Visit Historical Landmarks in Nashville TN

A little bit of advice for all tourists whether you’re traveling to a city for the first time, or you’re a frequent traveler. It is recommended to visit some or all the historical landmarks in the location you’re visiting. By visiting these landmarks, you got to learn the history of the place and its significant contribution to society.

Nashville TNs Important Historical Landmarks

Visit Historical Landmarks in Nashville TN

When you visit Nashville, more than visiting the city’s top attractions and entertainment centers, please do find a time to visit the city’s historical landmarks and learn from them; the amazing history and it’s important contributions in shaping Nashville to what it is in the modern times. Historic Nashville Inc. enumerated some of the historic sites and museums in Baltimore. Browse the list below and see if you’ve already visited them.

Historic Sites, Museums, Attractions

Historic sites and museums

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Adventure Science Center This museum opened in 1973 and contains exhibits on cultural history, the natural world, the universe, and health. It also has a planetarium. 800 Fort Negley Blvd. Open daily 10-5, Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving day, admission fee.

Belcourt Theatre Nashville’s Non-Profit Cinema dating back to 1925. 2102 Belcourt Avenue. Open 365 days a year, opens 30 minutes before the first screening of the day, admission fee.

Belle Meade Plantation With 5,400 acres, Belle Meade was a prominent stud farm and nursery in the horse industry until its sale in 1904. Beginning as a two story Federal style home constructed in the 1820s, the house was altered in 1853 with an addition and Greek revival facade. 110 Leake Avenue. Open M-Sa 9-5, Su 11-5, admission fee. Historic marker

Belmont Mansion This opulent 1850 Italianate house was a summer home for Joseph and Adelicia Acklen. Mrs. Acklen was reputed to be the wealthiest American woman of her time. 1700 Acklen Ave. Open M-Sa 10-4, Sun 1-4, Closed all major holidays, admission fee. Historic marker.

Bowen Plantation House Located in Moss-Wright Park at the Mansker’s Station Living History Museum, this 1780s brick home is one of the oldest in Tennessee. 745 Caldwell Dr., Goodlettsville, Open M-F 9-4:30, No tours between 12-1, admission fee. Historic marker.

Carl Van Vechten Gallery Fisk University. Originally functioning as a gymnasium, the first on an African-American university campus, this building was completed in 1888. It was renovated to house the art collection given by Georgia O”Keefe. 18th Avenue North and Jackson Street. Academic Year (Aug 14 – May 7): Open Tu-Sa 10-5, Summer (May 7 – Aug 14): Open M-Fr 10-5, admission fee. Historic marker.

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These historical landmarks and museums are recognized by Nistoric Nashville Inc. to have significant contributions towards the development and identity of Nashville. Some or all of them are also the favorite destination of locals and tourists alike. So if you’re visiting Nashville the first time, you might as well include them in your bucket list.

Nashville tourists such as Mom Blog Society also shared the different historic sites that they have visited and found to be awesome, entertaining and informative. Check out what they have recommended below and try to visit all of them while you’re in Music City.

6 Different Historic Sites To Visit While in Nashville

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Nashville, Tennessee, is chock-full of exciting and entertaining things to do, from visiting the Grand Ole Opry to the Country Music Hall of Fame. History buffs will find tons of things to do in Music City, too. Check out this list of six must-visit historic sites in Nashville.

Dating all the way back to the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, the Parthenon in Centennial Park is a replica of the ancient Greek building that bears the same name. This 42-foot piece of architecture is not only beautiful, but it’s also the permanent home to American paintings from the Cowan Collection. In addition, it houses contemporary artwork from Music City artists.

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

Get a glimpse into the life of former president Andrew Jackson by visiting his one-time home, the Hermitage. This home has been restored to its condition during President Jackson’s retirement years, which were between 1837 and 1845. In addition to getting familiar with President Jackson’s retirement lifestyle, you can also get a glimpse of a day of life on the plantation and the history of slavery as you walk this 1,120-acre landmark.

Tennessee State Capitol

From the day the first stone was laid in 1845, the Tennessee State Capitol was William Strickland’s crowning achievement. Unfortunately, he never saw the finished product, as he died in 1854, just five years before its doors opened. This historic building houses statues of many legendary Tennesseans, including Sam Davis, Sgt. Alvin York, and Presidents Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson. Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit the tombs of President James K. Polk and his wife, as well as the Tennessee House and Senate chambers.

Belle Meade Plantation

Just south of Nashville you’ll find Belle Meade Plantation, which spans 5,400 acres. This elegant plantation not only features an elegant mansion, which still bears scars from the Civil War, but it’s also home to eight other historic buildings like the Dunham Station’s cabin, which dates back to 1790. Step inside the mansion and take a trip back in time by touring the museum dedicated to preserving the Harding family legacy.

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Mom Blog Society mentioned the best historical sites in Nashville. Some of them, like the Tennessee State Capitol, have been there since 1845, as well as former President Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage where he spent his retirement years in 1837. In this house, you may also know the former president’s lifestyle during his retirement years.

Aside from the old historical landmarks, the mayor of Nashville is now proposing to include new historical landmarks in the city, and Allie Gross & Lily Williams wrote this story at Nashville Public Radio. Read more below.

The 14 New Historical Landmarks Nashville’s Mayor Is Asking For

It’s become a tradition for outgoing mayors to preserve some of Nashville’s historic landmarks: Bill Purcell did it, Phil Bredesen did it, and now, Mayor Karl Dean. On Wednesday afternoon, Dean’s plan for 14 new landmarks goes to a public hearing.

A landmark designation would give the sites the city’s most restrictive protection, requiring a permit for changes as small as adding a fence or repairing a window. After three hearings, it will be up to the Metro Council to approve the preservation of the sites.

The sites range from the popular Centennial Park to lesser-known spots — places people drive by all the time without realizing their history.

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Locks One and Two on the Cumberland River

Locks One and Two were once part of a series of 21 locks built to help large steamboats navigate the shallow, rocky waters of the Cumberland River. Constructed in 1888 to boost Nashville commerce, the locks were demolished in the 1930s and 40s when dams like Old Hickory rendered them unnecessary.

The US Army Corps of Engineers, which constructed the locks, has since leased them to the city, and they’re now used as park grounds. A run-down structure at Lock Two Park (above) is the old lockmaster’s house. Many locks in rural areas had these houses so that the lock operator could man the lock 24/7 for barge traffic.

Stone Hall and Eversong

Stone Hall was built in 1918 as Dempsey Cantrell and wife Nora Johnson Cartrell’s Donelson home. Architect George D. Waller designed the local limestone veneer home, which now serves as a historic model of Colonial Revival architecture.

Mrs. Cantrell, a published poet, would write her poetry in Eversong — a 20th-century log cabin that was brought to the property to serve as a guesthouse for the Cantrell residence. She also used the cabin to gather with friends and artists. Eversong is another example of Colonial Revivalism.

Now, Stone Hall is owned by Metro Parks and available for wedding and event rental. It’s also an entrance to the Greenway system. See full post here…

Nashville Mayor wanted to include more tourist attractions in their official list of the historical landmark the government recognizes. So when you visit Nashville, be sure to include these newly included attractions and identify as historic.

So there you have it, the list of Nashville’s most popular historical attractions every tourist must visit while in Nashville. You’ll definitely learn a lot about the city’s most important historical events. To know more about Nashville and its history, visit


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