Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Tolbert Hollow

Marker ID: NHC 116
Location: On Tolbert Rd. south of Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 06.373    W 086° 55.300
  36.10621666    -86.92166666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM41FN


George Tolbert, a farmer, bought 97 1/2 acres here in 1879 that became known as Tolbert Hollow. He was a former slave who, according to family tradition, purchased his own freedom. Tolbert worked 45 acres by 1880 and cut and sold wood with his sons. Land ownership signified true freedom for blacks after the Civil War. Generations of Tolbert's descendants continued to live on his land.

The Historical Commission of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County