MAKING HISTORY AT THE GERMANTOWN INN
Though hailed as one of Nashville’s newest boutique inns, the Germantown Inn isn’t exactly new. In fact, it’s pretty old. So old, in fact, that it qualifies as a historic site, having been built in the mid 1800s, when the country—and the South—was in such turmoil and the future seemed uncertain. That fact, in itself, makes the inn remarkable, a site to see on the tour routes of guides walking their charges through the streets of the city while they spout data and cite stories that seem so far in the past that we can hardly imagine them being real. But real they are, and this converted two-story Federal-style home that now lives its life as the Germantown Inn is undeniable proof of that, a palpable, brick-and-mortar reminder of what once was balanced with the possibility of what is to come.
One of the oldest buildings in the historic Nashville neighborhood of Germantown, the residence once belonged to H. H. Wallman, a prominent shoemaker for the city’s elite citizens. As such, it became known in the neighborhood as The Wallman House. After being purchased in December 2015, renovations to convert the property began in April of 2016. Eight months later, the doors were open and Germantown Inn welcomed its first guests.
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