History

Davidson County, dating back to 1783, is Middle Tennessee’s oldest county. Nashville, founded in 1779, enjoyed rapid growth and expansion due to its ideal location on the Cumberland River. Nashville, incorporated in 1806, became Tennessee’s capital city in 1843. Our region is historically wealthy, boasting the historic homes of early American presidents and iconic American heroes, battlegrounds where our nation was forged, and preserved structures allowing our residents to look into the future while surrounded by the past. Our legacy lives on in the preserved antebellum plantations, classically styled buildings of our downtown area and the more than 180 properties and districts listed on the National Register, as well as 6 regional National Historic landmarks and the nearby town of Franklin, an important historic Civil War town. To learn more about the important historic role our county played in the birth of America, or to visit any of the historic attractions of Middle Tennessee, please visit:

Historic Nashville
Nashville Area Historic Sites, Properties and Attractions
Nashville Area Multi-Cultural Attractions and Events
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
Grand Ole Opry House
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Fort Nashborough
Tennessee State Capitol
Nashville City Cemetery
Fort Negley
Belmont Mansion
Two Rivers Mansion
Tennessee State Museum
Stone Hall
The Carter House/Battle of Franklin
Civil War Stones River Battlefield
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Belle Meade Plantation
The Hermitage
Leiper’s Fork
Historic Carnton Plantation
Lane Motor Museum
Franklin County Old Jail Museum
Historic Rock Castle

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