Part of understanding a city means exploring its past. By learning more about the influences, attitudes, and traditions of the past, residents have the opportunity to embrace the changes while continuing to evolve. For those who want to connect with Nashville on a deeper level, it's time to check out the following historical monuments.
Part of coming to Nashville means learning about the charm and nostalgia of the Old South. In the 1800s, Adelicia Acklen was the wealthiest woman in the state, and this 10,000 square foot mansion was a testament to her status. This architectural feat was once part of a massive estate and has been restored to its original glory. Take a docent-led tour throughout the home to learn more about the role the home played during the turbulent Civil war and to enjoy and appreciate the artwork and stylish decor of a 19th Century aristocratic family.
Tennessee State Museum
As the largest state museum in the country and it's found in Downtown Nashville. You can enjoy all types of great exhibits from the Civil War Exhibit to the Egyptian mummy. The best part, you can get in free of charge.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
For a more straightforward (or boot scootin') good time, come to the Country Music Hall of Fame for a breathtaking visual history of all things country music. The evolution of country music is one of the most remarkable journeys of all time. From historic videos to meticulously detailed exhibits, guests have a chance to absorb the past from multiple sources. And for those who want something a little more contemporary, there are also live performances and satellite broadcasts as well.
Historic Second Avenue
This used to be known as Market Street and now is one of the many places on the National Register of Historic Places. You will find some of the oldest and best of the city here with over 50 properties.
George Dickel Distillery
For a less traditional type of history, come to the George Dickel Distillery to learn more about the process of making a truly tasty whiskey. In 1870, Dickel took water from the Cascade Springs to make this first bottle of whiskey, and his methodology is still being practiced today for all bottles of Tennessee whiskey. A tour of the home will expose guests to the operational distillery, the barrel house, and a tasting experience of several types of whiskey. It takes a lot of patience to craft a truly incredible whiskey, but the official tour will only take about an hour.
Historic Lower Broadway
Some of the oldest blocks in the city are found in the Lower Broadway area. This is home to many of the local honkey-tonks and most of the buildings are still intact. Some are still here from Civil War times and you don't have to pay a dime to see this area.
Historic Printers Alley
If you love unique places, the Historic Printers Alley is a great choice. This is an area found between Third and Fourth Avenues from Union to Church Streets. The alley used to be the Printing Capitol of the World and now it's known as one of the dirty little secrets of Nashville.
The former home of the Grand Ole Opry, this landmark had its days in the sun in the mid-1900s. The Country Music Hall of Fame may celebrate country music in all its forms, but this historical monument played a pivotal role in catapulting country music from niche to worldwide phenomena. Learn more about the auditorium's architecture and seating capacity, and why some performers would head to nearby bars to await their performance time. Visitors who listen carefully enough can probably still hear the screaming fans demanding to be let into this incredible venue.
This was the largest fort of the Union Army in the area during the Civil War. The fort provides a great look into the history of the area. There's an exhibit space, meeting room, outdoor plaza and multipurpose theater here and admission is free.
From music to whiskey to the Civil War, Tennessee has been a state with a truly colorful past. Visiting these historical monuments gives peoples a chance to celebrate as well as learn from the triumphs and mistakes that have led the state to where it is now.
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