Nashville NC History

Acts Of The General Assembly Of North Carolina Pertaining To The Charter Of The Town Of Nashville In Nash County (Laws of North Carolina – 1815)

Nashville, N.C. is the oldest of the thirteen Nashvilles in the United States.

When Nash County was created from Edgecombe County in 1777, a county seat was required.  The same act which set up Nash County directed Duncan Laman, Nathan Boddie, Matthew Drake, Edward Clerick, and Arthur Arrington to contract with workmen to build a courthouse, a prison, and stocks.  (Boddie and Drake have streets named after them adjacent to the block the courthouse sits upon today).  The initial settlement of Nashville began at that.

Construction for the county’s first courthouse began in 1777 and was completed in 1778 with Nashville then being referred to first as Nash Court House by Peach Tree Creek in many stories and later simply referred to as Nash Court House in records.  The Town began to be referred to as Nashville shortly before 1780 and became a thriving settlement by 1780 gaining a post office in 1805.  This name was meant to honor General Francis Nash who was killed during the Revolutionary War.  An interesting side note is that of all of the Francis Nash Towns, Cities, and Counties’ name sakes, Nashville, NC is the only one he ever visited.  The Town of Nashville had grown substantially and as such was officially incorporated by the General Assembly in 1815 as the first incorporated Town in Nash County.

Nashville’s growth rate has been more than 130% over the last twenty years to reach approximately 5,000.  That figure is expected to increase even further after the report of the 2010 Census as recent Census statistics has indicated that the Town of Nashville has been the fastest growing municipality of Nash County in the 21st Century.  However, Nashville has kept its small town charm while continuing to grow.  It is our desire to make sure Nashville remains “A Great Place to Live, Work, and Play”.  The Town of Nashville today is a full service municipal government that is home to major residential, commercial, and industrial development.  As the county seat, the town is also host to the county administrative building, courthouse, health department, social services, emergency services, sheriff’s department, senior center, Nash Arts, and Nash-Rocky Mount school system administrative offices (along with Nashville Elementary, Nash Central Middle School, Nash Central High School, and W.L. Greene School being located either in town or close by.)

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