In turn-of-the-century Nashville, Methodist women--who were immersed in the theology of "social gospel"--followed the growing national movement and started Settlement Houses in Nashville:
In 1908, the Warioto Settlement House began for mill workers at the Morgan and Hamilton Bag Company's Warioto Cotton Mill [now upscale Werthan Lofts; "Warioto" is the Native American name for the Cumberland River]. These were white, predominantly rural migrant workers, who lived in Kalb Hollow [now Salemtown], in North Nashville. Young Methodist women from the Methodist Training School of Nashville canvassed the community and invited mill workers to the new settlement. Warioto settlement services ranged from activities for pre-school children to sewing and cooking groups, to mothers learning the newest techniques of child care, diet, and the prevention of disease. From funds raised through the Methodist Centenary Drive, the Warioto Settlement House moved to Monroe Street [in current Germantown] in 1919. Two years later, a new building was erected and Warioto was given the name Centenary Methodist Institute.Regardless of the dramatic changes that have happened to this area in 100 years, this history is a legacy for our neighborhood and it should be remembered and passed on.
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