Founded in 1779, Nashville is the state capital of Tennessee and also the state's most populous city, boasting a population of around 660,000. The state of Tennessee is actually covered by two separate time zones, with the western majority of the state being in the Central Time Zone and the Eastern edge being in the Eastern Time Zone. Tennessee is located around the central area of the state and is therefore contained within the Central Time Zone. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Nashville Overview

Nashville Overview
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Named after a Continental Army general named Francis Nash, the city played a key role in American history and was the first state capital to fall to the Union during the American Civil War. Despite some difficult moments in the past, Nashville has always managed to come back strong and is regarded as a key hub for music, manufacturer, banking, education, and other industries and sectors.

The Cumberland River flows through Nashville and is a popular spot with kayakers and outdoor enthusiasts. The city itself enjoys a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters with some snow. The city is renowned for its mixture of traditional architecture and modern high rise buildings, boasting a range of entertainment and cultural landmarks and attractions.

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2.Activities and Economy in Nashville

Activities and Economy in Nashville
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When most people think of Nashville, they immediately associate with the city with country music. Often nicknamed Music City or the 'home of country music,' Nashville has been a major player in the country music genre for many years now. The biggest record companies all have offices in the city, and the famous Gibson guitar brand is also headquartered in Nashville. The city is the second biggest music production area in the entire United States, beaten only by New York.

Thousands of jobs are created by the music industry in Nashville, and this aspect of the city also helps to make it a popular tourist hotspot. Country music fans around the world love to visit Nashville and take in the town’s country roots in the Music Row historical district and landmarks like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Nashville is also home to the Grand Ole Opry, the record-breaking radio show that has been going on longer than any other show in existence. Nashville also plays home to hundreds of churches and two dozen educational institutions.

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3.History of Nashville Time Zone

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The major time zones we know today in the US didn’t exist until the late 19th century. Before that time, people would rely on the sun to tell the time, setting their clocks to midday when the sun passed over the meridian of their town or city. There were no standard times in each state and the time could vary from one town to the next, which gradually become more and more problematic over time, especially when the railroad network improved and trains needed more precise schedules.

In November of 1883, the four major time zones of the contiguous United States - Pacific, Mountain, Central, and Eastern – were introduced and each state was placed in one or two of these zones. The home state of Nashville, Tennessee, was placed in both the Central and Eastern zones due to its geographical location, with the city of Nashville itself observing Central Time.

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4.Time Zone

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Central Time Zone

The Central Time Zone (CT) covers Nashville and the majority of the state of Tennessee, as well as applying in several other parts of North America. Like the other US time zones, CT comes in two forms: Central Standard Time (CST) and Central Daylight Time (CDT). Central Standard Time is six hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), while Central Daylight Time is five hours behind UTC.

Along with Nashville and most of Tennessee, the Central Time Zone partially covers ten other states as well as nine more states in their entirety, applying in 20 states overall. This time zone is also observed throughout most of Mexico, parts of Canada, along with several Central American countries and Caribbean Islands.

Daylight Savings in Nashville

Nashville, as well as the rest of the state of Tennessee and almost all other US states, uses a system of daylight savings time to save energy and make the most of the long summer days. This system has been in place since the Uniform Time Act of 1966. Since 2005, when the Energy Policy Act was introduced, Nashville observes CDT from the second Sunday of March through to the first Sunday of November.

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Attraction Spotlight: Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

The Hermitage is a historical plantation that was once owned by the seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson. Located in Davidson County, Tennessee, The Hermitage was owned by President Jackson from 1804 until his death in 1845 and opened to the public in 1889. One of the oldest and largest historic site museums in the country, The Hermitage sprawls over 1,120 acres and is a National Historic Landmark.

Also known as the ‘Home of the People's President,' The Hermitage is run by the Andrew Jackson Foundation whose mission it is to preserve the home of the ex-President, educate the public about the life and heritage of the man and his home and inspire good citizenship. The beautifully preserved mansion is one of the most accurately preserved presidential homes in the country and receives more than a quarter million visitors every year.

The Hermitage estate spans 1,120 acres (450 ha), which includes the original 1,050-acre (420 ha) tract of Jackson's plantation. The Hermitage itself was built in a quiet, seclude meadow chosen by Jackson's wife, Rachel and began life as a log cabin, which then developed into the beautiful home it is today. The first brick mansion was originally built in the Federal style, however, was severely damaged by a fire in 1834, and was rebuilt in the current Greek Revival style it is today. The 13-room mansion features distinct architectural details of this style, such as porticos with Corinthian and Doric columns, single fenestration windows, balconies with simple square balusters. The interior of the mansion features exquisite detailing and décor, including a grand elliptical cantilevered staircase with a mahogany handrail, Italian marble mantels, and crystal chandeliers.

