Davidson County, Tennessee

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Project Purpose

The purpose of this sub-project is to have a foundation for all things relating to Metro Nashville Davidson County, Tennessee. From cities, to citizens, to favorite tourist spots, to cemeteries, we aim to have it all here for you in one central location.

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"Davidson County is the oldest county in the 41-county region of Middle Tennessee. It dates to 1783, when the North Carolina legislature created the county and named it in honor of William Lee Davidson, a North Carolina general who was killed opposing General Cornwallis and the British Army's crossing of the Catawba River on February 1, 1781. The county seat, Nashville, is the oldest permanent European (white) settlement in Middle Tennessee, founded by James Robertson and John Donelson during the winter of 1779-80. The first white settlers established the Cumberland Compact in order to establish a basic rule of law and to protect their land titles. Through much of the early 1780s, the settlers also faced a hostile response from Native American tribes who resented their encroaching on their territory and competing for resources. As the county's many known archaeological sites attest, Native American cultures had occupied areas of Davidson County for thousands of years. The first whites to enter the area were fur traders. Long hunters came next, having learned about the large salt lick, known as French Lick, where they hunted game and traded with Native Americans." [1]

In 1765, Timothy Demonbreun, a French-Canadian fur-trader and former Governor of Illinois (under the French), lived in a small cave on the Cumberland River near present-day downtown Nashville. He became known as the first white citizen of Nashville, his children the first white children to be born in middle Tennessee.


Adjacent counties

Davidson County/Nashville in relation to others nearby
  1. Montgomery County (NW)
  2. Robertson County (N)
  3. Sumner County (NE)
  4. Wilson County (E)
  5. Rutherford County (SE)
  6. Williamson County (S)
  7. Hickman County (SW)
  8. Cheatham County (W)

Protected Areas

Rock Spring, on Natchez Trace
  1. Long Hunter State Park official site & Long Hunter on Wikimedia
  2. Harpeth River State Park
  3. Radnor Lake State Natural Area
  4. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
  5. Centennial Park
  6. Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
  7. Natchez Trace State Park - see also Natchez Trace State Park 360 Virtual Tour
  8. Natchez Trace Parkway, part of the Trail of Tears - See also Scenic Trace and Natchez Trace in Tennessee

Registered Historic Sites

The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson
  1. Nashville Parks and Recreation, Historic Sites
  2. Hodge House, in Percy Warner Park, a preserved home built by the Hodge family around 1811.
  3. The Historic Belmont Mansion, historic Italian-style plantation home , built in 1853
  4. The Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon
  5. The Hermitage, home of U.S. President Andrew Jackson.
  6. The Historic Belle Meade Plantation, began operations in 1806, a site of farm operations and slave holding
  7. Fort Nashborough, once a source of protection against Indians, for new settlers [2]
  8. Fort Negley, the largest fort built in the United States during the Civil War [3]
  9. Stone Hall, a Colonial revival home
  10. Two Rivers Mansion, built in 1859, one of the best preserved historic homes in Tennessee
  11. Nashville City Cemetery, Opened in 1822; the oldest continuously operated public cemetery in Nashville; many notable interments.

Historical Events

  1. Nashville Tornado of 2008
  2. Tennessee Flood of 2010
  3. Battle of Nashville
Nashville Wharf, Cumberland River, just after the Civil War

Government Offices

  1. The Tennessee State Capitol Building
  2. City of Nashville


  1. Davidson County Demographics (comprehensive).



  1. City of Nashville, Davidson County, County Seat
  2. City of Belle Meade
  3. City of Berry Hill
  4. City of Forest Hills
  5. City of Goodlettsville
  6. City of Oak Hill
  7. City of Ridgetop

Community Common Places

  1. Nashville International Airport
  2. Davidson County Cemeteries
  3. Davidson County Religious Institutions
  4. Davidson County Schools

Popular Attractions

  1. Nashville is Music City, USA , the home of country music, home of Country Music Association Awards, and Home of CMA Festival
  2. Music City Center
  3. Ryman Auditorium
  4. Grand Old Opry
  5. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  6. Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators, host to many events including SEC Men's Basketball
  7. Home of Iroquois Steeplechase
  8. Home of the National Football League team, the Tennessee Titans
  9. Home of the National Hockey League team, the Nashville Predators
  10. Home of the Minor League Baseball team, The Nashville Sounds
  11. The Historic Union Station Hotel
  12. Tennessee State Museum
  13. Tennessee Performing Arts Center
  14. Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
  15. Nashville Children's Theatre
  16. Nashville Symphony

County Records

Census Records

  1. Partial TN Census/Tax List from 1787-1791 - taken from North Carolina Land Grants [4]
  2. 1860 Davidson County Census

Estate/Probate Records

  1. Wills and Probate, a selection ranging from 1793 to 1925

Land Records from 1778 to 1805

  1. North Carolina land grants in Tennessee
  2. Davidson County Land Records-Vol. A 1784-1787
  3. Davidson County Land Records-Vol. B 1794-1804
  4. Davidson County Land Records-Vol. C 1791-1796
  5. Davidson County Land Records-Vol. D 1796-1798
  6. Davidson County Land Records-Vol. E 1798-1802
  7. Davidson County Land Records-Vol. F 1803-1805

Court Records from 1784 to 1816

  1. Davidson County Court Records-Vol. 1 1784-1794
  2. Davidson County Court Records-Vol. 2 1794-1804
  3. Davidson County Court Records-Vol. 3 1805-1809
  4. Davidson County Court Records-Vol. 4 1809-1816

Church records

Tennessee Bible Records Project

  1. Tennessee State Library and Archives, Bible Project, index


  1. Abstracts from Methodist Publications, a selection of obituaries from 1833-1929

Voter/Citizenship Records

Tax Lists

Military Service Records

Davidson County, TN, Military Records;

County Resources

  1. TN GENWeb
  2. Davidson County on Family Search
  3. Davidson County on Wikipedia
  4. Davidson County Official website
  5. Davidson County on Wikipedia
  6. Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County official site

Related Categories

  1. Nashville, Tennessee on WikiTree
  2. Belle Meade, Tennessee
  3. Forest Hills, Tennessee
  4. Berry Hill, Tennessee
  5. Goodlettsville, Tennessee
  6. Oak Hill, Tennessee
  7. Ridgetop, Tennessee


  1. Davidson County, Tennessee. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Davidson County, Tennessee
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Wikipedia
  4. North Carolina Land Grants

See also

Images: 6
TN Map Showing Davidson County
TN Map Showing Davidson County

Davidson County Courthouse
Davidson County Courthouse

Davidson County, Tennessee
Davidson County, Tennessee

The Historic Belle Meade Plantation
The Historic Belle Meade Plantation

Replica of Fort Nashborough
Replica of Fort Nashborough

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On 13 May 2016 at 21:03 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Very nice Summer!