8 local history accounts to follow in Nashville, TN


Where are our local history buffs? From nostalgic photos to old maps, advertisements, and memorabilia, we’ve compiled eight social media accounts about Nashville history. These accounts serve up daily (or weekly) doses of Music City’s past, so give them a follow + learn while you scroll.

David Steele Ewing | @thenashvilleiwishiknew

With nearly 3,400 posts, Nashville historian David Steele Ewing collects artifacts, photographs, and other memorabilia and shares them on his Instagram account, essentially creating a virtual Nashville history museum. Recent posts include McClure’s in Hillsboro Village + the downtown skyline in 1981.

Nashville History | @nashvillehistoryx

Since launching in August, this account has posted over 600 photos sourced from local archives and newspapers. Most of the images shared are black-and-white photos, but you’ll occasionally see a pop of color like this 1991 throwback of the Mall at Green Hills.

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Longtime Nashvillians may remember riding the Wabash Cannonball at Opryland. | Photo via @thenashvilleiwishiknew

Metro Nashville Archives | @MetroNashvilleArchives

A division of the Nashville Public Library, Metro Nashville Archives often shares relevant throwbacks. In the past week, the page has featured former shopping centers, travelers at the airport in 1951, and more.

Nashville Queer History | @nashvillequeerhistory

Nashville Queer History is managed by archivist Sarah Calise, who is working to document and preserve LGBTQ+ history in Middle Tennessee through digital and oral histories, archives, and historical photos. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the research and preservation process.

Historic Nashville, Inc. | @historicnashville

Established in 1968, local nonprofit Historic Nashville, Inc. works to promote and preserve the historic places that make Nashville unique. As such, you’ll often find photos of historical properties that appear on the nonprofit’s annual Nashville Nine list.

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A look back at The Mall at Green Hills in 1991. | Photo via @nashvillehistoryx

Nashville History and Memories | Public Facebook group

With 7,000 members, this Facebook page is a mix of archived newspaper clippings, user-submitted photos, and historic properties that hit the market — like this Goodlettsville home once owned by the late Patsy Cline.

Nashville History | @nashvillehistory

Historical photos of downtown, neighborhoods, parks, and old businesses often make an appearance on this page. Plus, each post is often accompanied by a short history lesson.

Belcourt History | @belcourthistory

Belcourt Theatre patrons will love reliving cinematic moments from the theater’s history dating back to 1925.

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