Call on the Archaeologists!

They’re talking about moving Fort Nashborough. And, in such discussions, they say:

It’s unknown if the current location is historically accurate. The original fort may have been 50 yards closer to where the courthouse is currently located. The historic records are not clear, said Owens.

But it sure seems like archaeologists could help give a good guess. Plus, it would be helpful if we could know any creeks that used to be downtown. We’d need a sense of where they were getting their fresh water from. It makes sense that the fort would have been closer to where the courthouse is, if only because the courthouse is on much higher ground than Fort Nashborough. But it seems like we could unleash a horde of archaeologists to dig along the river and help us better know. Those people had to shit somewhere and that has to leave a trail.

Find the outhouse, find the fort!

Why, yes, I am available to make slogans for archaeology t-shirts, why do you ask?

5 thoughts on “Call on the Archaeologists!

  1. If I understand Paul Clements correctly, the site of the original pioneer village actually may have been more like the area of the Stockyard or thereabouts. I think Paul’s research indicates they built their first structures near a spring (long since channeled underground) that ran down from around Sulphur Dell.

    I’m going from memory of discussions with Paul about all this, so I may have his work all wrong. I do feel sure that whenever he publishes the book on early Nashville that he has been working on for so many years, his account of where the fort stood will be as close to the final word as we can hope for.

  2. Tom, that would make sense–near a source of fresh water, near a known spot large prey gather. My only concern would be whether it was out of the flood plain.

    Plus, i have searched and I cannot find a source for it, but I read someplace that the folks at Eaton’s Station (roughly where Lock One was) could see… Wait a second.

  3. Nope, damn it, I can’t find it. But I read someplace that the folks at Eaton’s Station could see “French Lick Station” i.e. Fort Nashborough. For that to be true, it seems like the fort would have had to have been farther north to be visible, just because of how the river bends.

  4. “Seeing” could mean seeing the smoke from the fires rather than the physical structures.

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