Nashville is commonly known for country music and great food. But one thing that is often overlooked is the rich history the region holds. Nashville and Middle Tennessee embody layers of historical significance that often go unnoticed.
History isn’t just contained in museums or classrooms, but the world around us; especially trees! There are all kinds of great reasons why historical trees should be loved and admired in the Tennessee area. They are living, breathing things that were alive during some of Nashville’s formative years. In addition, understanding their history promotes their preservation long-term. Here are just a few reasons to love Nashville’s historic trees:
You learn something about your home you may not know. Whether you’re new to the Nashville area or you’ve lived in Middle Tennessee your whole life, some of the city’s history can be taught to you at any age. When strolling through a park or visiting someplace new, stop to read all the information you can because even the trees themselves hold great historical value you may have never seen before.
It encourages historical tree preservation. Understanding and appreciating the history many of the beautiful trees around the region is a wonderful thing in itself, but it also encourages tree preservation and education for years to come.
It’s a living artifact of Nashville’s significant past. Live artifacts provide such an exciting gateway to the past. Natchez Trace Trail, Bison Meadows, the Witness Tree, the Battle of Nashville and other beautiful areas all have a story to tell, and the same trees that were there then are here now.
When you’re out and about enjoying the weather with friends and family this summer, take a step back to enjoy the history of your city too. Whether you’re taking a trip down Natchez Trace or you’re golfing in the Richland Country Club (where the Witness Tree is) notice the history around you. You might not only learn something new, but you might help the preservation of these historical trees and the many that will be inducted in the future.
History isn’t just in books, it’s in trees too! Think you might have a tree that holds some historical significance? Call the Parke Company for help. They’ll be able to direct you to the correct person for the job.