Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Ryman Auditorium

Marker ID: NHC 
Location: Front wall of building
County: Davidson
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Built 1891 as Union Gospel Tabernacle for religious revival meetings. Renamed Ryman Auditorium 1905 for steamboat captain Tom Ryman, the building’s chief contributor. The greates musician’s, actors, dancers, speakers, made the Ryman “the most famous one-night stand on the road.” bought 1963 by WSM’s Grand Ole Opry which first performed here in 1941.

The Historical Commission of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County.


Erected: 1969