Fort Nashborough, Nashville

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Fort Nashborough was the stockade established in early 1779 in the French Lick area of the Cumberland River valley as a forerunner to the settlement that would become the city of Nashville, Tennessee. The log stockade was square in shape and covered 2acre. It contained 20 log cabins and was protection for the settlers against wild animals and Indians. Today, a reconstructed fortification, maintained by Nashville Parks and Recreation, stands near the site of the original structure.BackgroundThe American Revolution broke out one month after Richard Henderson's purchase agreement with the Cherokee for the lands of the proposed Transylvania settlement was signed.Most Cherokee towns wished to stay neutral in the growing contest between the colonists and Britain, but Chief Dragging Canoe considered the war an opportunity to resist the continual encroachment by frontiersmen on traditional Cherokee territories. American retaliatory raids against his Cherokee towns in eastern Tennessee eventually forced Dragging Canoe to move his people farther to the south and west - down the Tennessee River. In 1779 they settled along Chickamauga Creek (near present day Chattanooga, Tennessee), becoming known as the Chickamauga Cherokees. Later they were forced to move even further west and southwest, where they established the "Five Lower Towns", and were often thereafter referred to as the "Lower Cherokee". Dragging Canoe had promised to make any white settlers pay a "heavy price" if they moved into the Cumberland River valley, and he was to make good his word.
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  • June 18, 2017
    Looks like a new replica is being built. Just wanted to note it here since TripAdvisor shows its hours as open. There aren't any signs saying when it might open.  more »
  • August 31, 2016
    Right now is not the time to go to see Fort Nashborough. It is a construction zone and only the workers with hard hats are allowed in the area.  more »
  • July 31, 2016
    went looking for the fort...sad to say it's closed..a fence is around where it once stood. said to reopen next year. hopefully it will and become a great tourist site again  more »
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  • June 24, 2017
    The newly renovated fort looks amazing! We can't wait for it to officially reopen.
  • September 22, 2016
    September 2016 it was a construction site. Seems to be rebuilt after being damaged.
  • July 4, 2007
    Too many street people hanging around that area. Does not make you feel safe viewing the fort. Unfortunately, one can tell that that they have been using some of that area for a "bathroom" as the smell is obvious!!!!
  • August 19, 2011
    It was dusk when we were there. We felt safe and enjoyed it!
  • January 27, 2011
    Needs supervision.

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