The stately limestone Greek Revival capitol building rises dramatically from its foundation on a picturesque hill in downtown Nashville. It appears today much as it did when it first opened in 1859 after 14 challenging years of construction. The capitol serves as a commanding tribute to the people of Tennessee and the crowning achievement of noted architect William Strickland, who died unexpectedly during the project and was buried in the north façade.
Inside the impressively appointed building, guests will find marble columns and elaborate light fixtures a range of fascinating artwork and artifact of the day on display. The building itself is a fine example of 19th century renderings as well as a testament to our growth as a nation. Magnificent statuary honoring Sam Davis, Sgt. Alvin York, and Presidents Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson as well as the tombs of President and Mrs. James K. Polk are situated on the Capitol grounds as well. Guided tours are available Monday through Friday on the hour.
P.S. Don’t forget to ask your chaperone about the bullet hole in the stone rail of the main stairs!