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Historic Nashville Behind-the-Scenes Walking Tour of Union Street
June 30 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Join us for “A Historic Stroll Along Union Street” Saturday, June 30, 2018 starting at 9:30 am
**Note: This tour will start a half hour earlier than our normal tours due to the recent extreme heat. With all the events scheduled in Downtown Nashville area the earlier we arrive makes it easier to find parking and avoiding the midday heat.**
Union Street today, to most people, is a dynamic place filled with banks, hotels, office buildings, some restaurants and a half-dozen or more historic markers. Some will recall that Union Street became famous as “The Wall Street of the South.” Come learn why and what was here before that. We’ll see how Nashville grew from a pioneer outpost to a bustling young town with steamboat landings near one end of Union Alley and the railroad depot at the other end – a span of ten city blocks. We will walk these blocks slowly and stop to contemplate, with a few photos to help illustrate and with narration by Tom Vickstrom. We’ll progress along the intersection of the old street names – Vine, Spruce, High, Summer, Cherry, College and Market. We’ll see the former home of Felix Grundy, pause at the place where Nashville’s first telephone call was made and where Nashville first recording engineers got their start. Anyone remember the site of the old YMCA? How about Nashville first public library? Hear about the motorcar in front of the Hermitage Hotel and the runaway horse. There’s that fine house the stage coach operator lived in when the civil war soldiers marched along the street. We’ll stop near a French restaurant, once famous, and continue through the banking district towards Market Square and “see” retail shops such as BH Stief Jewelry and Otto Giers photography.
We will meet in the courtyard of the War Memorial Building. Parking may be found in the lots below TSL&A and the state capitol if you don’t mind walking a few blocks.
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