20 interesting places in Nashville you might not know about

By Editor on 16th Jul 2020

Looking for new places in Nashville to see or visit that you may not have come across before? Don’t miss this list, courtesy of Atlas Obscura.com

Timothy Demonbreun’s Cave
Not much more than a wide crack in the rock on the Cumberland River, Timothy Demonbreun’s Cave actually served as a makeshift home for the locally famous fur-trapper, as he lived among the 650,000+ Native Americans of various tribes that called Tennessee home.

Derelict Tennessee Prison
The Tennessee State Prison was largely constructed by convict labor and opened in 1898. Resembling a medieval castle, the massive building sits high atop a bluff overlooking the Cumberland River and West Nashville. It operated as a prison until 1992.

George Boedecker’s Sculpture Garden
CROC’s shoes co founder, George Boedecker JR has created a sculpture menagerie in the neighborhood of Bellevue. A tiger, bear and other sculptures are on display around the property. Surrounded by trees, a pond, and trail this it’s truly a sight to behold. Boedecker plans to expand the driveway to make the area more accessible to visitors, whilst adding more dinosaurs.

Hermitage Hotel Men’s Washrooms
This lush art deco bathroom is walled in gleaming lime-green-and-black leaded glass tiles, has lime-green fixtures, terrazzo flooring, and features a two-seat shoeshine station. Lest the beauty of the Hermitage’s septic architecture be lost on the fairer sex, the hotel now gladly welcomes women in to feast their eyes on the historic latrine.

Ryman Alley
Walking from the Gates of the Ryman Auditorium to the back door of Tootsies Orchard Lounge is, for country music fans, akin to a short but holy pilgrimage. It’s hard to fathom just how many country music superstars have passed between the Ryman Auditorium and Tootsies over the years. Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Chet Atkins, and Hank Williams are just a few of the famous musicians to walk this alley. According to legends, the alley between the venues actually became a venue itself. During the 1950s, two young boys would sing and play guitar to Opry stars passing by in hopes of catching their attention. Night after night they played the alley, honing their craft and hoping for a break. That break came when Chet Atkins happened to pass by and offered the boys a chance to perform with him on stage at the Opry that night. They were only too happy to do so, and went on to achieve stardom of their own as the Everly Brothers.

For the full fascinating list go to atlasobscura

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