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ShilohPark is the residence of the golden retrievers Winston and Churchill and their family. Their home is located in suburban Nashville, Tennessee in the MidSouth of the United States. It is named after the family farm in Southern Minnesota. Winston and Churchill are very well known in the neighborhood. The children greet them every evening as they walk through the residential area and the morning walkers greet them in the pre-dawn coolness. Sometimes Winston and Churchill visit the neighboring country club with a man made lake and sometimes they can be seen in the backseat of the car as they travel with their family. All the neighborhood know Winston and Churchill by name, most of them know the family that walks them by name, but sometimes it’s, Oh, you’re the folks with the two Golden Retrievers.

Beginning approximately 1000-1400 A.D., Mississippian culture Indians settled the area now known as Nashville and grew corn as their primary crop. These Indians are also known to have built earthen mounds and have been recognized as having created beautiful pottery. Although the Mississippian culture Indians appeared to have left the area at some point around 1400 A.D., Cherokee, Chickasaw and Shawnee Indians eventually moved into the area and used it as hunting grounds.

French fur traders were the first white men to arrive in the Nashville area, and in 1717 – established a trading post. The first settlement (Fort Nashborough, named in honor of General Francis Nash – Revolutionary War) was made on the banks of the Cumberland River by a group of pioneers led by Englishman James Robertson. The first settlement consisted of a log stockade built on land which was cleared on the banks of the Cumberland. The first known permanent settlement was established Christmas Day, 1779. In April 1780, a group of approximately 60 families led by John Donelson arrived to settle the new area – which at that time – remained a part of North Carolina. These settlers lived in small groups and built forts and stations to provide safety from Indians.

Following architectural styles from Virginia and North and South Carolina, the settlers began building brick and other permanent homes around the end of the eighteenth century – having seen Indian attacks dwindle and stability begin to arrive.

The community’s name was changed from Nashborough to Nashville in 1784. Tennessee became the sixteenth state in 1796, Nashville became a capitol first in 1812. Knoxville became Tennessee’s capitol in 1815, then Murfreesboro became the state capitol in 1817 – and finally Nashville once again became the Tennessee state capitol in 1843. Two former presidents, Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk had homes in Nashville.

Nashville was a prosperous river city in 1860 with strategic importance due to its location on the Cumberland River and railroad activity. Federal troops occupied Nashville in 1862 for 3 years. In 1864, the Battle of Nashville was the final aggressive action by the Confederate Army.

In the years following the Civil War, Nashville experienced growth in population, business, industry and education. Nashville also grew in the area of country music – so much progress and talent that Nashville now has the reputation as Music City, USA. Nashville is home to multiple religious followings – religious publishing houses contributed to Nashville’s importance as a printing and publishing center. Fisk University is one of the first private institutions in the United States dedicated to higher education of African Americans, and was established in 1866. Meharry Medical College was started in 1876 in Nashville and has educated more African American doctors than any other medical college in the world. Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Medical Center are both located in Nashville are examples of prime educational and medical care institutions.

Nashville continues to grow economically as well as a center for music. Boasting numerous restaurants, corporations, parks, museums, world-class sports and first rate musicians – Nashville is a destination for many tourists, travelers and business executives

 

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