The capital city of Tennessee, Nashville, is located on the Cumberland River within Davidson County, and is easily the most populated city in Tennessee (21st most populated city in the U.S.)
Named for Francis Nash, a general of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, the city was founded in 1779. The city grew quickly due to its strategic location as a port on the Cumberland River and, in the 19th century, a railroad center. Nashville seceded with Tennessee during the American Civil War; in 1862 it was the first state capital in the Confederacy to be taken by Union forces. After the war, the city reclaimed its position and developed a manufacturing base.
Most people think of Nashville as a major center for the music industry, which is why it is commonly referred to as “Music City”.
Also home to three major professional sports teams (Predators hockey, Titans football, and Nashville SC soccer), Nashville has plenty of options for the sports enthusiast as well as music lovers. Several colleges sport a Nashville address, including Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Fisk University, Trevecca Nazarene University, and Lipscomb University.
Outside of music, sports and colleges… be sure to check out the Nashville Zoo, Centennial Park, Johnny Cash Museum, and their many restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries for a taste of the nightlife!
Nashville At A Glance
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