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Fort Nashboro exhibit closed as city considers upgrades

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The exhibit that pays tribute to Nashville's earliest settlers is falling apart. Fort Nashboro is a collection of log structures right along the Cumberland River.

The original fort was actually a little farther north, and covered two acres, but now even the replica is in disrepair.

The site is now closed to visitors because of safety concerns about those deteriorating buildings.

Metro government wants to tear down the structures and rebuild them into a more informative exhibit.

"It becomes kind of an iconic place for people to get that real early history, to understand how the city moved from riverfront further in and developed all the infrastructure that you see today. So, it's just a natural progression," said David Currey, principal with Encore Interpretive Design.

The original Fort Nashboro was built in the 1780s after James Robertson led settlers to the area. The fort was designed to defend against attacks from Native Americans, which continued until 1792.

Historians rebuilt the structure in the 1960s, but they hope the latest version will be even better.

Planning could last through September, and the construction will then take one or two years.

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