History Buffs, This One’s For You

As I sit here writing this post, I’m watching a documentary about the history of the banjo, its roots in Africa. Neat stuff. Needless to say, I adore history stuff. So this sounds like it’s right up my alley:

 

1972. The year La Vergne was officially incorporated is a bit misleading because the city was here long before then. The small farm community was settled in the 1700s and barely survived the Civil War after almost completely burning. In fact, we were called “Buchananville” at one time. The U.S. Postmaster named the town Lavergne on the day Francois Leonard Gregorie de Roulhac de lavergne died in 1852, and the name (in some variation or other) stuck.

La Vergne commemorates its rich past on Saturday, March 12 through a special program called “Celebrate La Vergne History.” The public is invited to stop by the Civic Auditorium, 283 Old Nashville Highway from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Alderman Dennis Waldron chairs the La Vergne Historical Preservation Committee which hosts the annual event. “This is a great event and we hope everyone can attend,” he said “Our parks and recreation department does a good job every year putting it together.”

Antiques and photos from the early days of the city are displayed and long-time residents share early memories of the city.

“We take pride in our heritage,” said Mayor Senna Mosley. “That our predecessors rebuilt the city after it burned during the Civil War, that people of our community had their lands flooded when Percy Priest Lake was built, that we are on the road to recovery from the unwarranted growth of the 1990s and 2000s – all of this shows generations of determination to remain a strong community.”

So, if you’re free on Saturday March 12th and you love history, you know what to do. Speaking of LaV history, here’s a nifty pic of the old train depot we had. It’s no Union Station*, but it’s pretty cool.

*I’m thinking of the Union Station in Indianapolis. I know there’s one in Nashville but I’ve never been inside it. Yep, former Hoosier here. Yeah. I know.

8 comments for “History Buffs, This One’s For You

  1. Sherry
    March 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Yay . . . this born-and-raised Hoosier is right here with you and the Union Station in Indianapolis is gorgeous! 🙂  I do have a LaVergne history question, though.  Where Waldron Road changes to Parthenon Parkway, the bridge is named after somebody.  I can’t for the life of me remember the name on the sign at the moment (I want to say Andrew something?).  Do you know who it is and why the bridge was named after him?

    • Ivy
      March 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      Crap, I can’t remember. I’ll try to look next time I drive by there. The Andrew part sounds right.

    • Mark Dodd
      March 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      It is names after Andre’ Counard(sp) (I think). He was the Mayor of LaVergne’s sister city in France.

  2. March 10, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Where was the old train depot located?

    • Ivy
      March 11, 2011 at 3:26 am

      That’s a good question. Does anybody know?

      • Tom Broeker
        March 11, 2011 at 9:43 pm

        The old train depot was just a little further down from where our existing underpass is now.

  3. Kathy T.
    March 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I want to thank everyone for coming out… one of the Parks & Rec staff told me it was the best turnout ever.

  4. March 14, 2011 at 2:24 am

    I found some interesting stuff, I wonder if this is the same person?

    – Francois Leonard Gregorie de Roulhac de lavergne

    http://web.me.com/studiolumumba/PassingThePlay/Timeline.html

    1787 Francis Leonard Gregoire De Roulhac sails from Limoges, France to the island of Hispaniola where he managed a sugar planation.

    1790 Psalmet Roulhac is listed in the first Federal census as owning 19 slaves

    1791 Benjamin Banneker publishes the first almanac by an black African-American African American and is appointed by President George Washington to help survey Washington, D.C.

    1791 Slaves revolt in Haiti against the French rulers and slave owners. Francis Leonard Gregoire De Roulhac was force to leave the island and returned to France.

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