31 Days of Nashville – Centennial Park

16 - Centennial Park

The hub of Nashville events can be found in Centennial Park. Most weekends when the weather is pleasant, there’s usually an event going on somewhere in the park. There’s a huge amount of open space that makes it perfect for festivals and large events that attract many people. If there’s not a specific event on a nice weekend, the park is usually filled with people playing frisbee, walking or just enjoying the scenery.

In the middle of the park is The Parthenon replica, which was built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition to celebrate Tennessee’s 100th anniversary. Tennessee was added as a state of the union in 1796. If you’re figuring the math, the exposition was a year late. History seems to indicate that they decided to build a replica of the Parthenon in Greece because Nashville is nicknamed The Athens of the South.

My favorite memories of Centennial Park are of the gardens on the northwest side near the pond (aka Lake Watauga). There are photos of me when I was very young, playing among the flowers, and I still enjoy being in that area when I go to the park today. Also nearby is a train and airplane that have been parked there for as long as I can remember.

When you decide to visit Centennial Park, it’s well worth the $6 admission to see the massive Athena Parthenos reproduction statue, standing 42 feet tall. It’s quite an experience to be in the open hall with her standing on the other end in all her golden beauty. The park is also really close to Cori’s DogHouse that I wrote about yesterday!

 

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Centennial Park
2500 West End Ave
Nashville TN 37203

This post is part of a series I am writing, 31 Days of Nashville, where I am introducing several awesome places that make Nashville a great place to live and visit. Each day of the week has a different theme, and I am trying to focus on those hidden gems that aren’t as well known but just as worthy. 

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31 Days of Nashville – Nashville City Cemetery

8 - Nashville City Cemetery

Photo Credit: Wayne Hsieh

Okay, I get it. It might be creepy to list a cemetery on a list of what makes Nashville awesome, but the Nashville City Cemetery truly belongs on this list and not for any sort of ghostly or spooky reasons. It’s really all about the history that now resides in the cemetery. Since opening in 1822, the cemetery has become home to many famous Nashvillians and Tennesseeans, including four of Nashville’s founders, James & Charlotte Robertson and John & Ann Robertson Cockrill (you’ve probably seen their names around town on streets and buildings). There’s also one of Tennessee’s Governors, William Carroll, 15 of Nashville’s Mayors, and many other residents of the area. President James K Polk was even buried there briefly (he was later buried at his home, then moved again to the capitol in Nashville).

So maybe visiting a cemetery isn’t on your list of places to see in Nashville, and I get it. I don’t know that I would have ever visited the cemetery if it wasn’t for the annual Living History Tour that is held in the cemetery every fall. I’ve been a few times over the years, and it’s always a great experience. Each year, they arrange several historical interpreters to represent some of the cemetery’s residents and tell their life story.

The 2013 tour has already passed, but there are guided tours regularly scheduled about once a month during the warmer months (April to October). There are also clean up days once a month to help keep the cemetery in good shape to enjoy for many more years.  Check out the Events page for a list of all upcoming events. The cemetery is open every day from dawn to dusk.

Nashville City Cemetery
1001 Fourth Avenue South
Nashville TN 37203

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31 Days of Nashville – Love Circle

2 - Love Circle

One of the best views of Nashville can be seen atop the hill at Love Circle. For years, I thought Love Circle got its name from the early days of “make out spots”, however it’s named after John H. Love, whom the city of Nashville bought the land.

Love Circle is located just off West End at Murphy Road, and is a popular place to visit in the early morning hours to watch the sunrise over the Nashville skyline, but the view is amazing any time of the day. Most residents of Nashville have probably visited Love Circle at least once, if not a dozen times.

The homes in and around Love Circle are both interesting and unique, including country musician, John Rich, whose boxy house can’t be missed, as the gates proudly announces it as Mt. Richmore. It’s also a popular spot for many, many photos.

This post is part of a series I am writing, 31 Days of Nashville, where I am introducing several awesome places that make Nashville a great place to live and visit. Each day of the week has a different theme, and I am trying to focus on those hidden gems that aren’t as well known but just as worthy. 

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