The Hermitage mansion and grounds tell their own story Jackson's initial purchase of the estate and the building of the first log cabin on the site to the destruction and subsequent restoration of the mansion after a devastating fire. Each of rooms in the Hermitage mansion has their own tale from the story of slavery and how the Jacksons and their enslaved laborers lived closely together to life after the Civil War when the slaves were freed, and The Hermitage converted from plantation to farm.

The Hermitage Museum features several interesting exhibits each year, focusing on various aspects the history and heritage of the estate, the home, and the President and his life. Such exhibitions include the current display called “Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm,” which provides an in-depth analysis of the life of Andrew Jackson, including his astounding victory at New Orleans. This state-of-the-art presentation showcases the inspiring story of Andrew Jackson's unparalleled rise from his humble beginnings as an orphan though his illustrious career as a General in the army to leadership as a President.

The Hermitage is surrounded by 1,120 acres (450 ha) of natural landscapes, which include beautifully manicured gardens in which Andrew Jackson used to escape to unwind. Designed in the 19th century, an inspiring one-acre garden lay adjacent to the Hermitage and was a favorite spot for both Andrew and Rachel Jackson. Some of the trees and flowering bulbs, such as peonies, old roses and irises were planted in Jackson's time and have been lovingly cared to and continue to flourish today. The tomb of Andrew Jackson also stands on the grounds of the Hermitage and can be visited by the public.

Interesting Facts

The Hermitage has made its debut in some films and books, including the 1955 Disney film Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, and F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon.

The Hermitage is located at 4580 Rachel's Lane, just 20 minutes from downtown Nashville and five miles from the Nashville International Airport. The Museum has a designated parking lot at the Andrew Jackson Visitor Center for both motor vehicles and buses. The Hermitage is open every day of the year (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and visitors can explore the museum and grounds on self-guided walks or enjoy an interpreter-led guided tour for a nominal fee.

The Museum Store offers a wealth of fantastic gifts, trinkets, and mementos, including books, collectibles, home décor, gourmet gifts, ornaments and more. The Hermitage is also home to the Kitchen Cabinet Café, a casual café where visitors can enjoy freshly brewed coffee, homemade sandwiches, salads, decadent desserts and drinks against a backdrop of beautiful views.

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4580 Rachel's Lane, Nashville, Tennessee 37076, Phone: 615-889-2941

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Venue Spotlight: The Bell Tower

The Bell Tower is a historic church that was built in 1874 and has subsequently been transformed into a modern, open-plan event venue. Flooded with natural light and featuring original wooden exposed beams, and an elegant upper-level mezzanine, the Bell Tower can accommodate seated dinners for up to 400 guests and cocktail-style receptions for 700 people. The venue offers a variety of services including an on-site kitchen, in-house catering and handcrafted menus by Infinity Events & Catering, lighting and audio-visual services, and professional wait staff. An experienced event planning team is on hand to take care of every detail, and an outdoor patio is ideal for alfresco-style parties.

Amenities & Facilities

The historic Bell Tower offers a stylish, contemporary space for ceremonies, receptions and other special celebrations for up to 700 guests. The transformed space features smooth wooden flooring, high ceilings with exposed beams, large windows that flood interiors with natural light, and an upper-level mezzanine which overlooks the central area. The Bell Tower also features ‘His and Her’ lounges on the ground floor where the bride and groom can relax and ready for the big day, along with a fully equipped kitchen for catering, a whiskey tasting room, and full-service bar, and a large dance floor. The space can accommodate between 400 and 700 people for a variety of functions, ranging from formal seated dinners, dinner-and-dancing affairs, and standing cocktail receptions.


Services offered with the rental of the venue include the set-up and clean-up of the site, well-appointed bridal and groom’s suites, liability insurance, lighting and sound equipment, and event planning and management services from a professional on-site team. Other amenities include with the rental are aisle markers and runners, altars and arches, audio equipment, tables, centerpieces for the tables, chairs and chair covers, a dance floor, décor, drapery, and a photo booth.


