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Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Apr 2013 5:56 p.m. PST

I'm going to Nashville for the first week of May. I know there is some Civil War stuff around but I'm visiting and travelling with friends who are going to be down for probably one hard core history thing total. Any other things that are worth seeing that are fun for non-history folks and interesting for someone with wargaming and history interests?

Personal logo Nashville Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2013 6:12 p.m. PST
Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2013 8:26 p.m. PST

They have a full scale replica of the Parthenon with a full scale replica of Athena's inside. Very cool!

Strassoldo Inactive Member12 Apr 2013 3:24 a.m. PST

There are several sights to see, like Shy's Hill and Fort Negley. These are all now in the suburbs, of course!

Contact The Battle of Nashville Preservation Society, at

Don't forget that Stones River National Battlefield is only about 25 miles south-east of Nashville, and the Carter House (Battle of Franklin) around 20 miles to the south.


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Apr 2013 4:47 a.m. PST

The Corvette Museum

It's about 60 miles north of Nashbville, and its a good time. Even if you're not a 'vette fan. (I wasn't.) It's a great industrial museum with a good mix of history and engineering info. And purty cars.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2013 4:52 a.m. PST

Definitely the Parthenon in Centennial Park (near Vanderbilt University), for your non-history buff members while still offering you something of high interest. The statue of Athena has to be seen to be believed. (It's 40 FEET TALL!)

The Hermitage (Andy Jackson's home) should also be on the list. It's a little further out from the main city, but it's not hard to find and should be interesting to everyone.

Belle Meade Mansion, on the west side of town, is also an interesting visit. A Civil War era home, it also has ties to other aspects of history, being the homestead of the Harding family (relatives of Warren G…. not that they're proud of that…), and having hosted Taft. Plus, it's near Phillip's Toy Mart (just continue west down the road; it's on the left just past the first stoplight you come to), which has a great supply of scale models, model railroad stuff, and even some wargaming stuff (mostly GW and board games, but lots of 1/72 plastics, too).

For a day trip that combines history and shopping, come on down to Franklin, site of one the biggest battles in the CIvil War, and a darn nice town for wandering about (take the walking tour, which combines history and Southern charm!). Great little antique stores and boutiques, and good food, too. I recommend Meridee's bakery for lighter fare, and Puckett's Grocery. Oh, and Uncle Bud's if you love fried catfish. If you're there at night, take the ghost tour, which is very popular!

Oh, and in Nashville proper, plan to have breakfast at the Pancake Pantry near Vanderbilt. Expect to wait in line. Expect the wait to be worth it.

For dinner, head west, and keep driving till you come to the "Loveless Hotel and Cafe" (yes, that's the name). It's no longer a hotel (boutique shops instead), but man, is it a cafe! Southern cooking done rightó try the country ham with red eye gravy or the fried chicken. And try not to stuff yourself on the biscuits and homemade preserves and molasses. You'll fail, but that's a battle you'll want to lose.

Enjoy the trip!

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member12 Apr 2013 1:15 p.m. PST

I can remember several places, but none family friendly…

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Apr 2013 9:54 a.m. PST

Thank you all. I will definitely check out the Parthenon and I'll mention all the other stuff to my colleagues.

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