Nashville is a town in Nash County, North Carolina, United States. The town was founded in 1780 and features a rare collection of Victorian and Queen Anne style homes. It is part of the Rocky Mount Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 4,538 in 2008. It is the county seat of Nash County. Like Nashville, Tennessee, the town and its county were named for Francis Nash, an officer of the North Carolina militia who died in the American Revolution.
Nashville in The Guns of the South
While born and raised in Castalia, Nate Caudell spent most of his adult life as a schoolteacher in Nashville. The main exception was when he enlisted in the 47th North Carolina Infantry regiment during the Second American Revolution. On being discharged in 1864, Caudell returned to Nashville and resumed his occupation.
It was a small town, despite being the county seat, not even having a hotel since the railroad bypassed it. The main businesses were Raeford Liles' general store where he doubled as the postmaster and Wren Tisdale's Liberty Bell Saloon along with the usual feed stores that a farming community would have.