R.I.P. Fort Nashboro

It is with a tear that Nashville bids farewell to Fort Nashborough today.  The Fort, which may or may not have any historical significance whatsoever, was scheduled to be torn down and then re-built as a part of the $100 million Flood Wall project proposed by the Mayor.

The project lost backing by Metro Council, but the demolition of Fort Nashborough was never cancelled.

Now, I’m not here to argue the fort’s place in history, but to eulogize a place that was special to me as a child through adulthood. I recall field trips to Fort Nashborough, and although I have no memory of what they told us, I just remember being enchanted by the place.  I would fantasize about living there and having a riverfront view.

Even last week I walked the Germantown Greenway onto Gay Street and stopped at Fort Nashborough to keep my childhood dream alive of one day prancing around in a robe with a bowl of popcorn, standing in the center of the fort laughing at the outside world.

Please share your memories in the comments below. I have the feeling that this one is gone forever…

Picture stolen from some guy who stole it from his friend on the East Nashville Facebook page

Picture stolen from some guy who stole it from his friend on the East Nashville Facebook page


  1. I’m also pretty disappointed by this move. This place was indeed special and enchanting to me as well because of a special connection I had with the place and my many visits. As a young man raised in a log house in a rural part of Mount Juliet I saw myself as very much a frontiersman and obsessed with life on the frontier of the old British Empire. My heroes were Davy Crockett Daniel Boone Andrew Jackson etc… In my mind at any moment a party of savages could emerge from the forest behind our cabin and attack or just attempt to trade with my father. Hell even Sasquatch might pay us a visit. This was very much my reality as I roamed the woods with my bow and coon skin hat. When I visited the fort Inhad a connection and it also made me feel like I had some options for defense and constantly asked my father if we could build a palisade wall like the one at the fort. I’m very sad to see this landmark go away. They should have allowed us to dress as Indians and destroy the thing properly. I would have gladly brought my bow and set some arrows on fire to watch it burn.

  2. Tearing down Fort Nashborough is a good example of the way our history is being torn down these days. The younger generation is not being tought the love of history as we were in the past. It’s all “Now and the Present”. The past is not necessary. When I learned my Tennessee history that was required in the 7th grade, we took a tour there to learn of our beginnings as a state and then on to the capitol. (Will that be next???). I have a picture taken from the General Jackson as it began to turn around in the river of the sky line of the city. In it, one can see the Fort, which represented the 18th century, the old warehouses on 1st representing the 19th century, the “Batman” building representing the 20th century and the “Pinecle” building representing the 21st century. Even though this was not the original site, it still was important to the history of our city.

    1. If you read about Chief Dragging Canoe, Fort Nashborough was one of his victories. So its not something that’s is worth remembering. Sometimes the real land owners rebelled and won.

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