November 27, 2017 | Haley Kinard
Nashvilles ‘First Citizen’:
Jacques-Timothée Boucher, Sieur de Montbrun aka Timothy Demonbreun

As a Real Estate company we are always interested in newcomers. …“Welcome to Nashville! Let us help you find your dream home!” … But it is equally exciting to take a look back at how this bustling city came to fruition. Nashville residents pride themselves on being fiercely independent with a rebel nature and entrepreneurial spirit. Interestingly enough Nashville’s ‘first citizen’ fits this exact personality mold. Timothy Demonbreun was born into wealth and title in Quebec but shed these birthrights in his early teens to explore the great unknown. He ventured into present day Nashville and resided in a cave on the Cumberland River for a time before erecting a permanent homestead. He went on to cultivate a wildly successful fur trading business and rose to the rank of lieutenant governor of the army on his own merits. Because of his adventurous nature he was able to carved a life out of the wilderness that resulted in present day Nashville. There are significant landscape markers all over the city that remind us of Demonbreun’s pioneering including a major street name, several statues and plaques, as well as a famous bed and breakfast located in the 12 South Neighborhood. So yes — welcome to Nashville just know you have some adventurous shoes to fill to truly be considered a ‘Nashvillian!’  


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