Abandon State Prison

State Prison – Nashville

Tennessee State Prison 9-2019 Tours de Nash

This prison’s 120-year history is marked with fame and infamy. The same place that served as the setting of “The Green Mile” also held MLK’s assassin for a time.

Author: Elizabeth Sims – Published: 3:26 PM EST 11 – 16 – 2018

Updated: 3:05 PM EDT July 30, 2019

Nashville, Tenn. — The Tennessee State Prison was opened on Feb. 12, 1898, just outside Nashville.

Built on a little over 1,200 acres for around a half a million dollars, construction took several years because each stone on the structure was handmade. Tool marks are still visible today.

“Each mark in those stones is the swing of an arm,” said Chris Haley, the statewide facility maintenance manager for the Tennessee Department of Correction.

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The Tennessee State Prison was opened on Feb. 12, 1898 just outside Nashville. Photo by Elizabeth Sims.

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The Tennessee State Prison was forced to close in June 1992 after a federal lawsuit and court ruling found it to be overcrowded and unsanitary. Photo by Elizabeth Sims.

Built on a little over 1,200 acres for around a half a million dollars, construction took several years because each stone on the structure was handmade. Tool marks are still visible…

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A look through the bars of cell block three at the Tennessee State Prison, which once housed MLK’s assassin, James Earl Ray. Photo by Elizabeth Sims.

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It was the setting of several movies like “The Green Mile” and “Walk The Line,” and a number of singers, like Eric Church, have filmed music videos at the site. Photo by…

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An inmate painted this mural with permission from officers. It was half-finished when he was paroled. He was able to finish the mural when he returned to the prison after a parole…

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Housing unit six was the death row block. However, it became an honor dorm when the death penalty was banned. Photo by Elizabeth Sims.

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The prison was designed to hold 800 inmates, but the department wasted no time exceeding this limit by incarcerating around 1,200 people on opening day. Photo by…

The first prisoner was a Madison County tailor named W.G. Cook, who made his own uniform, according to an article from TDOC’s Correction Courier.

Inmates were expected to work in the farmlands, mills and factories on site. At one point, a train track ran through the grounds to load up the goods produced by prisoners.

The six foot by eight foot cells, which were designed to house one person, often held at least two inmates. Some even had four crammed inside.

The cell block housing units were five stories tall. TDOC chief interdiction officer Dan Strickland, who started his career at the prison in 1975, remembers climbing all of those stairs day after day in the un-air-conditioned building.

“It was hot in the summer and it was hot in the winter,” Strickland said. “By the end of the day, you were ready to go home, take a shower, eat and go to bed.”

The conditions in the prison were hard on inmates and officer alike.

The Tennessee State Prison was forced to close in June 1992 after a federal lawsuit and court ruling found it to be overcrowded and unsanitary.

Strickland said the closing prompted several changes in TDOC, especially in regards to acknowledging prisoners’ needs. He said Tennessee is now a leader in rehabilitation and work release programs for inmates.

“I guess they think everybody’s locked up all the time. That’s not the case,” Strickland said. “It’s an honor for them to be out of their cells and working.”

The closing also brought about more structure, better population management, better programs and better living conditions.

During its 120-year history, the prison has hosted both the famous and the infamous.

It was the setting of several movies like “The Green Mile” and “Walk The Line,” and a number of singers, like Eric Church, have filmed music videos at the site.

On the other hand, cell block three once housed James Earl Ray, who assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.

Despite its impressive architecture and rich history, it is not safe to enter the prison because of asbestos and other health concerns. Haley stresses it is still structurally sound.

Although, visitors are able to see the grounds for the annual Run the Green Mile 5K, which supports the historical fund.

TDOC officials say while the prison no longer houses inmates, the property overall is not abandoned and still used by the department.

Explore the rest of the series, and suggest other places for us to visit. 

Reporter’s note: Though many of these buildings are unused and empty, they sit on private property that is still actively used in some cases. DO NOT attempt to unlawfully enter any of these places without permission. Many of them are structurally unsound and pose potential health hazards, like asbestos and lead paint. 10News contacted all owners prior to visiting.

