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“THE CIVIL WAR AND MORE”
The first tour stop is our wonderful OLD CITY CEMETERY, founded in 1822. You’ll hear stories of the original native inhabitants, the white settlers who arrived in 1780 and much more.
Much of the tour will be visits to key sites relating to the decisive Battle of Nashville, December 15-16, 1864: Fort Negley, Belmont Mansion, the “Peace” monument, Confederate Redoubt. No. 1, and Shy’s Hill, where the decisive encounter of the battle occurred. Mr. Hardaway has studied this battle for many years and has walked the battlefield more times than he can count. He will also display relics of the battle he and others pulled from the ground.
After Fort Negley you’ll visit the grounds of the magnificent Belmont Mansion, located in the heart of Belmont University, the former centerpiece of a 177 acre ante-bellum estate. You’ll hear stories of the amazing Adelicia Acklen, once the wealthiest woman in the South, often called the “real Scarlett O’Hara.” For many years the estate functioned as the unofficial park for the city of Nashville. Just before and during the battle of Nashville in December 1864 the Union army used this house as the headquarters of General Thomas Wood and as an observation post.
After the CW portion we will visit “Dutchman’s Curve” in West Nashville, site of the worst train wreck in US history occurring on July 9, 1918 while the US was involved in the “Great War” in France. You will see stunning photos of the disaster and learn how this disaster connected to the war effort. Mr. Hardaway will also speak from his own experience of other disasters that affected this same area: the tornado of 1998 and the Great Flood of 2010.
Along the way we’ll travel through some of Nashville’s finest and most picturesque residential areas including Belle Meade and the Belle Meade mansion. If you love a good neighborhood home tour, you’ll love this!
Next will be the Parthenon at Centennial Park- centerpiece of the 1897 Centennial Exposition, a “world’s fair” type of event celebrating one hundred years of Tennessee statehood. Today our best loved city park marks the site. Of the many buildings and structures featured in the Exposition, only the Parthenon survives,a full scale replica of the original in Athens, Greece. Mr. Hardaway will tell the story of the construction of the original structure and show photos of the 1897 event.
As a graduate of this fine school himself, Mr. Hardaway will also talk about the founding of Vanderbilt University. We’ll drive by Kirkland Hall, the original administration building, constructed in 1877 and view a statue of the “commodore.”
If time permits the final stop of the tour will be the old Marathon Motor Car factory building that functioned from 1910-1914, now a major event/destination center featuring a car museum , an art museum, a distillery, a live music venue,and various gift shops including the “American Pickers” Antique Archeology store.
RATES: basic rate is $150 per tour. The tour guide and driver will pick up tourists, take them on the tour in his van (a Chrysler Town and Country) and return them to the place of their choice. IF the pick up and return spot is outside the downtown area, such as Opryland and the general airport area, the rate is $175. This is not a rate per person but that of the tour itself-1 to 6 persons.
For scheduling call Jim Hardaway @: 615-406-8939, tours are offered in morning or afternoon time slots- 8:30-12:30 or 1:30 to 5:30
Historic Tours of Nashville Reviews
Just got home from a full day Civil War tour with Jim and I cannot say enough how great it was! I arranged the trip as a holiday surprise for my dad, and it exceeded all expectations. Jim picked us... more »
This was an outstanding tour. We purchased the VIP-ticket, it is an interactive self-guided tour. The museum is is excellent and well maintained. The home itself has been well maintained and does... more »
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