Just south of downtown Nashville is a small gem of Civil Was history, Fort Negley. Built in 1862 by Union forces at the cost of $130,000 using slave labor. Originally built to protect the city of Nashville, it was never used in battle, The Battle of Nashville was fought further south. After the Civil War the fort was abandoned and forgotten for years until the 1930’s when the fort was restored but quickly forgotten again due to the outbreak of WWII. In 2004 the fort was finally opened to the public again as an educational park. 2007 saw the opening of the visitors center.
The Fort Negley park features a paved and gravel walking trails and interpretive signs exploring the role that Nashville and the state of Tennessee played during the Civil War. The park is not a hands on fort, you are only allowed to view the fort from the trails, but if your interested in the Civil War this park should be fun to enjoy. It was hard to get a sense of how the fort was laid out, even with the help of the signs, there doesn’t seem to be much left of the fort and the little that is left is fast deteriorating. If you’re in the area, this park would be good for a quick walk, but there is really not enough here to go out of your way to visit.
Next week I explore various Nashville area parks and the autumn colors that visited us briefly.