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NEW CHANGES  (click item to View)


New Photo of 930 Third Ave. Issac Paul Home (added 2/3/2010)


New photo of Carroll St.  (Added 12/26/08)

Old South Nashville Fire-houses on 2nd Ave and Wharf   Added 2/9/08






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A Photographic Collection of The Good Old Days

New View of Lafyette Street  at 4th Ave, So. Added 1/27/08

Carroll Street Seventh Baptist Church  -   Added  11/4/07

Demolition of Howard School Added 11/4/07


New Photos of  No.32 Rutledge Added 5/31/07

New Photos - 5th Ave. 900 block  --        Added         9/5/06

No. 9 Lindsley Ave.  Added 8/20/05

Home at 40 Rutledge added 8/20/05

Vandy Medical School 1900   Added 8/20/05

Vandy Medical School 1900   Added 8/20/05

New photo of  Ms. Mattie Sperry Price Added 7/27/05

New View of the University of Nashville Chancellor Home c. 1864      Added 7/25/05

New Photo of the Merritt Mansion on Humphreys Street   Added 6/21/05

New historical fact added to Wharf Ave. Photo - Added 6/21/05

Earlier Photo of No.31 Lindsley Ave.             Added 3/7/05

A Brief History of South Nashville

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 Welcome!    Here is South Nashville as we once knew it. This is a special Nashville history shown in photographs of the residential architecture of the old victorian section of the city. The years of the photos  will eventually range all the way from the Civil War era to the 1970's. The pages will show the easy going and friendly neighborhood where you felt at home and where you felt a sense of belonging. It was that time where you didn't lock your doors at night and sometimes even slept on the floor in front of the screen door to keep cool. It is that neighborhood where everyone knew their neighbors and even actually talked to them on summer afternoons. And even though that neighborhood still exists today to some extent, its not the same. But that magnifcent old neighborhood that we knew does still exist. It exists in our and our parent's scrapbooks, in our photo albums, and especially in our memories. It is these memories this web site wants to bring back for so many who have moved away and may have forgotten the beautiful old homes, most of which are now demolished, the playgrounds now covered by interstates and housing projects, the streets which may be now desolate dead-ends and commercialized,  the once serene shaded yards where we played as children, and where many of us even raised families. To once again see Hap Towne's Pie Wagon on Second Avenue, old Howard School, the street cars on Lindsley or the old Capitol Theater photographs may make us remember those good times and recall those people, ideals and things that we held dear.  Through these photo pages, it is hoped that they will bring back some of those memories for us and others who lived there and which made us what we are today.

These pages are mainly photographs of the homes, the streets, and the places located on and around Rutledge Hill, Howard School, the old University of Nashville, Carroll Street, 2nd Ave, Wharf Ave. and Lindsley Ave. The pages will also include the areas all the way from Hermitage Ave. to 8th Ave, South. And, they will include the areas all the way from Broad Street to Trimble Bottoms and Dudley Park. You may contribute photos to the site and be credited as the contributor. Just click on the contribute button at the bottom for details.  If there are people in the photos (and we hope there are), their names will be listed if known. The approximate year the photos were taken will be shown if they are known. The year of the photos is shown to give us a reference to how far we  have come in so little time.

Corner of Rutledge and Lea

Corner of Rutledge and Lea on Rutledge Hill -2002 - The original home was called  Rose Hill - It is one of the few remaining homes saved from demolition in the area. The house was originally built by Edmund Baxter, the brother to Jere Baxter, the railroad magnate.  Rose Hill was actually the portion to the rear of the present structure. Septima Sexta Rutledge added the front portion when the Rutledges acquired the property. It is believed Rose Hill faced onto Rutledge rather than Lea.     Note: Several Homes in the photo collection have interior scenes which can be seen by clicking on doorways, windows, fixtures, etc.  Many of the views which have landmarks, schools, and homes in the distance can be seen up close by clicking on them.  Happy Hunting...


A special thanks goes to the staff at the Friends of Nashville Metro Archives, the Tennessee State Library and Archives, and the Nashville Public Library. Through their efforts, many of the photos shown on the following web pages were located.

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