Just after the Civil War, Nashville bloomed into what was called “the New South.” Businesses, schools, and theaters sprang up everywhere and it soon became the cultural and commercial center of the South. And the Ryman was in the middle of it all.
The “Union Gospel Tabernacle” (the Rymans original name) was constructed as a place where people of all faiths could join together in worship, and grow together in culture. One of the most famous events there took place in 1897 when the Confederate veterans hosted a reunion with performances by the New York Metropolitan Opera. Donations from veterans – both Union and Confederate – built the balcony that almost doubled the seating capacity. Named the Confederate Gallery, some argue (and we have to agree) the best seats in the house are in that balcony.
A house built to include all, to support all, and to celebrate all, the Ryman is a beacon that we hope continues to lead and inspire. What a great house to call home.