Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Inglewood and East Nashville links

by Debie Cox

I am a ninth generation Nashvillian.  The heart of Nashville, for me, is East Nashville. My maternal great-great grandfather, William S. Hunt, moved to East Nashville about 1855.  Since that time, William S. Hunt has continually been represented in East Nashville, by some of his descendants.  My daddy's family came to East Nashville about 1917.   I grew up in the same Northeast Nashville neighborhood that my daddy was brought up in.  My parents house on Meridian St. and my grandparents house on Pennock Ave. were less than a block apart.   After marrying in 1969, my husband and I, lived in Northeast and East Nashville and moved to Inglewood in 1978.  East Nashville has a fascinating history.  Researching the communities and people on the East side has been a hobby over the years. I hope you will enjoy reading about the people and places of East Nashville.

Inglewood and East Nashville links on The Nashville History Blog.
Mrs. Clark's School, East Nashville.
Mrs. M. E. Clark Select School for Young Ladies was located near the intersection of Scott and Greenwood Avenues. The Victorian, Queen Anne style house had turrets and towers, with bay windows,  and a large wrap around porch. 
Memoirs of Litton Hickman
Edwin Litton Hickman was born August 4, 1875, son of John Pryor and Kate Litton Hickman. The home in which the Judge was born and where he lived most of his life was on Gallatin Road near the site of the present East Nashville YMCA. The home had been built by his parents on land that had formerly belonged to his maternal grandfather Isaac Litton. He served Davidson County for many years as County Judge.
General William White
  In December of 1822, General White purchased 200 acres of land in Davidson County, the western section of pioneer settler Zachariah Stull's preemption grant.  White built a two story brick home on his land, near the Dickerson Road, about two miles from Nashville.
Jeff McCarn House
Judge Jeff McCarn lived in this house at 808 McCarn Street near Porter Road.
 Inglewood Trivia. 
A few tidbits of Inglewood history.
Lynnlawn and the Stratton family
 The drive of the home was said to have been lined with lynn trees and the Stratton family named their home Lynnlawn.  The two story brick house had 18 rooms and ceilings on the first floor were 17 and one half feet high.  The large main hall and curving staircase was very much like that in the Hermitage, home of Andrew and Rachel Jackson.  
Inglewood - Just where do we live? 
I wrote this in response to a question on the Inglewood listserve awhile back. A newcomer to Inglewood was confused by all the names that can be applied to the area and asked, "Just where do we live." it's sort of jumbled, with little editing, but I decided to share.
Gallatin Pike - Businesses and Residents
Inglewood City Directory Listings along Gallatin Pike, 1950 - 1980
This link is to a compilation of address listings along Gallatin Pike from the city limits in 1950 at Cahal/Carolyn out to just past where Briley Parkway crosses Gallatin Pike today. Because the directories were split into city and suburban by 1960 the listings start at Litton Avenue in that year and at McGavock Pike in the following years.
Inglewood Fire Department 1927
In 1927 the Inglewood Fire Department was at 3303 Gallatin Pk. on the west side of road, between the railroad trestle and Home Rd.  
 Litton School Zone
Litton School Zone - Inglewood/East Nashville by Betty Hadley, 1981
A history of Inglewood and East Nashville
Riverside Drive
I wrote this article for a local newspaper, "The Nashville Retrospect." It was published in the September 2011 issue. The following is the final draft of the story and may differ from the published article. - Debie Cox
Merchants in East Nashville 1894-95
This is an abstract of businesses located in East Nashville and North Davidson County from pages 1 - 46 of Merchants Licenses. Some streets listed have disappeared in part or totally,because of interstate and other construction.
A history of the Lockeland neighborhood in East Nashville, from the Judi Wells East Nashville Collection, Box 1, Folder 12, Metro Nashville Archives.
A history of the McGavock house at 908 Meridian Street in East Nashville.
 Eastview, an Historic Inglewood Home
Ever wondered about that big old white house, on Gallatin Pk. in the heart of Inglewood?

This article in the East Nashvillian Magazine tells part of the story of our family history in East Nashville. You can download current and past issues of the East Nashvillian magazine.