For today’s tour of Nashville’s unique neighborhoods, we turn our attention to the remarkable Germantown. As Nashville’s first and oldest subdivision, Germantown has been in existence for more than a century and a half. Established as a Revolutionary War land grant to James McGavock, Germantown was established around 1850, with houses dating back to the 1830s. Few buildings exist in Nashville today that can claim such heritage, and Germantown was saved from demolition in the 1970s. Major efforts to restore deteriorating buildings and homes back to their original glory have been remarkably successful through the recent decades, and Germantown has become one of the crown jewels in Nashville’s successful ventures to claim and restore historic neighborhoods.
Located just north of downtown Nashville, Germantown is home to quite a bevy of local eateries and shops, and visitors and locals alike can find a wide variety to choose from, from the venerable Monell’s serving family-style meals for the past 20 years to the lauded Rolf & Daughters, named one of America’s best new restaurants by Bon Appetit.
Nearby are also fabulous venues helping to make Nashville what it is today – a refreshing mix of traditional and trendy. The Nashville Farmers’ Market, whose earliest version rivals even Germantown itself with roots going back to the early 1800s, houses a wide variety of fresh produce, meats and wares from local farmers and artisans. Open year-round, the Nashville Farmers’ Market is also home to a flea market and notable local restaurants.
Also nearby is the Bicentennial Mall, a state park that honors Tennessee’s history and wealth of natural resources. Built to commemorate Tennessee’s bicentennial anniversary in 1996, this park is a wonderful place to relax, learn about our state’s history and enjoy the local community that surrounds it.
Both visitors and residents will also agree that the new First Tennessee Park, the new home of the Nashville Sounds, will be sure to ring in its first season this year in style. Located within walking distance of Germantown, this ballpark honors both the history of Greer Stadium, the Sounds’ home since 1978 and Sulphur Dell, the historic baseball park in Nashville that first opened in 1870.
With its feet firmly planted in its European immigrant roots, Germantown is a wonderful place to enjoy Nashville through its history, its people and its future. We hope you enjoy this spotlight on Germantown, the popular and historic Nashville neighborhood. Not many cities can claim it, but Nashville certainly can: We’re a city where everyone’s your neighbor.