The Bell Tower uses event planning and design company, Infinity Events & Catering for catering and beverage services. Helmed by Executive Chef Tabor Luckey, Infinity Events & Catering prepares gourmet cuisine using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients and products. Guests can choose from a variety of catering packages, ranging from buffet stations to plated dinners, along with a selection of beverage packages such as open bars and butler-served drinks, all of which is served by professional wait staff.

General Information

The Bell Tower is located at 400 4th Avenue South in Nashville, is wheelchair accessible, and offers secure valet parking at the venue for guests.

400 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201, Phone: 615-369-6474

Venue Spotlight: The Cordelle

Set among the buildings of Nashville’s downtown cityscape and a short way from the famous Honky Tonks of Broadway, The Cordelle is modern space with vintage interiors that offers an ideal location for a broad range of events. Distinct venues at the Cordelle include The Great Hall, The Victorian, and The Furnished Loft, which is designed with style and versatility in mind and feature a spacious “southern style” covered porch and are surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens and grounds. Additional amenities and services at the Cordelle include patio market bistro lights for a twinkling effect, outdoor heaters for cooler weather, a lovely garden arbor, and a sound system with speakers and a wireless microphone.

Amenities & Facilities

The Cordelle features a variety of beautiful spaces that can be used for romantic ceremonies and grand receptions. Modern meets vintage in the interior areas of the venue, which include the Great Hall, the Victorian, and the Furnished Loft. The building is surrounded by exquisitely manicured gardens and grounds, which can also be utilized for outdoor receptions and celebrations and can be tented in inclement weather.

Dating back to the late 1800s, the Victorian house exudes the rich history and heritage of the area with original patina-adorned walls, wooden floors, and exposed brick walls. This charming space can be used for seated ceremonies or dinner receptions for up to 175 people or 300 for standing cocktail gatherings.

The Great Hall is a light, airy space with a wall of windows and glass sliding doors that open onto the gardens and create a seamless flow between interiors and the outside. The Great Hall features high trussed ceilings, wooden floors and an elegant ambiance that is perfect for lavish gala affairs and receptions.

Boasting handcrafted barn doors, and a balcony entrance, the Loft can be used as a VIP staging area, a bridal suite for the bride and her party to relax and get ready, or as a green room. Complete with a private bridal suite, an elegant lounge and dining area, separate bathroom and wet bar, the loft is a welcome addition to the venue.

Shaded by a century-old Hackberry tree, the magnificent gardens and 4,000 square foot outdoor lawn offer the perfect place for ceremonies and services in the shade of the trees or under the stars. The expansive lawn can be tented in inclement weather, and the beautiful landscape makes for unforgettable photographic opportunities.


Services included with the rental of the Cordelle include the set-up and clean-up of the venue, an onsite property manager for the duration of the event, and a preferred list of vendors for services such as catering and beverages, photography and videography, wedding cakes, floral arrangements and more.

General Information

The Cordelle is located at 45 Lindsley Avenue in downtown's historic Rutledge Hill and is less than a mile from Nashville's state of the art Music City Center Convention Center. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and off-site parking is available for an additional fee. There is also street parking for up to 150 guests on a first-come, first-serve basis for no extra charge.

45 Lindsley Ave, Nashville, TN 37210, Phone: 615-354-8746

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Hotel Spotlight: Hutton Hotel

The Hutton Hotel offers boutique elegance in the heart of Nashville. Ideally located in the Midtown area of the city, this upscale, eco-conscious hotel boasts a sleek and contemporary design fused with warm and welcoming service and is perfectly situated for exploring the delights of Nashville. The hotel features stylish guest rooms and suites, an award-winning restaurant serving farm-to-table cuisine, an exclusive spa, abundant meeting and event spaces, an extensive green program, and a pet concierge.

Nestled in the desirable West End, the Hutton embodies Nashville in spirit, in style and in location and is the perfect base for exploring the Music City. A short stroll gets you to the Vanderbilt University and Bridgestone Arena, the Grand Ole Opry, the Parthenon, and the Nashville Convention Center. The hotel is just 10 minutes away from some of the city’s famous music venues, such as the Country Music Hall, Ryman Auditorium, and Music City Center.

The Hutton Hotel has 247 beautifully appointed guest rooms and 52 luxury suites that feature chic, contemporary design, custom-made furnishings, luxurious bedding, and stylish granite bathrooms with rain showers and luxurious Molton Brown bath products. Guest rooms and suites have modern amenities, including coffee makers with complimentary coffees and organic teas, hair dryers, laptop safes, LED makeup mirrors, 42" LCD flat screen televisions with on-demand videos, fully-stocked refreshment centers with snack drawers and large work desks with LED lighting.

