|Bells Bend Park|
Beaman Park is 1688 acres of steep ridges and hollows on the beginnings of the Western Highland Rim. It has been in a park since its 1996 donation to the city by the Beaman family. Known for the biodiversity of its plants, the park is a favorite among hikers an wildflower enthusiasts.
The Bells Bend Outdoor Center opened in June 2008, a few years after hiking trails had been open on the park. This mainly bottomland park is 808 acres, less than 200 of which are trees. The landscape is dominated by old farmland in varying degrees of plant succession. Abundant wildlife, rare birds, ponds, a primitive campground, the 1842 Buchanan House provide park staff with the resources for many environmental and recreational activities. To learn more about the parks and their programs, visit: www.nashville.gov/parks/nature
|Farmers after a busy day of harvesting.|
Bells Bend Neighborhood Farms are comprised of four farms, all of which use only sustainable farming practices. All food is grown without the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. The majority of produce is distributed through local farmers markets and their Community Supported Agriculture program, or CSA, which provide families with produce throughout the 30 week season. There is also an online market for easy ordering. Each year the farms also donate thousands of pounds of produce to food pantries, charities, and neighbors in need. www.bellsbendfarms.org
History & Archaeology
|The 1842 Buchanan House|
Parts of the Beaman Park to Bells Bend Corridor have been inhabited for over 10,000 years, beginning with the Paleoindians, who are believed to be some of the first humans to inhabit the North American continent. The southern portion of the Corridor known as Bells Bend was later home to farming communities who benefited from proximity to the commercial areas of Nashville and access via the Cumberland River. Other historic events occurred in Bells Bend, including a minor Civil War battle, the Battle of Bells Mill, and the construction of early houses, many of which are still standing.
...and this is only some of what's inside the treasured corridor!
Visit www.bellsbend.org to learn more, or visit us!