See Music City’s History with Nashville Tours
If you’re planning a visit to Nashville, Tennessee in the near future, you’ve probably got your eye on a few key attractions: the Ryman Auditorium, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Johnny Cash Museum, for starters. But what many visitors to Nashville might not realize is that Music City is filled to its brim with amazing historical locations as well.
The first step to planning a great day out to experience historic sites is with a Nashville tour. Not only will you have the benefits of a professional chauffeur (including advice on where to grab dinner and insight on the easiest and quickest routes), you’ll get a break on the headache that navigating in a new city can often be. Once you’ve chosen your tour, the next step is to find the best historic locations that Nashville has to offer. If you don’t know where to begin, take a look at the list of our favorite historic Nashville locations.
This historic site, located near Richland Creek, was introduced in 1807 and became one of the most prestigious plantations in the Nashville area. The brick home, which still stands today, was built in 1820 by plantation owner and Virginian John Harding. Harding had been interested in thoroughbred racing and breeding back in Virginia and brought his interest in equine sports with him to Nashville and to his plantation upon its completion. The grounds still stand today and serve as one of Nashville’s most popular historic tourists destinations. The plantation is open to visitors from 9 am until 5 pm Monday through Saturday and from 11 am to 5 pm on Sundays.
If you don’t mind sending your chauffeur a little off the beaten path, consider driving over to historic Franklin, Tennessee to see this famous Civil War site. Not only did the Carter House serve a purpose in the Battle of Franklin, but it stands to this day as a testament to the trials and historical importance that the Nashville area served in the Civil War. The House is open 7 days a week with hours from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 12 noon to 5 pm on Sunday. Ticket prices vary according to age.
Situated on the same land with the Carter House, adding the Carnton Plantation to your list of historical sites to see would be both convenient and enjoyable. Built in the early 19th century by Nashville mayor, Randal McGavock, the Carnton Plantation continues to be an important site for those looking to stand on sites where some of the most important American historical figures, including prominent politicians and thinkers of the time, visited and convened. The site was also transformed into a cemetery for over a thousand confederate soldiers. The McGavock Confederate Cemetery remains an important Civil War Memorial to this day. The hours at the Carnton Plantation are the same as the Carter House.
President Andrew Jackson, America’s 7th president, was also a bona fide Tennessee native who made his home at the historical site that is now called The Hermitage. The home served as one of the most important political and social sites in the state, both during his Presidency and afterward. The home is open to the public for tours from 8:30 am until 5 pm during the summer months. Tickets prices differ for various ages and military status. Group rates are also available.
However you decide to plan your historic Nashville tour, remember to book minibus or SUV service plenty of time in advance. Not only will having a chauffeur to guide you around Nashville make the trip more enjoyable, but it will relieve you of the stresses of navigating and parking so you can soak in more of the history of Music City.