Donelson, TN is just about one of the most convenient suburbs you can imagine. It’s located about six miles east of downtown Nashville and just a few miles north of the airport. The area blossomed in the 1930s and 40s post-WWII and is named after John Donelson, the co-founder of Nashville and father-in-law to Andrew Jackson. The historic Bluefields subdivision boomed during that time and is still growing today with generations new and old. Donelson also comprises the fantastic neighborhoods of Merry Oaks, Donelson Hills, LincoyaHills, Maplecrest, Sunset View, and many more.
What makes self-proclaimed “Hip Donelson” so hip, you ask?
It actually started as a nickname and Facebook group a few residents created back in 2009. The group was essentially a virtual cork board with community questions, events, news, etc. It has since become an actual nonprofit organization called Hip Donelson, with five community programs: neighborhood watch, pet lost and found, farmers market, outdoors group, and Red Cross partner. Their vision is “Hip Donelson will be the conduit for community development, enrichment, safety, and education for all who call Donelson home.” Peruse the Facebook group today to see what’s going on in the community currently.
To honor the history of the neighborhood and its previously bustling downtown space, Donelson Plaza was recently approved for a revitalization project. In the next two years, the area will be transformed and updated to a walkable urban space centered around a new Nashville Public Library. Building facades will be refurbished along with landscapes and sidewalks.
What else does Donelson have to offer?
- Donelson is home to Nashville’s airport, so it’s the first and last stop when traveling by air!
- Get the best of both worlds: a suburban oasis and an easy connection to other neighborhoods and downtown Nashville. Donelson has a convenient Music City Star station right in the downtown area. It has been planned for redevelopment as well.
- Since March 1974, Donelson has been home of the Grand Ole Opry located at the Grand Ole Opry House near Opryland Hotel. The Opry House was added to the National Historic Register in 2015.
- There are beautiful, historic homes that still function in Donelson today, such as Two Rivers Mansion (site of the Hip Donelson farmers market and summer concert series), Belair Mansion (which is undergoing redevelopment as an event facility), and Clover Bottom Plantation (which is home to the TN Historical Commission).
- Donelson is home to a fantastic green space: Two Rivers park and the new planned Stones River Bend Park, which is 800 acres of contiguous land along where the Cumberland and Stones Rivers meet. Also, the longest section of Metro Greenway, the Stone’s River Greenway at 10.2 miles, is located in the Donelson area.
- Delicious local restaurants, such as McNamara’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. This traditional Irish pub acts as a neighborhood joint and destination for live music. Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace serves dishes with locally and regionally sourced products and craft beers. Phatbites is a go-to spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner, bar food, beer, and live music. Nectar Urban Cantina has delicious food and lives music on the patio.
Jeff Syracuse, one of the founders of Hip Donelson, says for the residents it’s all about the sense of community and connectedness across generations. “It is family-friendly; the community is loyal, warm-hearted. There are generational changes, but one group is not pushing the other out. We are all co-mingling … there are gradual generational changes happening in Donelson, which you can primarily see at the farmers market, but you won’t see fundamental structural changes.” (Source)
For example, one local business is trying to foster relationships and bring the community together in unique ways outside of being a place to meet and spend money. Caliber Coffee has hosted classes on how to make cold brew coffee at home and a crocheting class. They have a special board that allows customers to pay for others’ drinks, and they host fundraisers to send employees to camps for teens.
As Donelson sees an influx of younger families, it’s not forgetting those longtime residents. Fifty Forward Donelson provides care, volunteer opportunities, arts and education with the mission to enrich the lives of adults 50+. Fifty Forward is home to The Larry Keeton Theatre, which brings art and arts education to the community at an affordable price.
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