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Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville

A statue of US Senator Edward Carmack
stands in front of the Tennessee State 
Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee.

This capitol was built in the
Greek Revival style.

The cornerstone of the Capitol was laid on July 4, 1849.  It was completed in 1859.  Architect, William Strickland, died in 1854 and is buried in the wall, above the cornerstone.  Samuel Dold Morgan, President of the Capitol Planning Commission is buried in the south wall of the Capitol.

The first floor interior

The ceilings are carefully painted

Chandelier converted from gas
to electricity in 1904.

Tennessee Fun Fact:  People in Washington, Sullivan and Greene counties formed the State of Franklin and elected a governor and legislature in 1784.

Three presidents are from

The Tennessee House of
Representatives Chamber

The Tennessee Senate

The Legislative Library...

Earliest volumes of the
legislative record

Wall murals in

the Governor's Reception Room

The Tennessee State Capitol has many busts, statues and portraits.  Famous Tennesseans include Civil Rights activists, former governors, US Representatives and Senators, generals and admirals.

President James K. Polk  &
are buried on the grounds.

Eric & the statue of
Sergeant York,
World War I hero.

We loved this Capitol!  It is a beautiful Greek Revival building that has been carefully preserved.  It is a working Capitol that presents Tennessee history, in full.  Thank you, Ashley, for giving a great tour!

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