Civil War and Coffee Walking Tour

Join us on a fascinating walking tour of Nashville's Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood and Fort Negley. We'll start at Fort Negley, where we'll explore the park and learn about its history and Nashville's role in the Civil War. Then, we'll head over to Humphrey's Street Coffee to discover the thriving coffee scene in Nashville and the unique culture of the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. Afterward, we'll walk back over to Fort Negley for a deeper dive into the site's history and significance. Don't miss this chance to see Nashville from a new perspective!

2-3 Hours




  • See and walk inside Fort Negley, the largest inland concrete Civil War Fort in the United States.
  • Learn about Nashville’s role in the Civil War.
  • Discover the details about the construction of the Fort, and its history throughout the War.
  • See one of the most unique views of downtown Nashville.
  • Get to know one of Nashville’s fastest growing and most creative neighborhoods, Wedgewood-Houston.
  • Learn about Nashville’s thriving coffee scene.

Tour Details

Civil War and Coffee Walking Tour

Nashville is a city full of history, culture, and delicious coffee! Our walking tour takes you on a journey through the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood and Fort Negley, two iconic locations that are steeped in Nashville’s rich past.

We’ll begin our tour at Fort Negley, a Union Army fortification built in 1862 during the Civil War. Our guide will lead us through the park and provide insights into the history of the fort and its role in the war. We’ll see the impressive stone fortifications and learn about the soldiers who camped here, and the enslaved population that played a role in building the fort.

As we continue our tour, we’ll make our way to Humphrey’s Street Coffee, located in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. This area is known for its vibrant and unique culture, and Humphrey’s is the perfect spot to experience it. We’ll explore the coffee shop and learn about Nashville’s growing coffee scene, as well as the unique history and culture of the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood.

After our coffee break, we’ll head back to Fort Negley to further explore the park and learn about the Battle of Nashville and the city’s history before and after the war. We’ll also see the stunning views of downtown Nashville and the surrounding hills from the top of the park.

Throughout the tour, your navigator will provide fascinating insights into the rich history and culture of Nashville. Whether you’re a history buff or a coffee lover, this tour is the perfect way to experience the best of both worlds. Don’t miss your chance to join us on this unforgettable walking tour!

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Does the tour operate rain or shine?

Yes, the tour will take place rain or shine. If there is lightning and thunder, or even severe rain, we will seek shelter until it is safe to proceed. Please bring either a rain jacket, poncho, or umbrella if there is a chance of rain. 

What is the group size of the tour?

The group size can depend on the tour operator, but for this tour, we will typically have groups up to 15-20.

Can you accommodate wheelchairs?
Most of Fort Negley and the walk to Humphrey’s Coffee is on an ADA path with appropriate ramps. Please let your navigator know that you will need to access ADA ramps or paths. Please note that much of Fort Negley is on a steep hill, so there will be many downhill and uphill walks on the tour. 

What should I bring on the tour?
XPLR Tours will provide the history and the fun! Please make sure that you bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat for the sun, and good walking shoes. Check the weather to see if a hat or umbrella will be needed for the day. 

Who is this tour suitable for?
This is the ideal tour for families, couples, friends and friend groups, and solo travelers. We welcome all ages on this tour.

How much walking do you do on the tour?
In total, the tour will near two miles of walking. 

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