Nashville, no other word can evoke images of music, it’s history, it’s culture. This is a town steeped in contributions to the musical inheritance that exists today. But how did it all begin?
Nashville – A Concise History
The town of Nashville itself was founded in 1779, and was named after Francis Nash, somewhat known as an American Revolutionary War ‘hero’. The town grew quickly, and, only 21 year later, in 1800, it had 345 residents, including a sizeable slave population. Then, it’s growth continued such that only six years later it was incorporated as a city.
Although the growth was less dramatic in the years that followed, in 1843 it was named the capital of Tennessee. The history of slavery in these parts, and the discrimination against people now known as African Americans, made the area ripe for the Tennessee chapter of the Ku Klux Klan to be founded by John W Morton. A little background on John W Morton: born on September 19, 1842 and died on November 21 1914. He served as Tennessee Secretary of State from 1901 to 1909. Mr Morton was married twice and had two sons and one daughter. In addition to founding the Tennessee chapter of the KKK, he was also a Freemason and, politically, was a member of the Democratic Party. Mr Morton also made contributions to the literary world, serving as editor to the Tennessee Farmer journal, and publisher of the book entitled The History of the Tennessee Centennial.
The latter years of the nineteenth century continued the momentum of years earlier, and the city became a prosperous region.
Today, the city of Nashville, Tennessee has a population of approximately 1,903,045. It enjoys cool winters, where the average maximum is around 8 degrees celsius, and about 2 and a bit inches of snow, and, hot summers with an average maximum of around 31-32 degrees celcius. The location of Nashville, on the eastern side of the United States means that rainfall is rarely seasonal, so most months are between 3 to 4 inches of rain. As a result, the local area is green and lush, in contrast to the more Mediterranean climate of areas like the West Coast of America.
When visiting the United States of America, it is absolutely worth taking the time to pop down to America’s South and visiting what has become a place of pilgrimage for all music buffs the world over! Whilst it is probably better to visit in the warmer months, the nature of the city’s attractions mean that whatever time you decide to visit, there is always something to do.