Fort Nashborough is a historical fort and log stockade in Nashville, Tennessee, now an authentic replica of the original fort. Known by many other names such as Fort Bluff, Bluff Station, French Lick Fort, and Cumberland River Fort, the fort was first established in the area in 1779 in the French Lick part of Cumberland River Valley.

Led by James Robertson and John Donelson, the fort eventually became the site for the founding of Tennessee and its capital. Located near downtown Nashville by Riverfront Park and the Second Avenue and Broadway tourist neighborhoods, Fort Nashborough attracts a good number of people every year.

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Containing 20 log cabins, Fort Nashborough was meant to protect settlers from wild animals and native peoples, rather than to be used for military ventures. Although Cherokee and other Native American people largely wished to remain neutral, some such as Chief Dragging Canoe couldn’t continue to ignore the encroachment of settlers onto their territories, seeing the war between the colonists and Britain as an opportunity to resist them.

Native Americans were eventually forced to move, but not before they attacked the settlements, angry at promises broken by the colonists and at being made to give them concessions as they took more and more of their lands.

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People regularly spend about 1 to 2 hours exploring Fort Nashborough. Self-guided tours occur daily from 9am to 4pm.

Fort Nashborough is also near the Ryman Auditorium, Belle Meade Plantation, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The Ryman Auditorium is a large live performance venue that hosts a variety of shows such as concerts. Belle Meade Plantation is a designated historic site, museum, garden, and winery. Preserving country music traditions as well as its artifacts and stars, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the most prominent museums of music in the country.

Fort Nashborough in Nashville

Location: 170 1st Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201, USA

Open: Daily from 9 am to 4 pm

Phone: +1 615-862-8400