Fort Negley is a nice stop to escape the car. Free, nice path to stretch the legs on, a little Civil War history, and an informative visitor center. Not the greatest attraction in Nashville. However, if you are in a pinch to get the kids out and about Fort Negley will get the job done.
There is not a whole lot left of Fort Negley. When it was first developed by Union forces to protect the transportation hub that was Nashville. Fort Negley was the largest inland stone fortification built during the Civil War. The fort’s size and guns discouraged the South from attacks throughout the Civil War. The fort was then reconstructed during the Great Depression by the WPA, but once again deteriorated over time as officially closed to the public in the 60s. Only to be brought back to life in 2002 by the city of Nashville.
Now what remains of Fort Negley is only a few partial walls. Though if you like history especially Civil war history you will enjoy a visit here. There is plenty of information around the fort about the place. The visitor center has a short video explaining the cause and creation of the fort. There is also a nice view of Nashville from the top of the fort remains.
Located at 1100 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN
Hours of Operation Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Friday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 am. To 4:00 p.m. The fort itself is opened from dawn to dusk daily.
Cost as of this Posting: Free
For more information visit their website at http://www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Historic-Sites/Fort-Negley/History.aspx
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