11 Fun Facts about Nashville

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Looking to visit Music City? Definitely brush up on the facts about what makes Nashville unique! Here are 11 fascinating and fun facts about Nashville!

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Nashville was founded on Christmas Eve 1779.

The DoubleTree cookies are made in Nashville.  Yep, the oh-so-yummy DoubleTree cookies are in fact Christie’s Cookies – a famous Nashville cookie company.

The AT&T Tower downtown is nicknamed the ‘Batman Building’ due to its resembles of bat ears.

Centennial Park is home to the only replica of the Greek Parthenon.

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In addition, a sculpture of Athena Parthenos inside the Parthenon is the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western World – standing 42 feet high.

Theodore Roosevelt coined the phrase ‘good to the last drop’ after drinking a cup of locally produced coffee in Nashville at the Maxwell House Hotel.

Tennessee’s Capitol Building is one of the oldest operating capitols in America and its tower is designed after the monument of Lysicrates in Athens, Greece.  James. K Polk and his wife are buried on the grounds of the capitol, as well as the architect, William Strickland.

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Iroquois was the first American horse to win the English Derby in 1881.  Nashville still honors this famous horse by hosting the annual Iroquois Steeplechase on the second Saturday of May.  Other famous horses bred at Belle Meade Plantation include War Admiral, Seabiscuit, and  Secretariat.

In 1941, Nashville was the first city in the country to be granted an FM-broadcasting license.

GooGoos are an iconic candy loved by Nashvillians.  Made of peanuts, caramel, marshmallow and milk chocolate, GooGoos was founded in 1901 and it is believed that GOO stands for Grand Ole Opry.

Elvis recorded over 200 of his songs at RCA’s historic Studio B on Music Row.  A string of Christmas lights still hangs in the studio to this day.  These lights were put up when Elvis had a hard time getting in the holiday spirit while recording a Christmas album.

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Have you ever been to Nashville?  What other facts do you know?

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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Andrea

    I know for a fact that I love hot chicken- a Nashville staple!! 🙂

  2. Lauren

    Really fun tidbits about Nashville! I’ve never been but would love to visit someday. It’s always fun learning some trivia about places that only locals would seem to know! 🙂

  3. You have to send me some DoubleTree cookies. I’m not sure I know what they are, but if you say they’re famous, then I believe you. Other than that, I was thinking of taking my MIL there again some time (she’s a huge Elvis fan), but hubby doesn’t necessarily want to go, since he’s not (an Elvis fan). I’d like to see Athena, though. Is there a glass pyramid somewhere there as well?

    1. Allie

      They are walnut chocolate chip I believe. That’s enough of a reason to stay at a DoubleTree hotel. They give them to you when you check in.
      Elvis and Graceland are in Memphis, TN – about 4 hours away. Glass pyramid there also.
      The Parthenon is definitely worth seeing. In fact there is also an art gallery under it.

  4. Zita

    I was in Nashville for CMA Fest this year and absolutely loved everything about the city!!!! The goo goo biscuits… O.M.G!!

  5. Connie Reed

    I’ve been to Nashville a few times, but didn’t know any of these facts except the Batman Building and the Greek Parthenon.

  6. Paula McInerney

    I didn’t know about ‘good to the last drop’ but I am sure I can drop that into a conversation.

  7. Allie

    Thanks so much for the list. I drive for Uber and Lyft and I love to tell people about the city I love. I will add a couple of these points to my repertoire.

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