DANCIN’ IN THE DISTRICT 2019

Dancin' in the district Nashville TN October 2019

OCTOBER 10, 2019

https://www.nashvillesdancin.com/ 

Dancin’ in the District was Nashville’s premiere concert series that brought music back to Music City. After being held in the alleys of downtown Nashville for two years, the event eventually upgraded to the banks of Riverfront Park. Held in the heart of Nashville for over a decade, this free event helped define this city’s music community. Early acts included Wilco, Cake, Steve Earle, and many more. The beloved music series returned to Riverfront Park as “Nashville Dancin’” during the summers of 2013 & 2014 when original creator, Tom Morales, began work restoring the historic Acme Farm Store Building nearby on Lower Broadway. The event is curated to feature artists that appeal to a wide range of tastes, local retail vendors, and food and drink that highlights the best that Nashville culture.

Before Live On The Green and Musicians Corner, there was another free concert series that absolutely ruled Music City summers: Dancin’ In The District.From 1993 to 2005, it brought thousands of music lovers to Riverfront Park on Thursday nights — at a time when little else was bringing anybody to Lower Broadway.
Today, you’ll often hear “Dancin'” mentioned in the same breath as Opryland and Starwood Amphitheater when longtime locals talk about what they miss most in Nashville.

Well, miss it no more. “Dancin’ In The District” is back — if only for one night.

OCTOBER 10, 2019

Tennessee State Capitol

A MUST STOP FOR VISITORS TO NASHVILLE

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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.

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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]

Goo Goo Cluster Christie Cookie

Christie Cookie Goo Goos & Goo Goo Christie Cookies

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

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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

Prince’s Hot Chicken

Prince’s Hot Chicken
Yee-Haw Beer
Downtown Nashville

The Original Nashville Hot Chicken Joint, Prince’s Hot Chicken, has now opened a new location downtown Nashville at the Yee-Haw Beer location.

Yee-Haw Beer Nashville TN - 423 6th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Yee-Haw Beer Nashville TN – 423 6th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Prince's Hot Chicken Nashville Downtown
Prince’s Hot Chicken Nashville Downtown – Yee-Haw Beer

They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned …

but some folks like a little heat, including Thorton Prince – the father of Nashville’s hot chicken.
Even in the height of the Great Depression, Thorton Prince knew how to have a good time. He enjoyed the nightlife and had a well-earned reputation as being quite the ladies’ man. Of course, one person who was not too thrilled with that reputation was his steady girl.
While we don’t know if Prince came home one night with a faint hint of perfume or a smudge of lipstick on his collar, we do know that after another one of Prince’s nights out, his scorned lover wanted revenge.
And using Prince’s love of fried chicken as bait, she concocted the perfect recipe.

Instead of a lecture the next morning, Prince awoke to the sizzlin’ smell of fried chicken. The trap set, Prince’s jilted lover served up a plate of homemade fried chicken. Without noticing the devilish amount of peppers and spices she had sprinkled on the chicken, Prince dug in. Much to her dismay, Prince didn’t fall over weeping in pain. Nope, he asked for seconds, and, at that moment, the legend was born.

Prince perfected the recipe for Hot Chicken and opened up a restaurant – Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. Almost 100 years later, a lot has changed in Nashville. But not Prince’s. Thorton Prince’s great niece, Ms. Andre Prince Jeffries, is still serving the legendary dish that Nashvillians crave. In the last few years, the hot chicken trend has caught on like wildfire throughout the South, but Prince’s Hot Chicken is the original and remains the gold standard for hot chicken.

Prince's Hot Chicken Downtown Nashville
Prince’s Hot Chicken Downtown Nashville. Yee-Haw Beer 423 6th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Yee-Haw has the BEERS:

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Welcome to a stunning array of world-class flavors inspired by proven champions among classic beer styles. We pay homage to the icons with our own inimitable style, with outstanding results.

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Nashville Construction June 2019

June 2019 – There are now 187 major construction projects in the Nashville area. Data shows 70+Active Cranes. What’s Cookin’ Nashville

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Crane Watch: The Big Map of Projects

An interactive feature tracking the development frenzy in Davidson County.

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“Some parts of downtown are zoned for high buildings, and some are zoned for mid-rise or low-rise buildings and that’s just appropriate calibration for each neighborhood and what it needs,” Priest said.

Much of the new development is going South of Broadway. The neighborhood known as “SoBro” will look shockingly different in the coming months. There are at least seven new hotels going up in the area around Music City Center, some of them more than 20 stories tall.

