Historical Markers in
Davidson County, Tennessee

A Birthplace of Freedom A Future President's Home A home for Jackson’s Slaves A Lake Called Watauga A Landscape Of Inequality A Lively Place A National Cemetery System Abandonment and Preservation Abner T. Shaw House Academic Building At Fisk University Address by President Lincoln at the Dedication of The Gettysburg National Cemetery Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham Adolphus Heiman Adolphus Heiman Albert Gleaves Albertine Maxwell Alexander Little Page Green Alexander Wilson Alfred Z. Kelley Alfred’s Cabin All the Park's a Stage Alvin C. York Amqui Station An Urban Greenway Andrew Jackson Andrew Jackson Donelson Andrew Johnson Andrew Johnson Anne Dallas Dudley Antioch Pike Arna Wendell Bontemps Assault on Montgomery Hill Assumption Church / Cardinal Stritch Athletic Park Avon N. Williams, Jr. Banner Building Baptist Sunday School Board Building Baseball in Civil War Nashville Baseball Returns Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Battle of Nashville Confederate Line Battle of Nashville Monument Battle of the Bluffs Belle Meade Bourbon Belle Meade Deer Park Belle Meade Golf Links Historic District Belle Meade Plantation Belle Vue Bells Bend / Scottsboro Belmont Church and Koinonia Coffeehouse / Contemporary Christian Music Belmont Domestic Academy Belmont Mansion Belmont-Hillsboro Neighborhood Benjamin Franklin Cheatham Berger Building / WDAD Radio Station “Where Dollars are Doubled” Bethlehem Centers of Nashville Betty Chiles Nixon Birth of Bluegrass Bison Meadow Black Churches of Capitol Hill Blackwood Field Blue Triangle YWCA BMI Bombing of the Z. Alexander Looby Home Bradley Recording Studio Hillsboro Village Bradley Studios Brewery at Mill Creek Buchanan Log House Buchanan Station Cemetery Buchanan's Station Buchanan’s Station Buchanan’s Station Cemetery Building Fort Negley / African American Labor Buried City Cabin-by-the-Spring Campaign for the Vote Cane Ridge Cumberland Presbyterian Church Capers Memorial CME Church Captain Alexander "Devil Alex" Ewing Captain James St. Clair Morton Captain John Gordon 1763-1819 Captain John Rains Captain Ryman's Home Carl Van Vechten Art Gallery Caroline Meriwether Goodlett Carper Homestead Carriage House, c. 1850s Casper Mansker Cavalry Action (Dec 15, 1864) Centenary Methodist Institute Centenary United Methodist Church / Rev. William Gower (1776-1851) Centennial Park Swimming Pool Central High School Charlotte Road Cheatham’s Line Chickasaw Treaty Chicken House, c. 1920s Christ Church Cathedral / Old Christ Church (1831~1890) Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company City Cemetery City of Edgefield Civil War at The Hermitage Clark Memorial United Methodist Church Clover Bottom Clover Bottom Farm Clover Bottom Mansion Club Baron Coach Ed Temple Cockrill Bend Cockrill School Cockrill Spring Cohn School / W.R. Rochelle (1904-1989) Colonel James Robertson Colonel John Donelson Colonel Richard Henderson Confederate Cemetery Confederate Circle at Mount Olivet Confederate Defenses Confederate Private Monument Confederate Soldiers' Home Cora Howe's "Wildings" Cornelia Fort Airport Cravath Hall Crieve Hall Cumberland Park Customs House Dairy Davidson County / Sumner County Decline and Restoration of Fort Negley DeFord Bailey Demonbreum's Cave DeMoss Cabin Desegregating Nashville's Lunch Counters Determined Resistance Disciples of Christ Historical Society Doctors Building Dodson School Donley Harold Turpin, D. D. S. Downtown Presbyterian Church Dr. Harold Dadford West, Sr. Dr. Matthew Walker Sr. Dry-Stack Stone Walls Dudley Park Duncan College Preparatory School for Boys Dutchman’s Curve Train Wreck Earl Eugene Scruggs East Nashville Fire East Nashville Fire Eastland Edmondson Home Site Edwin W. Craig Edwin Warner Park Elizabeth Atchison Eakin Ella Sheppard (Moore) End of an Era Engine Company No. 11 Erected November 21, 1909 Evergreen Place Explore The Hermitage Grounds Ezell House Fall School Federal Defenses Federal Defenses Fehr School Felix K. Zollicoffer Field Quarter Trail Field Quarter Trail First Airfield First Baptist Church First Baptist Church First Bridge Over the Cumberland First Community Church First Masonic Hall First State Penitentiary First Steam Locomotive Fisk Jubilee Singers Fisk Memorial Chapel Fisk University Fort