Deluxe Rooms boast comfortable double beds with sumptuous bedding, and en-suite granite bathrooms with showers, plush terry robes, and luxurious Molton Brown bath products. Spacious living spaces feature 42" LCD flat screen televisions with on-demand videos, coffee makers with gourmet coffees and organic teas, fully-stocked refreshment centers and large work desks with LED lighting. Additional room amenities include hair dryers, laptop safes, LED make-up mirrors and a twice-daily maid service.

Seven Cardio King Rooms feature double beds with sumptuous bedding, and en-suite granite bathrooms with showers, plush terry robes, and luxurious Molton Brown bath products. Spacious living spaces feature 42" LCD flat screen televisions with on-demand videos, coffee makers with gourmet coffees and organic teas, fully-stocked refreshment centers and large work desks with LED lighting. Additional room amenities include hair dryers, laptop safes, LED make-up mirrors, and an elliptical machine allowing guests to stay fit in the comfort of their rooms.

Perfect for romantic getaways, King Suites are elegant one bedroom suites that are flooded with natural light through large floor-to-ceiling windows and have a separate bedroom and living spaces. The bedroom features a king-size bed with plush linens and a private en-suite bathroom with granite-tiled showers, plush terry robes, and luxurious Molton Brown bath products. Living areas have full-size pullout sofa beds, two 42" LCD flat screen televisions with on-demand videos, coffee makers with gourmet coffees and organic teas, fully-stocked refreshment centers and large work desks with LED lighting.

The Hutton Hotel has two luxurious Penthouse apartments that offer guests a private residence with restricted access and opulent amenities. Each penthouse boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies that flood the space with natural light and panoramic city views and state-of-the-art amenities, including electric fireplaces, 50” LCD-HDTVs with surround sound, and steam showers in the Master suite bathrooms. Living areas have full-size pullout sofa beds, LCD flat screen televisions with on-demand videos, coffee makers with gourmet coffees and organic teas, fully-stocked refreshment centers and large work desks with LED lighting.

Hutton's signature restaurant, 1808 Grille, offers guests a whimsical approach to New American cuisine by blending traditional Southern dishes with international tastes and flavors.

Guests can enjoy many of 1808 Grille's most popular dishes in the privacy and comfort of their guest rooms with the 24-hour in-room dining menu.

Located in the hotel lobby, the Java Bar offers quick and healthy ‘grab-and-go’ options for breakfast or midday snacks, such as freshly baked pastries, made-to-order hot breakfast sandwiches, granola and yogurt, fresh fruit, and coffee, tea, and juice.

The Hutton Hotel offers a range of luxurious therapeutic spa services in the comfort of two elegant treatment rooms or in the privacy of guests’ rooms or suites. The Hutton Spa presents a collection of treatments and signature massages that promise to provide guests with unforgettable pampering experiences. Signature spa services include Swedish and Firm Swedish Massages, Deep Tissue and Couple’s Massages, Seaweed Wraps and Coffee Scrubs and Sugar Rubs.

The Hutton Hotel offers exceptional amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio machines, free weights and resistance equipment, a 24-hour business center, concierge services, and courtesy eco-friendly hybrid vehicle servicing close to the hotel. Nine flexible meeting rooms cater for special events and functions, including weddings, receptions, and corporate functions, guests can enjoy on-site spa and complimentary shoeshine services, and a valet laundry service is available on a daily basis.

The Hutton Hotel is Nashville’s most eco-friendly hotel and supports several green initiatives, including renewable bamboo furnishings and flooring, automatic guest room lighting, fluorescent or energy-efficient LED lighting throughout the hotel, digital shower thermostats, and energy-efficient LED exterior signage. Additional eco-friendly conveniences include recycling program for paper and plastics, laundry water recycling, a linen reuse program, dual flush commodes, and biodegradable cleaning products.

The hotel has bronze exterior glass, which supports thermal insulation and eco-disc elevators, which reduce energy consumption by a large percentage. A Low Albedo roofing system is designed to absorb and sustain heat, while a state-of-the-art heating/cooling system allows for maximum efficiency. The hotel has an all-electric Tesla courtesy vehicle and Blink electric car charging stations.

1808 West End Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37203, Phone: 615-340-9333

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