“The amount of stuff that’s happened and how fast it’s happened is head-spinning, even for us here, I’d say,” said Adam Sichko with the Nashville Business Journal, which keeps close tabs on new development with Crane Watch. “People very suddenly noticed traffic is getting worse, cost of living is rising and that building that was there and was torn down … now there’s a five or 10 or 15-story building in its place. People are uncomfortable with the pace of change as much as anything.”

Radnor Lake Nashville

Radnor Lake What's Cookin' Nashville
Nashville isn’t just Honky -Tonks. Plan a hike at Nashville’s in city State Park “Radnor Lake” Located in the center of one of Nashville’s most beautiful neighborhoods.

About the Park

Radnor Lake State Park is a 1,368-acre park and is protected as a Class II Natural Area. It is unique due to the abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities, environmental education programs, hiking opportunities and its location in an urban area. The park is day-use only and the more than six miles of trail are strictly used for hiking, photography and wildlife observation. Pets, jogging and bicycles are only allowed on the Otter Creek Road trail. The Lake Trail is accessible to people with all-terrain wheelchairs.

The park is perfect for nature enthusiasts to observe owls, herons and water fowl as well as many species of amphibians, reptiles and mammals such as mink and otter. Hundreds of species of wildflowers, mosses, fungi, ferns and other plants as well as trees, shrubs and vines add to the natural ecological diversity of the area. Several ranger-led programs are planned throughout the year including canoe floats, wildflower walks, astronomy night hikes, nature hikes, programs on snakes, off-trail land acquisition hikes and birds of prey.

Park Office / Visitor Center

1160 Otter Creek Road
Nashville, TN 37220
615-373-3467

https://tnstateparks.com/parks/radnor-lake

Thursday – Monday 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM Tuesday and Wednesday Closed *Visitor Center is closed from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM for lunch

Nashville Tours

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We want you to make the most of your Nashville vacation, so we’ve come up with a tool that’ll help you plan before you go and discover even more once you get there. Our easy-to-use interactive map will help you maximize your Trolley Tour experience, so you won’t miss all the excitement that Nashville has to offer! And since it works great on mobile devices, you’ll have all the information you need during your trip, right in your pocket.
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As the vibrant capital of Tennessee, Nashville has earned several monikers over the years. Once a sparsely settled trading post founded in 1779, the cosmopolitan city is now a popular tourist destination. A leading center of higher education for more than 100 years, it was dubbed the Athens of the South in the 19th century. Because of its reputation as a mecca for singers and songwriters as well as its music publishing industry, Nashville is also heralded as the Country Music Capital of the World. The area centered on the intersection of Second Avenue and Broadway is a popular destination for locals and tourists with its shopping, dining and entertainment venues.

Trolley departs at 9:00 am daily.
Country Music Hall of Fame: Daily 9:00am – 5:00pm.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
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Sundays through Thursdays: 7pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 7pm and 7:45pm

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Nashville Parthenon

The Parthenon stands proudly as the centerpiece of Centennial Park, Nashville’s premier urban park. The re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece. The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals. – Website

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Originally built for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition, this replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece serves as a monument to what is considered the pinnacle of classical architecture. The plaster replicas of the Parthenon Marbles found in the Naos are direct casts of the original sculptures, which adorned the pediments of the Athenian Parthenon dating back to 438 B.C. The originals of these powerful fragments are housed in the British Museum in London.

The Parthenon also serves as Nashville’s art museum. The focus of the Parthenon’s permanent collection is a group of 63 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists donated by James M. Cowan. Additional gallery spaces provide a venue for a variety of temporary shows and exhibits.

We hope you will read our detailed timeline of the history of the Nashville Parthenon

Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Hours and Location

The mission of Nashville Zoo is to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership.

Nashville Zoo is a progressive and dynamic zoological park serving Middle Tennessee, southern Kentucky and hundreds of thousands of tourists that travel to Nashville every year.

Since opening its doors in 1991, the Zoo has grown from a small, private operation in Cheatham County to an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facility with international conservation involvement. Over 960,000 visitors come to Nashville Zoo annually, making us one of the top attractions in Middle Tennessee.

 

ZOO AT A GLANCE (2017):

  • Animal Species: 375
  • Individual Animals: 2,675
  • Annual Attendance: 964,760
  • 36,510 membership households
  • More than 48,500 school children visiting as part of their education
  • More than 2,500 volunteers contributing more than 41,000 hours