Design Fort Nashborough Fort Negley Fort Negley Fort Negley Site Fortress Nashville / Forts Founding of Altrusa International Founding of Nashville Founding of the United Daughters of the Confederacy Fourth and Church Francis Craig Residence Frank Maxwell Andrews Frederick Stump Freedman's Savings and Trust Company Bank / Duncan Hotel Freeland's Station Gateway Bridge Gen. Sam G. Smith George Earl Maney George Woods Germantown Brewery District Germantown Historic District Gerst House Ginning and Pressing "King Cotton" Glendale Park Glenn School / School Desegregation in Nashville “Nashville Plan” Schools Goodlettsville Cumberland Presbyterian Church Governors' Mansion Granbury’s Lunette GranDale Granny White Grave Greenwood Park Griggs Hall Growing Cotton Hadley Park Haynes High School HCA Healthcare Heaton's Station Heaton's Station Hell’s Half Acre Hill Forest Hill McAlister Hillsboro Theater Hillsboro Toll Gate Hillsboro-West End Hillwood Estates Historic Bellevue Historic Castner Knott Building History of Edgehill History of Spring Hill Cemetery Holly Street Fire Hall / Bass Park Holy Rosary Cathedral Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Homes of David Lipscomb Hood's Retreat Horse Barn, c. 1890s Hospital Water Source Houston's Law Office Hubbard House Hulda Margaret Lyttle Hume-Fogg High School Hunter's Hill Hyde's Ferry Turnpike Hylan Leitus Rosser Ice Age Elephant Ice House Icehouse Immaculate Mother Academy In 1807 In 1865 In Memory of Alfred Hume In Memory of Casper Mansker In Memory of Colonel Luke Lea In Memory of Francis Fogg In Memory of the Confederate Soldiers Who Were Buried in the City Cemetery Indian Captivity J. W. Price Fire Hall Jack Clement Recording Studios Jackson's Law Office Jacques Timothe Boucher de Montbrun James Carroll Napier James Edwards Rains James K. Polk James Robertson James Weldon Johnson Home Jefferson Street Music District Jewish Community Center Bombing John Bell John Bell's Birthplace John Haywood John Robert Lee Bradley John Robert Lewis John Trotwood Moore John W. Thomas Johnson's Station Jones School / School Desegregation in Nashville “Nashville Plan” Schools Josephine Groves Holloway / Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee Journey West: Forced Removal of the Cherokee Joy Floral Company Jubilee Hall Julia McClung Green Juno Frankie Pierce Kelley vs. Board of Education of Nashville / East High School Kenner Manor Historic District Lake Providence Community Land Conservation at The Hermitage Land Conservation at The Hermitage Lest We Forget: The Middle Passage Lieutenant General Alexander Peter Stewart Lieutenant Henry Alvin Cameron 1875-1918 / Cameron School Lieutenant James Simmons Timothy Little Jimmy Dickens Lock 2 Park Lockeland Spring Locust Hill Louise Certain Scruggs Love Circle Park Loveless Cafe and Motel Lt William McBryar, Buffalo Soldier Lt. Henry M. Doak Luke Lea Heights Lynching in America / The Lynchings of Henry and Ephraim Grizzard Madison Adventist Origins Madison College Major Henry M. Rutledge Major Wilbur Fisk Foster Mansker's Forts and Walton's Campground Mansker’s First Fort Mansker’s Station Marathon Motor Car Marathon Motor Works Mark Robertson Cockrill Mary Catherine Schweiss Strobel Mary Elizabeth Bradford Johns Mary Kate Patterson Davis Hill Kyle Mausoleum Maxwell House Hotel May Hosiery Mills May-Granbery House and Alford Cemetery McConnell Field McConnell Field Meharry Medical College Meigs School Melrose Memorial to Corporal William F. Lyell Mill Creek Baptist Church and Graveyard Mineral Water Minnesota Mississippi to Nashville Monroe Harding Montgomery Bell Academy Morris Memorial Building / Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Nashville Alumnae Chapter Mount Ararat Cemetery Mount Pisgah Community Mrs. John Donelson Mrs. John Hill Eakin - Mrs. Robert F. Weakley Mud Tavern Music Row Nashville Academy of Medicine Nashville Academy of Medicine Nashville Blacks in the Civil War Nashville Centennial Nashville Fire Department Nashville General Hospital Nashville Inn Nashville Plow Works Nashville Porter and Ale Brewery Nashville Sit-Ins Nashville Sit-Ins Nashville Student Movement Office Nashville Surrendered Nashville YMCA Nashville's First Public School Nashville's First Radio Station Nashville's Music Row Natchez Trace Natchez Trace National Negro High School