Brief History of Nashville

While history may not be your “thing,” there’s no way you can deny Nashville’s is fascinating. From the very beginning, we’ve been the Music City, as the earliest settlers played fiddles and danced in celebration. Those settlers started putting down roots as early as the late 1700s, fanning out from the famed Fort Nashborough.

As the city grew, it became known as a center for music publishing. Anyone with a love for music simply gravitated toward Nashville, gathering together and sharing their talents. One of the most famous of those music groups was the Fisk Jubilee Singers, who had the distinct honor of performing for the Queen of England. An even greater honor, those musicians helped to fund Fisk University’s mission to educate freed slaves after the Civil War.

Since then, Nashville has been home to some of music’s most famous personalities. Those who weren’t born here or didn’t live here found some reason to visit. The Vienna Orchestra and John Phillip Sousa both performed at the Ryman Auditorium, helping the venue earn the nickname “Carnegie Hall of the South.” Our legacy lives on in the musicians who still call Music City home, from Faith Hill and Taylor Swift to Ben Folds and Jack White.

We’ve become a city that embraces culture and learning with open arms—one that learns from our mistakes and strives to be an example through our love for all music, art, culture, and history. Our roots are strong, and they get stronger every day.