Book Release: ‘A History of Nashville’s Warner Parks’

A History of Nashville's Warner Parks book

Sixteen Authors Collaborate to Preserve the Rich Scientific, Cultural, and Philanthropic Histories of Nashville’s Treasured Warner Parks

Nashville nonprofit Friends of Warner Parks will release A History of Nashville’s Warner Parks on Monday, November 1st, 2021

 For almost a century, Nashville has cherished Percy and Edwin Warner Parks’ 3,187 acres as a beloved Sanctuary in the City, with over 2 million visits to the Parks annually. Friends of Warner Parks’ new book A History of Nashville’s Warner Parks takes readers through the history of this cherished park land from 500,000,000 years ago to the present. The transformation of the land is a tapestry of many stories of conflict and cooperation over millennia culminating in an irreplaceable community asset. The all-encompassing volume addresses the geologic, topographical, natural, social, cultural, military, business, governmental, environmental, and philanthropic histories of the area.

Edited and written in part by Nashville author F. Lynne Bachleda, sixteen authors chronologically tell the story of how the beloved parks were acquired, forged, enjoyed, neglected, and resurrected, ultimately to be cherished, expanded, and protected. The book, copiously illustrated with approximately 175 maps, photographs, illustrations, artifacts, and reproductions of nationally known artists’ oils, watercolors, and drawings, includes current maps, a wide-ranging timeline, and a species list with over 1,100 species in the appendix.

A History of Nashville’s Warner Parks will be available on Monday, November 1st at the Friends of Warner Parks Online Store, the Warner Parks Nature Center, and Parnassus Books in Nashville.

Special thanks to Ingram Content Group for printing this historic book.

Book Events

Friends of Warner Parks is hosting an evening with the authors of A History of Nashville’s Warner Parks at the Warner Parks Nature Center at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2nd. After a panel discussion and presentation, the authors will be available for questions and the hardback, illustration-filled books will be available for purchase. RSVP to or call 615-862-8555.

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