Tennessee State Capitol


Tennessee State Capitol Nashville TN
Tennessee State Capitol 8-2019
Tours: Monday through Friday
at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.,
Groups of ten or more should make a reservation prior to their visit by calling the Public Programs Department at (615) 741-0830 or toll-free (800) 407-4324.
The prominent Nashville hilltop site of what is now the Tennessee State Capitol was formerly occupied by the Holy Rosary Cathedral (no longer extant), the first Roman Catholic cathedral church in Nashville (with the Diocese of Nashville at that time once comprising the entire territory of the State of Tennessee).[3][4][5]
Tennessee State Capitol
The Tennessee State Capitol during the Civil War
The State Capitol was designed by renowned Philadelphia architect William Strickland, who modeled it after a Greek Ionic temple. The prominent lantern structure located above the roof line of the Tennessee state capitol is a design based upon the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens that honors the Greek god Dionysus doing battle with Tyrrhenian pirates.[6] The cornerstone of the Tennessee state capitol was itself laid on July 4, 1845 and the building was completed fourteen years later in 1859.[7]
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View from the capitol ca. 1865

The American Society of Civil Engineers has listed the building as a civil engineering landmark in recognition of its innovative construction, which made unusually extensive use of stone and was an early example of the use of structural iron. Both the interior and exterior are built with limestone from a quarry about 1-mile (1.6 km) from the site. Some interior columns were built from single pieces of stone, requiring massive wooden derricks to hoist them into place. Wrought iron, instead of wood, was used for the roof trusses to reduce the building’s vulnerability to fire.[8]

Tennessee State Capitol depicted on an 1864 Confederate $20 banknote
Tennessee State Capitol depicted on an 1864 Confederate $20 banknote

Commercial, convict, and slave labor were used in the project. Fifteen enslaved Black men worked on carving the Capitol’s limestone cellar from 1845 to 1847; Nashville stonemason A.G. Payne was paid $18 a month for their labor. It is believed to be “the most significant project where the [Tennessee] state government rented slave labor.”[9]

Strickland died five years before the building’s completion and was entombed in its northeast wall. His son, F. W. Strickland, supervised completion of the structure. William Strickland also designed the St. Mary’s Cathedral (located along the base of the capitol hill), as well as Downtown Presbyterian church located just a few blocks away from the state capitol.[4]

Samuel Dold Morgan (1798–1880), chairman of the State Building Commission overseeing the construction of the Tennessee State Capitol, is entombed in the southeast corner near the south entrance.



Monuments on the Capitol grounds include statues of two of the three Tennessee residents who served as President of the United States: Andrew Jackson by Clark Mills and Andrew Johnson by Jim Gray. The second President from Tennessee, James K. Polk, is buried in a tomb on the grounds, together with his wife, Sarah Childress Polk.[10][11] Other monuments on the grounds include the Sgt. Alvin C. York Memorial by Felix de Weldon, the Tennessee Holocaust Commission Memorial, the Sam Davis Memorial at the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds, the Sen. Edward Ward Carmack Memorial located above the Motlow Tunnel near the south entrance, and the Memorial to Africans during the Middle Passage at the southwest corner of Capitol grounds. The Charles Warterfield Reliquary is a group of broken limestone columns and fragments removed and saved from the State Capitol during the mid-1950s restoration, located near the northern belvedere on Capitol Drive.

The building has housed a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest thanks to Democratic state senator Douglas Henry since 1978.[12] The presence of the bust has been controversial since its dedication.[12] Legislation was proposed in 2017 towards moving it to the Tennessee State Museum.[13]

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The Goo Goo Christie Cookie Nashville Tennessee

Well…………. you just have to do it! Try Both!!!

The Dynamic Duo –  beloved Nashville brand, Christie Cookie & Goo Goo Clusters teamed up to create not one, but two delicious desserts! We like to share and so do our pals at Christie Cookie who are making a Goo Goo Cluster inspired cookie at their 12 South shop. Here at the Goo Goo Shop you can find a Christie Cookie inspired premium — both treats are available for a limited time from October 10-31, 2018.

The Goo Goo Cluster Christie Cookie — A classic Christie Cookie dough, made with real butter and brown sugar, is stuffed with more than enough pieces of chopped Original Goo Goo Clusters, bringing the classic combination of milk chocolate, marshmallow nougat, caramel & peanuts together in a perfect, chewy bite. Available exclusively in the Christie Cookie shop in 12 South, 2606 12th Ave S. ($3 per 2.5 oz cookie)

The Christie Cookie Goo Goo Cluster — The Christie Cookie Goo Goo Premium is a 4 oz. milk chocolate confection filled with fresh chocolate chip Christie Cookie pieces, brown sugar marshmallow cream, and maple bourbon caramel. Available exclusively in the Goo Goo Shop, 116 3rd Ave S in downtown Nashville and online


About Christie Cookie:
Christie Cookie was founded 35 years ago as a simple storefront in downtown Nashville. Today, Christie Cookie employs more than 100 people and produces more than 75 million cookies annually for restaurants, hotels, bakeries, corporate gifts and cookie fans all over the country. From its Germantown headquarters, Christie Cookie operates a bakery storefront where guests can visit and purchase freshly baked goods and merchandise. A second shop opened in summer 2018 in the 12 South neighborhood. The walk-up window offers a convenient stop for guests to grab their favorite cookies on the go. All Christie Cookie products are made with real butter, premium ingredients, and absolutely no artificial substitutes. Every batch of cookies is hand measured. christiecookies.com

About Goo Goo Cluster:
Goo Goo Cluster, America’s first combination candy bar, was invented in 1912 in a copper kettle at the Standard Candy in Nashville, TN. The unique confection is a roundish mound of caramel, marshmallow nougat, fresh roasted peanuts and real milk chocolate. In 2014, Goo Goo Cluster, LLC opened the Goo Goo Shop, its flagship store in downtown Nashville where Premium Goo Goos are made by hand daily in full view of visitors. The 4-ounce Premium confection comes in a variety of flavor combinations that rotate frequently. googoo.com