Basketball Tournament Native American Plaza Nettie Napier Day Home Club New Bethel Baptist Church New Hope Baptist Church Newsom's Mill Nineteenth Amendment To The United States Constitution Nobles Corner North Nashville High School Odom's Tennessee Pride Sausage, Inc. Odom’s Tennessee Pride Country Sausage Oglesby Community House Old Harding Pike Old Hickory Powder Plant Old Hickory Triangle Old Hickory Village Old Stone Bridge Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church On This Site Stood the Nashville Inn Origins of Baseball in Nashville Our Peace: Follow the Drinking Gourd Pageantry & Promotion at the Exposition Paradise Ridge Parmer School Patsy Cline's Dream House Peach Blossom Peach Orchard Hill Pearl High School Penny Campbell Percy Warner Park Platform Mound Post-Emancipation Violence in America / Lynching and the Subversion of Legal Rights Powder Grinding Wheels Preston Taylor Printer's Alley Garage Property, Family, Humanity Rachel Carter Craighead Radnor College Randall Jarrell RCA Studio B Redoubt No. 4, Battle of Nashville Redoubt One Remnants of the University of Nashville Rev. Bill Barnes Rev. Nelson G. Merry Rev. Pharaoh H. Benson Richard H. Fulton Campus Richard S. Ewell Richardson House Richland Richland Park Richland-West End River Cane Riverside Sanitarium and Hospital / Dorothy Lavinia Brown, M.D. Robertson Academy Robertson Avenue Rock City Roger Williams University Ryman Auditorium Saint Cecilia Academy Saint Thomas Hospital Sally Port Salt Industry Sam Davis of Tennessee Sampson W. Keeble Samuel Allen McElwee Samuel Dold Morgan 1798-1880 Samuel R. Lowery Samuel Watkins Sarah Estell Scarritt College for Christian Workers Schofield's Jump-Off Line School Desegregation in Nashville “Nashville Plan” Schools / Emma Clemons School Shelby Street Bridge Site of First Store Site of Isaac Litton High School Site of Original Gas Works Site of Waterworks Plant Slave Burials Slave Cabin Slave Cabins, c. 1858 Smith Farmhouse Smith House Smith-Carter House Spruce Street Baptist Church St. Ann Catholic Church and School St. Patrick Catholic Church Stone Hall / Eversong Stories Told by Things the Enslaved Left Behind Sulphur Dell Sunnyside Surrender of Nashville 612 Woodland Street Surrender of Nashville East Bank of the Cumberland Sylvan Park School Talley-Brady Hall Tanglewood Historic District Tennessee Baptist Orphans' Home Tennessee Confederate Soldiers' Home Cemetery Monument Tennessee Hospital for the Insane Tennessee Ornithological Society Tennessee State Capitol Tennessee State University Tennessee State University Tennessee Tower Tennessee/Spring Water Brewery The Architectural Evolution Of The Hermitage The Battle of Nashville The Belle Meade Railway Station The Belted Galloway The Bluff Station The Bordeaux Community and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge/Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge The Children's Museum The Civil War The Craighead House The Cumberland Compact The Cumberland Settlements The Donelson Family Cemetery The Edgehill Community The Exposition Ends, Centennial Park Begins The Exposition's Negro Building The Field Quarter The Field Quarter Spring The First Hermitage The First Peoples The Frank House The Garden Privy The Grandstands The Harpeth Hall School The Harris Music Building The Hermitage The Hermitage Church The Hermitage Garden The Hermitage Hotel The Hermitage Landscape The Hermitage Landscape The Hermitage Mansion The Hermitage Overseer The Hunter’s Hill Farm Building The Jackson Family Cemetery The Jacksons and Religion The James Gang The John Wesley Work Home The Jungle and Juanita's The Little Theatre The Logue House The Myhr House The Nashville Brewery The Nashville City Cemetery / Old Glory The Nashville Parthenon The Nashville Race Course The Nashville Slave Market The Nashville Vols The Natchez Trace The Negro Leagues The North Cabin The Old Woman's Home The Parthenon The Parthenon The Road to War The Rock Block The Seeing Eye The South Field The Sportswriters The Springhouse The Temple Cemetery The Tennessee Centennial Exposition The Triplex The War Road The Work Yard Theodore "Ted" Rhodes Thomas Benton Smith Thomas Green Ryman Thomas H. Shriver Towers Thomas Overton Thomas W. Talley Timothy Demonbreun To the Hero’s of 1776-Not Dead! -But living in deeds such lives