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Historic Sites in Metro Parks

There are several important historical sites in Metro Nashville Parks. The links below will give you more information on each site and which ones require permits or reservations.

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2016 Historic Preservation Awards

World War I - First Tennessee Infantry Monument in Percy Warner Park.  

Honorable Mention At the direction of Colonel Harry S. Berry, the Works Progress Administration constructed the granite monument in 1936 in the field where Berry’s regiment mobilized at Camp Andrew Jackson in 1917. The monument, which stands ten feet tall and six feet wide, was cleaned on site. The two large bronze plaques were removed for refinishing and reinstalled with new mounting hardware and decorative rosettes. The project team included Friends of Warner Parks, Schultz Monument Company and various crews from the Metro Parks Department, including the tree crew and grounds maintenance. The project was completed just in time for a re-dedication ceremony with the Tennessee Great War Commission. Today, the monument looks like new.  

Commissioner's Award - Friends of Two Rivers Mansion

Two Rivers Mansion is one of the best preserved early Italianate style houses in Middle Tennessee. David McGavock began building the mansion in 1859. The McGavock family inhabited Two Rivers for three generations until the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County purchased the property in 1965. The 14-acre tract, which includes the mansion and the “1802 House,” one of Nashville’s oldest brick houses, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and comprises the Two Rivers Mansion Historic Landmark District.

Through the efforts of the Donelson community and former Council Member Phil Claiborne, with assistance from Metro Parks and the Historical Commission, the Friends of Two Rivers Mansion formed in the fall of 2010, with a mission to protect, preserve, restore, and promote the use of Two Rivers Mansion. Since its inception, this dynamic group of volunteers has campaigned for capital improvement funding, but has actively worked to raise funds on its own to help alleviate certain costs for Metro Parks, such as establishing an exterior painting and repair fund for the house and funding staffing. The group’s strong track record has also inspired donors to underwrite smaller restoration projects. Also, the group has worked closely with Metro agencies to improve security at the site. More importantly, it is matching a grant from the Tennessee Historical Commission to fund a Master Plan for the property. By the end of 2016, when the process is complete, Metro Parks and the Friends group will have a 20-year phased plan that will provide guidance for improvements and programs to allow for the efficient use, development, and care of the property and buildings.

In addition, the formation of Friends of Two Rivers Mansion has helped to formalize programming at the mansion. Shortly after its founding, the organization began hosting several popular annual events including the Summer music series, “Music at the Mansion” and the “Phil the House with Art and Friends” open house. With the organization’s support, the historic home is now open seasonally for tours led by trained docents. The mansion remains a popular wedding venue, also. While programs at Two Rivers Mansion ultimately support restoration efforts at the site, the events have also reconnected the mansion to the Donelson community, making this “crown jewel” for the neighborhood a true destination for Nashville.

Visit the Friends of Two Rivers Mansion web site.

City Cemetery

Nashville City Cemetery Living History Tour

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