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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  • Amid so many more glitzy offerings in Nashville, it is worth walking down to the banks of the Cumberland River to see the reconstructed site of Fort Nashborough. This tiny stockade represented the fir...  more »
  • On a bitterly cold December afternoon these wooden building - all closed - are a b-i-g disappointment. Pass by and continue to the magnificent pedestrian bridge...  more »
  • We were going to stop in for "old time's sake" but it was closed for renovation. Used to be an interesting place to see some ancient Nashville history. Hope they open soon and have a good presentation...  more »
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  • Great construction, nice piece to look at. I just wish it was more interactive...
  • The newly renovated fort looks amazing! We can't wait for it to officially reopen.
  • Beautiful replica of Nashville's history!
  • Ok, place to check this reconstructions fort.
  • September 2016 it was a construction site. Seems to be rebuilt after being damaged.

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