inspire Tolbert Fanning Tolbert Hollow Tom Wilson Park / Thomas T. Wilson Tomb of James Knox Polk Transfer Station Site Travellers Rest Travellers' Rest TSU's Reserve Officers' Training Corps Tulip Grove Tulip Grove Turner Grammar School Two Governors, Two Governments Two Rivers Mansion Una Community Union Major General Don Carlos Buell Union Station United Nations Visit To Nashville University School of Nashville Vanderbilt Memorial Gymnasium Vanderbilt University Vauxhall Garden Site Vine Hill / Donau Vine Street Christian Church Vine Street Christian Church Vine Street Temple Votes for Women Wallace University School War in the West War in the West: Battles and Campaigns War Memorial Auditorium War on the Home Front Ward-Belmont College Ward's Seminary Warner Parks Washington Hall Watkins Park Waverly Place West End High School West Meade White’s Creek and the War William Bowen House William Brimage Bate William Carroll William Driver William Driver William Edmondson William Edmondson Studio and Home Site William Edward Burghardt DuBois William Hicks Jackson William J. Faulkner William Nelson Rector Beall William Strickland 1788-1864 William Walker Woman Suffrage Rallies Woodbine Woodmont Estates Woodmont School XVI Corps Line of Departure Zephaniah Alexander Looby "Have the Negro Houses Placed Where the Old Ones Stands" "Historic Talbot's Corner" / Thomas Talbot 1760-1831 "Western Harmony" “A Being so Gentle And Yet So Virtuous” “Travelers' Rest”
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Davidson County, Tennessee is an area rich in history that dates back thousands of years. The region was originally inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Chickasaw and the Shawnee. European explorers, most notably French traders, began to explore the area in the 18th century.

The county is named after General William Lee Davidson, a North Carolina militia officer who was killed in the Revolutionary War. Davidson County was established in 1783, making it one of the oldest counties in Tennessee. The city of Nashville, which is the county seat, was founded soon after, in 1780.

Throughout its history, Davidson County has played a significant role in the development of Tennessee and the United States. In the early 19th century, Nashville became a hub for trade and transportation, as well as a center for education and culture. The city thrived as a port along the Cumberland River and became an important cotton trading hub.

During the Civil War, Davidson County witnessed several significant events. The Battle of Nashville, a major Union victory, took place here in 1864 and marked a turning point in the war. The city also served as a center for the Union's military operations throughout the region.

In the decades following the Civil War, Davidson County continued to grow and evolve. It became known as the "Athens of the South" for its esteemed institutions of higher education, including Vanderbilt University and Fisk University. Today, Davidson County remains a cultural and economic center of Tennessee, with a flourishing music scene, lively downtown area, and a diverse population.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Davidson County, Tennessee.

  • 1783 – Davidson County is created by the North Carolina legislature and named in honor of William Lee Davidson.
  • 1784 – Nashville is established as the county seat of Davidson County.
  • 1806 – The Tennessee State Capitol building, also located in Davidson County, is completed.
  • 1812 – A new courthouse is constructed in Nashville.
  • 1861 – Tennessee secedes from the Union and joins the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
  • 1864 – Nashville becomes the first Confederate state capital to fall to Union forces during the Civil War.
  • 1868 – The Tennessee State Capitol building is restored and reopened after being damaged during the Civil War.
  • 1871 – A new Davidson County Courthouse is constructed in Nashville to replace the previous one.
  • 1963 – The Parthenon replica in Centennial Park is completed, becoming a popular tourist attraction in Davidson County.
  • 1997 – Riverfront Park, a waterfront park along the Cumberland River, is opened in downtown Nashville.
  • 2010 – The 2010 flood devastates parts of Davidson County, causing significant damage to homes and infrastructure.