History of Monroe Harding

Monroe Harding was founded as a Presbyterian Orphanage in 1893 by Mrs. Fannie Harding, in memory of her husband, Dr. James Monroe Harding. The gift consisted of their home and five acres of land located on 18th Avenue North in Nashville.

The purpose of Monroe Harding was to provide a home for children who did not have parents— or whose parents were unable to provide for them. Since our founding, Monroe Harding has helped almost 15,000 children.

In the 1930s, needs arose for a new facility. Board President William Dunn Trabue led the property search and building campaign. The result? Our present location on Glendale Lane.

Throughout the forties, fifties, and sixties, boys and girls called Monroe Harding “Home”.

In the seventies and beyond, the societal needs of children and youth changed. And Monroe Harding’s programs changed to meet those needs.

Today, the youth who are recipients of Fannie Harding’s legacy either are, or have been in state’s custody. Just as in Fannie Harding’s day, Monroe Harding still strives to give every child the chance for a better life.


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