Lockeland Elementary School, otherwise known as Lockeland Design Center, was once the site of Lockland Mansion, named for Jane Locke. The first Anglo-American settler at this site was Daniel Williams who obtained 640 acres as a Revolutionary War…

Originally built in 1850, this suspension bridge crossed the Cumberland River and connected the city of Edgefield directly to downtown Nashville. In 1874, The Republican Banner printed an article about the bridge highlighting its importance to the…

The Russell Street Church, located in 819 and 901 Russell Street, first opened its doors in 1905. The Russell Street Church of Christ was one of the most influential churches in East Nashville, and its members were influential in establishing many…

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…