11 Fun Facts about Nashville

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11 Fun Facts about Nashville



  1. Nashville was founded on Christmas Eve 1779.
  2. The DoubleTree cookies are made in Nashville.  Yep, the oh-so-yummy DoubleTree cookies are in fact Christie’s Cookies – a famous Nashville cookie company.
  3. The AT&T Tower downtown is nicknamed the ‘Batman Building’ due to its resembles of bat ears.
  4. Centennial Park is home to the only replica of the Greek Parthenon.
  5. In addition, a sculpture of Athena Parthenos inside the Parthenon is the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western World – standing 42 feet high.
  6. Theodore Roosevelt coined the phrase ‘good to the last drop’ after drinking a cup of locally produced coffee in Nashville at the Maxwell House Hotel.
  7. Tennessee’s Capital Building is one of the oldest operating capitols in America and its tower is designed after the monument of Lysicrates in Athens, Greece.  James. K Polk and his wife are buried on the grounds of the capitol, as well as the architect, William Strickland.
  8. Iroquois was the first American horse to win the English Derby in 1881.  Nashville still honors this famous horse by hosting the annual Iroquois Steeplechase on the second Saturday of May.  Other famous horses bred at Belle Meade Plantation include War Admiral, Seabiscuit, and  Secretariat.
  9. In 1941, Nashville was the first city in the country to be granted a FM-broadcasting license.
  10. GooGoos are an iconic candy loved by Nashvillians.  Made of peanuts, caramel, marshmallow and milk chocolate, GooGoos were founded in 1901 and it is believed that GOO stands for Grand Ole Opry.
  11. Elvis recorded over 200 of his songs at RCA’s historic Studio B on Music Row.  A string of Christmas lights still hangs in the studio to this day.  These lights were put up when Elvis had a hard time getting in the holiday spirit while recording a Christmas album.
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  2. Andrea

    August 14, 2015 at 7:03 AM

    I know for a fact that I love hot chicken- a Nashville staple!! 🙂

  3. Lauren

    August 15, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Really fun tidbits about Nashville! I’ve never been but would love to visit someday. It’s always fun learning some trivia about places that only locals would seem to know! 🙂

  4. Jolanta | Casual Traveler

    August 15, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    You have to send me some DoubleTree cookies. I’m not sure I know what they are, but if you say they’re famous, then I believe you. Other than that, I was thinking of taking my MIL there again some time (she’s a huge Elvis fan), but hubby doesn’t necessarily want to go, since he’s not (an Elvis fan). I’d like to see Athena, though. Is there a glass pyramid somewhere there as well?

  5. Zita

    August 16, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    I was in Nashville for CMA Fest this year and absolutely loved everything about the city!!!! The goo goo biscuits… O.M.G!!

  6. Connie Reed

    August 19, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    I’ve been to Nashville a few times, but didn’t know any of these facts except the Batman Building and the Greek Parthenon.

  7. Paula McInerney

    August 23, 2015 at 6:17 AM

    I didn’t know about ‘good to the last drop’ but I am sure I can drop that into a conversation.

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