led by Dragging Canoe came to wipe out Fort Nashborough and the surrounding settlements.

Mansker's Fort - Also known as Mansker's Station Frontier Life Center, is an authentically reconstructed 1779 log station, which was typical of Mansker's first settlement. It is considered to be one of the most historically accurate in the nation. Located at 705 Caldwell Road, Goodlettsville, TN 37070, 615-859-3678

The Bowen Plantation House - was built in 1787 on a 4,000 acre plantation. This was the time in Nashville history when Indians were killing off settlers that was invading their hunting grounds. This 2 story home was the first brick home built in Tennessee. The inside of the house is restored back to its 1787 look. As you tour the house, there will be re-en actors there to explain everything to you. Located at 705 Caldwell Road, Goodlettsville, TN 37070, 615-859-3678

The Mississippians are known as the Indian culture that flourished in the southeastern United States around 1000 AD and after. Some of the villages date into the Woodland Period, which was the Period before the Mississippian time. In the Central Tennessee Region there are a few settlements that can be explored.

The Mound Bottom Indian Mounds is an Mississippian settlement that lies in a horseshoe bend of the Harpeth River to the west of Nashville.

Sellars Farm is another Mississippian settlement named after the last person to own the farm that the settlement was located on just south of Lebanon.

Pinson Mounds State Park is another Mississippian settlement west of Nashville along I-40 eight miles south of Jackson, Tennessee. The address is 460 Ozier Road, Pinson, Tennessee 38366-9626, or call 731-422-6530.

Old Stone Fort State Park is a ceremonial gathering place for the early American Natives that was built during the Middle Woodland Period. That would be about 1,500 to 2,000 years ago, which pre-dates the Mississippian Period. Take I-24 south of Nashville to Manchester. The address is 732 Stone Fort Drive, Manchester, Tennessee or call
931-723-5073.

Travelers Rest in Nashville, Tennessee has found remnants of a Mississippian settlement on its grounds.



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