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Nashville is the capital of Tennessee and the county seat of Davidson County. The town of Nashville was founded by James Robertson, John Donelson, and a party of Over Mountain Men in 1779, near the original Cumberland settlement of Fort Nashborough. It was named for Francis Nash, the American Revolutionary War hero. It is located on the Cumberland River in the north-central part of the state. The city is a center for the music, healthcare, publishing, banking and transportation industries, and is home to a large number of colleges and universities such as Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities. Nashville is home to more than 300 health care companies. It is also home to several major professional sports teams.
Music City USA
Nashville is known as a center of the music industry and has a vibrant music and entertainment scene spanning a variety of genres earning it the nickname “Music City”. The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is the major performing arts center of the city. It is the home of the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, the Nashville Opera, the Music City Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Nashville Ballet. And, of course, it is the home of The Grand Ole Opry. Numerous music clubs and honky-tonk bars can be found in downtown Nashville, especially the area encompassing Lower Broadway, Second Avenue, and Printer’s Alley, which is often referred to as “the District.”
Southern Confections Served Here!
Nashville is also known for some of its famously popular Southern confections, including Moon Pies and Goo Goo Clusters (which have been made in Nashville since 1912). It has a population of about 600,000. Nashville is the second largest city in Tennessee, after Memphis, and the fifth largest city in the Southeastern United States. Civil War history is important to the city’s tourism industry. Sites pertaining to the Battle of Nashville and the nearby Battle of Franklin and Battle of Stones River in Smyrna can be seen, along with several well-preserved antebellum plantation houses such as Belle Meade Plantation, Carnton plantation in Franklin, and Belmont Mansion.
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