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.