This town dates back to 1797, when the state of Tennessee was just one year old. The story goes that William Nolen and his family were traveling through the area when his wagon broke down. Stopping to fix it, Nolen noticed the abundant game and clean water and decided to travel no further. He purchased a large piece of property and began dividing lots for the town that still bears his name, and it was officially incorporated in 1838.
This sleepy agricultural community suffered heavily during the Civil War, supplying the Confederate Army with its young men and bearing the impact of skirmishes as troops from both sides made their way to the Battle of Stones River in 1862. Following the war, the town slowly rebuilt despite destruction and limited labor. Nolensville Road became a major route between Chapel Hill and Nashville, which brought stagecoach traffic and the need for hotels and businesses in town. Today, it's still a small, rural community, re-incorporated in 1996 and looking forward to future growth as it preserves its village heritage.
Tennessee Back Roads and Country Fun
Traveling between Chattanooga and Nashville can be a real treat if you make a few stops for fun along the way. Take me there »
Date: May 18, 2013
Bicentennial Capitol Mall hosts Walk Me Home
Location: Nashville, TN
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