Fort Nashborough, Nashville

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Fort Nashborough was the stockade established in early 1779 in the French Lick area of the Cumberland River valley, as a forerunner to the settlement that would become the city of Nashville, Tennessee. The log stockade was square in shape and covered 2acre. It contained 20 log cabins and was protection for the settlers against wild animals and Indians. Today, a reconstructed fortification, maintained by Nashville Parks and Recreation, stands near the site of the original structure.
The American Revolution broke out one month after Richard Henderson's purchase agreement with the Cherokee for the lands of the proposed Transylvania settlement was signed.
Most Cherokee towns wished to stay neutral in the growing contest between the colonists and Britain, but Chief Dragging Canoe considered the war an opportunity to resist the continual encroachment by frontiersmen on traditional Cherokee territories. American retaliatory raids against his Cherokee towns in eastern Tennessee eventually forced Dragging Canoe to move his people farther to the south and west - down the Tennessee River. In 1779 they settled along Chickamauga Creek (near present-day Chattanooga, Tennessee), becoming known as the Chickamauga Cherokees. Later they were forced to move even further west and southwest, where they established the "Five Lower Towns", and were often thereafter referred to as the "Lower Cherokee". Dragging Canoe had promised to make any white settlers pay a "heavy price" if they moved into the Cumberland River valley, and he was to make good his word.
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  • This is a cool little stop off of the beaten path of Broadway. There isn't much there except for the historic log buildings. But, its really cool to have a little piece of history that survived and still being maintained in the downtown area. Its probably not something that I would go to downtown to visit, but if I am walking around it is a nice little side distraction to the hustle and bustle of the city.
  • We arrived to find all the buildings closed and locked. Don't know if it was a scheduled shut down or what, there were no signs to that effect. But we walked through the fort and read all the signs and enjoyed ourselves regardless. Being in the fort makes you feel like you're stepping back in time. Also got a great shot of Nissan stadium. So definitely put this on your list, just call first 🤣

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