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Historian Uncovers the Lost Buildings of Nashville

Do you ever wonder about the history of some of the buildings in Nashville? One local author did and decided to write a book about it.

First settled in 1779, Nashville has grown into what the New York Times calls America’s “It City.” From frontier outpost to cosmopolitan city of today, Nashville has a rich history to celebrate.

This Used to Be Nashville is a photographic journey into Nashville’s past by local historian and retired curator James Hoobler. The collection of stories chronicles the highs and lows of the past in what is now one of the country’s most visited tourist destinations.

Learn about the Ryman Auditorium, which started as a religious revival hall; and the seamy Climax Saloon, which is now a boutique hotel. Greenbrier Distillery, once the very dominant Tennessee whiskey brand, closed in 1908 due to state prohibition, but it was reborn when descendants of the original family found their roots and relaunched the brand with the original formula. Visit Belmont Mansion, the home of one of the country’s wealthiest women and now the crown jewel of a university campus.

Visit Belmont Mansion on August 21, 2022 and learn more about the city’s hidden architectural stories when Mr. Hoobler presents his discoveries during a free book signing event from 4 – 5:30 pm. Directions to Belmont Mansion can be found at belmontmansion.com.



About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.