These Ionic column capitals once adorned the Cumberland College building constructed in 1806 just south of downtown Nashville. Originally founded in December 1785 as Davidson Academy (the nation's 15th college), Cumberland's charter was altered in 1826, changing its name to University of Nashville. In 1875, the State Normal School was founded by the Peabody Education Fund and was affiliated with the University of Nashville until 1909 when it was incorporated as George Peabody College for Teachers. In 1914 the college moved to this campus and in 1979 merged with Vanderbilt University.
Peabody College, founded in 1875 as the State Normal College, was originally affiliated with the University of Nashville which traced its roots to Davidson Academy, founded in 1785. This Plaque was displayed on the Gate Keeper's lodge, built in 1889 near the main entrance to the old "South Campus," located on Market Street (today 2nd Avenue) and home to the University of Nashville, Montgomery Bell Academy, Peabody Normal School, and, later, Vanderbilt University's Medical and Dental Departments.