The Tennessee Centennial
Exposition was held between May 1 and October 31 of 1897 to celebrate
Tennessee's one hundred year anniversary in joining the union. Many
cities and organizations built building along a streetcar line.
The city of Nashville where the
exposition was held built the Parthenon as its pavilion because of the
city's nickname, Athens of the South. It is the only building from the
exposition that remains standing today.