Set amid the gentle hills and farmlands of central Tennessee, sprawling Nashville attracts millions of visitors each year. The majority come to immerse themselves in country music, whether at mainstream showcases like the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, or in the smaller clubs and honky-tonks found not only downtown but also in Nashville's many neighborhoods. Behind the rhinestone glitter and showbiz exists a hard-working conservative city. Nashville has been the leading settlement in middle Tennessee since Fort Nashborough was established in 1779. A state capital since 1843, it is now the financial and insurance center of the mid-South.