Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Ridley Wills II as he signs Nashville Pikes, Volume Two: 150 Years Along Hillsboro Pike.
Nashville Pikes, Volume Two: 150 Years Along Hillsboro Pike is the second of a series of books written by Ridley Wills II. The first volume was about historic sites along the Franklin and Granny White Pikes, while the third, expected to be published in 2017, will be about historic sites along Harding Pike.
On May 7, 2016, Mr. Wills was given an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of the South. The profile of Mr. Wills, printed in the baccalaureate service program, read in part: “William Ridley Wills II, an heir to one of Nashville’s most notable families, is a well-known historian and author. A prolific author, he ahs written 22 books, including The History of Belle Meade: Mansion, Plantation and Stud; Belle Meade Country Club; Gentleman, Scholar, Athlete: The History of Montgomery Bell Academy; The YMCA of Middle Tennessee; Tennessee Governors at Home: and The Hermitage at 100, Nashville’s First Million Dollar Hotel. His other books involve local history and biographies of prominent Nashvillians. Mr Wills has been called ‘Nashville’s unofficial historian’. His insatiable interest in history led him to write Touring Tennessee: A Postcard Panorama 1898-1955, showcasing some of the 30l,000 Tennessee postcards he has collected. Mr. Wills won the Tennessee History Book Award in 1991.”
Ridley Wills II is on the board of Montogomery Bell Academy, where he served as chairman for nine years. He is an elder at The Downtown Presbyterian Church and a trustee of the Tennessee Historical Society, where he was president for two years. Between 2006 and 2015, he was extremely active with the Land Trust for Tennessee, leading the effort between 2011 and 2013 to restore the historic Glen Leven home, built in 1857.