The Heritage Hotel opened in 1910. The hotel was advertised as “fireproof, noise proof, and dustproof during its opening. The hotel’s intersection includes other great historical landmarks such as the Tennessee State Capitol, and the Ryman…

The first African-American public primary school in Nashville was built on this site (then 217 S. Summer St) in 1893. The Pearl School was named for the first superintendent of Nashville schools, Joshua F. Pearl. The new building was the pride of…

Since 1947 the Ernest Tubb Record Shop has been a locally owned and operated music store in downtown Nashville. It was founded by Ernest Tubb, of Grand Ole Opry fame, and his partner Charles Mosley at 720 Commerce St. on May 3, 1947 and was renowned…

The structure that now houses ACME Feed & Seed was built in 1890 by local architect J.R. Whitmore who originally rented the building to brothers Frederic and William Cummins. They opened the space as a grocery store. In the following years, this…

On March 22, 1916, “William H. Wassman’s latest addition to the motion picture world, opened in downtown Nashville.” This giant Knickerbocker Theater had two entrances and box offices, one at 210 Capitol Blvd, and one at 205 6th Avenue North.…

In March 1920, Washington became the 35th state to pass the 19th amendment, which secured women the right to vote. Only one more state was needed to ratify the amendment. Four months later, Tennessee Governor Albert Roberts called special sessions…

The Nashville Inn, built in 1783, was the first hotel in Nashville. It stood at the corner of 2nd Avenue and what is now Union Street. Considered one of the grandest hotels in the South, it hosted many historic figures such as one of Nashville’s…

This site was once the family home of Felix Kirk Zollicoffer. Born in Maury County in 1812, he became a printer, and worked with newspapers in various areas in Tennessee and in Huntsville, Alabama. He began a military career as a lieutenant in the…

In 1919, the Tennessee General Assembly passed the Tennessee Memorial Act, which established plans to build a memorial for veterans of the First World War that could also be used for state office space and public gatherings. Also in the plan were…

Market Square in Nashville was once the epicenter for downtown commerce. Before urban renewal in the 1970’s, all roads within the city limits radiated out from this point. In 1783, the first lodging house, the Nashville Inn, was built there and a…