Fort Negley Neighborhood Walking Tour, Nashville

Fort Negley is an historical landmark in Nashville that preserves the memory of the people, who made a significant contribution to the city's prosperity. Explore the history of the Civil War at Fort Negley Park, learn about nature and science at the Adventure Science Center and have fun at the Music City Motorplex!
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Fort Negley Neighborhood Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Fort Negley Neighborhood Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Nashville (See other walking tours in Nashville)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Author: mary
Herschel Greer Stadium

1) Herschel Greer Stadium

Herschel Greer Stadium is a minor league baseball park located on the grounds of Fort Negley, an American Civil War fortification, approximately two miles (3 km) south of downtown. Opened in 1978, the stadium was posthumously named for Herschel Lynn Greer, a prominent Nashville businessman and the first president of the Nashville Vols minor league baseball team. It is home to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and can seat 10,300 people.

The stadium is best recognized by its distinctive guitar-shaped scoreboard, which displays the line score across the neck. It has been the site of three minor league all-star games, eight no-hit games, including one perfect game, and a 24-inning game which tied the record for the longest game in PCL history. In 1993 and 1994, it also served as the home ballpark for the Double-A Southern League's Nashville Xpress. In recent years, the Sounds have attempted to work out an agreement with the city for a new ballpark to replace Greer, an aging stadium that was not meant to last longer than 30 years. Greer is one of the oldest stadiums used by a Triple-A team, and it now falls well below professional baseball's standards for a stadium at that class level. It has been the subject of numerous upgrades and repairs to keep it functioning long enough for the Sounds to secure a deal for a new ballpark.

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Fort Negley

2) Fort Negley

Fort Negley was a fortification built for the American Civil War, located approximately 2-mile (3.2 km) south of downtown Nashville. It was the largest inland fort built in the United States during the war. Once Confederate forces were routed from Forts Henry and Donelson (on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, respectively), in February 1862, Confederate commanders decided that any further effort in the defense of Nashville would be pointless, and they abandoned any attempt to keep Nashville behind their lines. It was almost immediately occupied by Union forces, who rapidly began preparations for its defense. The largest of the fortifications erected was Fort Negley, a star-shaped limestone block structure atop a hill south of the city. The construction of the fort was overseen by Captain James St. Clair Morton.

The fort was constructed out of 62,500 cubic feet of stone, 18,000 cubic feet of earth and cost $130,000 (USD). It was largely constructed using the labor of local slaves (including women), newly freed slaves who had flocked to Nashville once it was taken by Union forces with the understanding that their status as slaves was to be revoked were they to work for the Union, and by free blacks forcibly conscripted for the work. Records show that 2,768 blacks were officially enrolled in its construction. During construction 600-800 men died and only 310 ever received any pay. The fort was named for Union Army commander General James S. Negley.

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Adventure Science Center

3) Adventure Science Center (must see)

The Adventure Science Center, originally the Children’s Museum of Nashville, was established in 1944. Featuring different thematic exhibitions and classes on a regular basis, it is a place where children can learn about science and nature and have fun.

The museum features over 175 hands-on interactive exhibits with themes including biology, physics, visual perception, listening, mind, air and space, energy and earth science. The building includes 44,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 75-foot-tall adventure tower, and the Sudekum Planetarium.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the only things to keep the kids/toddlers occupied in the downtown area. Multiple floors of activities provide a nice divide so it's not visually overwhelming.
The center features a safely contained climbing structure with multiple floors and access points of varying difficulty.
You can make your way up to a viewing platform with great views of the city – even in the rain.

Make sure you get a map so you don't miss anything – there's a lot to see and do here.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am–5pm (until 10pm every 2nd Saturday of the month)
Nashville City Cemetery

4) Nashville City Cemetery

Nashville City Cemetery is the oldest public cemetery in Nashville. Many of Nashville's prominent historical figures are buried there. Nashville City Cemetery was opened on January 1, 1822. By 1850, over 11,000 people were buried there. In 1958, Nashville Mayor Ben West led an effort to restore and preserve the cemetery. In 1972, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places due to its historical and architectural significance.

