Friends of Riverside Drive
The Riverside Blossom Festival is proud to be partnering with a local non-profit Friends of Riverside Drive!
"Riverside Drive is familiar to all who live on the east side of Nashville but unknown to many who reside in other parts of Davidson County. The wide boulevard seems almost out of place, meandering about three miles, through a mostly residential section from Shelby Park in East Nashville to the Inglewood community, where it merges with Greenfield Avenue.
A decision to research the story of Riverside Drive, came after reading the following embellished description in a book titled, All About Nashville, published in
1912, and written by Ida Clyde Clarke.
'Riverside Drive, a boulevard extending from Belle Meade, five miles west, to the National Cemetery, six miles north, is one of the most beautiful drives in the world. The Harding Road, from Belle Meade to the city, is an already notable and popular highway of great beauty. This leads direct to the great Broadway Bridge, on the east side of which the new boulevard extends up the river to Shelby Park, thence through a fine section of the country to Inglewood, one of the handsomest residence subdivisions in the environs of Nashville, through the center of which it passes to the Gallatin Pike and thence to the National Cemetery.'"
A plaque was erected in 1959 at the start of Riverside Drive dedicating the drive to the fallen soldiers of World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. It reads:
DEDICATED TO OUR AMERICAN SERVICEMEN
WHO FOUGHT IN WORLD WARS I & II
AND THE KOREAN WAR
RELANDSCAPED AND REDEDICATED
MAY 30, 1959
CLUBS OF INGLEWOOD