Shops along Stewarts Ferry Pike in Gladeville
|Elevation||597 ft (182 m)|
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Gladeville is an unincorporated community in Wilson County, Tennessee. The community is named for the surrounding cedar glades— a unique type of ecosystem that thrives in the thin or barren soil of south Wilson County. Gladeville is located just off Interstate 840 along Stewarts Ferry Pike, approximately 10 miles (16 km) southwest of Lebanon.
Gladeville was founded in 1852 on land of Benjamin Hooker Jr. and grew steadily for several years, although the outbreak of the Civil War slowed its growth. The post office was established in 1855 with John M. Bland as the first postmaster. Notable Gladeville natives include Grand Ole Opry fiddler Sid Harkreader (1898–1988). The community is home to the Nashville Superspeedway.
Gladeville was formerly a regional softball hub in the 1980s and 1990s with many large tournaments being held in the spring and summer months. However, in the early 2000s a significant decrease in activity occurred and by the mid 2000s, activity ceased completely. The softball field has been used for various youth teams since, and is currently utilized by the Diamond Dawgs, which boasts 11U and 12U AAA traveling competitive baseball teams.
The community was struck by an EF-1 tornado on the afternoon of November 18, 2017.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present. Goodspeed Publishing Company. 1886. p. 856.
- James Drake, An Historical Sketch of Wilson County, Tennessee (Lebanon, Tenn.: The Press of the Democrat, 1976), 16. Originally published in 1879.
- "History of Wilson County, Tennessee - Its Land and its Life", G. Frank Burns, Editor, pg. 236.