Explore Nashville, Tennessee: the beating heart of the American south

Best known for its vibrant music scene, Nashville is a superb place for anyone looking to learn more about the American south’s varied history, food and culture…

A statue of President Andrew Jackson stands in front of the Tennessee State Capitol building in Nashville. (Image by Getty Images)

Best known for its vibrant music scene, Nashville is a superb place for anyone looking to learn more about the American south’s varied history, food and culture.

The city’s location overlooking the Cumberland river has meant that it has long been of strategic importance. A recreation of Fort Nashborough, the revolutionary-era military stockade that preceded the city itself, can be visited today, while the Tennessee State Museum is the best place to follow the city’s timeline.

The Civil War raged in Tennessee, with key battles taking place in both Nashville and nearby Franklin. Much of the vast Nashville battlefield is now under housing and other developments. However Franklin, 20 miles away, has two fascinating houses that played a key part in the conflict, as well as many Civil War graves. Franklin is also a well-preserved historic town in its own right and contains the McLemore House Museum – a rare surviving example of a house bought by a former slave.

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