Welcome to John Carroll Weekend Nashville!

Founded in 1779 and named after Francis Nash, a Revolutionary War general, Nashville’s long history is rooted in agriculture, trade, and manufacturing. Given Nashville’s strategic location along the Cumberland River, the city and its surrounding areas are home to numerous sites of historical and cultural interest—including famous Civil War battle sites and estates with stunning period architecture.

Nashville has also long been a center of education, culture, and the arts. The area is home to 30 colleges and universities, with the oldest dating back to 1866, and countless museums, gardens, sporting events, and performances to take in.

Of course, Nashville is best known for its ties to music. Nashville and country music go hand-in-hand, and the city is believed to be responsible for the growth and popularity of the music genre that originated in the early 20th century, earning it the nickname of “Music City.” At every turn, you will find the sounds of live music in the air. From up-and-coming country artists singing with open doors in the honky-tonks lining Broadway to spectacular shows by music legends gracing the hallowed stages of the Grand Ole Opry or the Ryman Auditorium—you are in for a treat.

While taking in the sights and sounds, be sure to stop for a bite and beverage at one of the many spectacular restaurants and bars the city has to offer (hot chicken and a Goo Goo Cluster are a must!).

We hope this guide gives you a small glimpse into all there is to experience here and that you enjoy our beloved Nashville just as much as we do. While Nashville is known for many things, we are most proud of the genuine warmth and hospitality of those who call it home.

Enjoy your stay—and please visit us again soon. With a surging economy attracting more than 80 new residents each day, many do just that… and never leave!

Hoya Saxa,
John Carroll Weekend Nashville Planning Committee