Fossil Hunting at Fort Negley Park • Nashville Fun For Families

Fossil Hunting at Fort Negley Park • Nashville Fun For Families


When most of us hear about Fort Negley, we think of only a couple of things – the Civil War and the Battle of Nashville in particular. But, what you may not immediately think about is the fascinating history hidden deep within the stones themselves.

Tennessee Limestone

Tennessee limestone was formed millions of years ago, from the remains of ancient sea creatures when our state was still under shallow sea water. You can still see evidence of those sea creatures, (coral, brachiopods, crinoids, trilobites, etc.) in the form of fossils. PLEASE NOTE — guests of Fort Negley are never allowed to disturb or take any rocks, artifacts, or plants from the park. However, this is where it gets exciting…

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