Among those interred in the cemetery are two of Nashville's founders, four Confederate generals, one Tennessee Governor, and twenty-two mayors of Nashville. Also buried there are numerous soldiers, schoolteachers, former slaves, early civic leaders, and other interesting citizens of Nashville. The cemetery currently contains over 23,000 graves.

Nashville City Cemetery is located near downtown Nashville at 1001 4th Avenue South.

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Trevecca Nazarene University

5) Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca Nazarene University is a private Christian liberal arts college founded in 1901 by Cumberland Presbyterian minister J. O. McClurkan as the "Pentecostal Literary and Bible Training School". Part of the Pentecostal Alliance, it started offering bachelor's degrees in 1910, and the school's name was changed to Trevecca College for Christian Workers in 1911, after the Coleg Trefeca. The school was located in downtown Nashville until 1914, when it was moved to East Nashville on Gallatin Road. In 1917, the campus suffered a disastrous fire, and its students and faculty temporarily transferred to Ruskin Cave College. That same year, the school begrudgingly became an official college of the Church of the Nazarene, in order to save itself financially. Shortly after it had become a Nazarene institution, it absorbed the Southeastern Nazarene College of Georgia, but still found itself in bankruptcy and forced to sell its campus by 1932.

In 1995, the school's name was changed from Trevecca Nazarene College to Trevecca Nazarene University. In 1999, Trevecca offered its first doctoral degree (an EdD), and in 2011, added its first PhD degree (in clinical counseling).

Trevecca has a 65 acre campus in an urban neighborhood environment, located about 3 miles from downtown Nashville. The campus of Trevecca includes not only the Nazarene University, but also Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene, pastored by Dr. Dwight M. Gunter, II, and Trevecca Towers, a Christian retirement community.

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Music City Motorplex

6) Music City Motorplex

Music City Motorplex is one of the oldest racetracks in the U.S. Opened in 1904, it seats about 15,000 visitors. The track is a banked paved oval that is .596 miles long. From 1958 to 1984, it held the NASCAR Sprint Cup races. Winners at the track receive a guitar.

Walking Tours in Nashville, Tennessee

Create Your Own Walk in Nashville

Create Your Own Walk in Nashville

Creating your own self-guided walk in Nashville is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
A Walk on Tennessee Capitol Hill

A Walk on Tennessee Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill is the site of Tennessee legislation. It is a spectacular combination of the past meeting the present, with open-air museums, modern towers, state buildings, bridges, and other attractions. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the heart of Tennessee.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Jewels of African American Education in Nashville

Jewels of African American Education in Nashville

As a part of its great history, Tennessee is proud of its institutions of higher education for African Americans. This sightseeing tour will guide you to Nashville's famous Fisk University and its legendary Jubilee Hall, Tennessee State University and its glorious Gentry Complex. Take this tour to discover some of the most significant pages in American history.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Downtown Daily Life

Downtown Daily Life

Enjoy a good local beer at the Yazoo Brewing Company and walk down Lower Broadway to the Shelby Street Bridge. Visit the honky-tonk bars, listen to great live music on your way and watch the sunset on one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Vanderbilt Neighborhood Walk

Vanderbilt Neighborhood Walk

In this area you will find Vanderbilt University, Peabody College and Belmont University. Visit the neighborhood of National Historic Landmarks and learn about the history of the state's educational system. Enjoy a game with the Vanderbilt Commodores at the university's stadium!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
City Orientation Walk I

City Orientation Walk I

Nashville, Tennessee, listed among the top 10 Places to Live and Work in the U.S, is the city of epic concert venues and countless music clubs which have largely contributed to its nickname, “Music City, USA”. Adding to the city's appeal further is the number of museums, theaters, art galleries and other cultural sights. Take this orientation walk to discover some of the most popular attractions of Nashville!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Nashville's Skyscrapers Walking Tour

Nashville's Skyscrapers Walking Tour

Alongside different antique style buildings, Nashville's skyscrapers fit in well with the city's architectural landscape. The best evidence of this is the breathtaking view from the top floor of a skyscraper. This tour highlights some of the most interesting buildings in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Nashville for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Nashville has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Nashville, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.