Events


Recent Events Board/Membership Party Tree Planting Tree Foundation
Living History Tour Memorial Day Dash 2013 Master Gardeners

Upcoming Events

We encourage you to use the interpretive signs posted around the cemetery and the Metro Historical Commission brochure for a self-guided tour of the cemebery. We are working on an app that will provide an individual tour and a volunteer on call to do group tours with advance notice. Please use the contact us form to also request a group tour.

Tours will be held on the Saturdays listed below for Clean Up Days from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in an ongoing attempt to have more opportunities for guided visits to the City Cemetery. As more information on these tours becomes available, it will be posted on the site.

HON April 13
April 13, 2013 Clean up Team - Photograph by Jill Meese

Hands on Nashville Clean up Days
Saturdays - 9:00-11:00 a.m.

  • May 10, 2014
  • June 14, 2014
  • July 12, 2014
  • August 9, 2014
  • September 13, 2014

To register to help us, go to Hands on Nashville website.

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Recent Events

Monday, May 26, 2014 – Memorial Day Dash 8:00 a.m. Sounds Stadium.

Saturday, May 10, 2014– Master Gardeners' Tour – 10:00-11:30 a.m. The Davidson County Master Gardeners maintain the historically accurate gardens in City Cemetery. Their popular tours instruct and inspire amateur gardeners of all levels.

Board Meeting/Membership Party 2013

Board Party 2013

– Photography by Lyn James     

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November 9, 2013 – Civil War Tour with John Allyn 10:00-11:00 a.m. This years tour, Bad Decisions, visited Felix Zollicoffer, Bushrod Johnson, and Paul Shirley.

Photography by Alison Auerbach    

September 21, 2013 - Living History Tour – 2:00-6:00 p.m. For details, CLICK HERE for press release or CLICK HERE for flyer.

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Chestnut Tree Planting

Photography by Lyn James      

NCCA board member, Lyn C. James, was contacted by a member of the TN chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF), Vicki Turner, who is active in the repopulation of the American Chestnut. Believing that certified arboretums are a perfect place to plant Restoration Chestnut trees, Vicki suggested we consider planting two trees for cross pollination at the City Cemetery. (See related article in this issue regarding our Arboretum Designation Ceremony.)

The General James Robertson Chapter, NSDAR, (Lyn's DAR chapter), expressed interest in planting a Tennessee native tree at the Cemetery, as James Robertson and his family rest there. The DAR chapter made a donation to The American Chestnut Foundation for the planting of two Restoration Chestnut trees.

Fred Zahn of the Metro Historical Commission met Lyn at the City Cemetery in March to determine placement of the trees referencing early maps of the Cemetery. And, on April 1, 2013, Vicki met Lyn at the Cemetery to plant two 4-foot-tall trees, twenty feet apart, where they will grow to share a canopy and ultimately reach a mature height of 100 feet.

June 2, 2013 – Nashville Tree Foundation Designation Ceremony – 2:00 p.m.
We are pleased to announce that the Nashville City Cemetery has been recognized as an arboretum by the Nashville Tree Foundation. 


Winder Campbell, Past President of NCAA, on left, receiving plaque from Robin Bible, Forester (the independent judge who verified the trees were labeled correctly, etc.)


George Cate, Nashville Tree Foundation board member (who gave "Welcome" at ceremony)
and his daughter, Lyn C. James, NCCA board member


NCCA board members: left to right – Jim Hester (ex-officio, Metro Parks), Lyn C. James, Fletch Coke, Winder Campbell, Tim Walker (ex-officio, Director of Metro Historical Commission), Robert Mather,
Liz Parrott, Danya Downey

Photographs courtesy of Lyn C. James, Cathy C. Sullivan, Blythe Cate, & Carolyn Sorenson

Arboretum Program Front
CLICK HERE for Arboretum Map in PDF Format

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May 2


7, 2013 – Memorial Day Dash

Photography by Lyn James    

Dash 2013 Alisoin Auerbach photographer

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May 11, 2013 – Master Gardeners' Tour – 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Members of the Davidson County Master Gardeners will give visitors a glimpse of the cemetery as it was around 1862. The Master Gardeners maintain the flower gardens with plants that would be found in the cemetery right before the Civil War. This event is free and open to the public. Free parking for the Master Gardeners' Tour is available within the cemetery grounds. For more information about the event, please contact the Metropolitan Historical Commission at 615-862-7970.

Master Gardeners' Preparation for May 11 - Photographs by Robert Mather     

April 21, 2013 - DAR Event - about 2:00 p.m.
The Tennessee Society Daughters of the American Revolution has a memorial service each spring for their members who have passed away during the past year, placing carnations in a large wreath for each of them.  After our meeting is over, we then take the wreath on a stand to be placed at the grave of a prominent woman in the area.  Last year we placed that wreath at Rachel Jackson's grave at the Hermitage.

This year the DAR placed their annual memorial wreath at the grave of Charlotte Reeves Robertson in Nashville City Cemetery.


All Activities Benefit Cemetery Preservation

     The City Cemetery has been an important cemetery for Nashvillians for almost two centuries.  The cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its historical and architectural significance.

    The Nashville City Cemetery Association was formed in 1998 to work with the Metro Historical Commission and the city of Nashville to protect, preserve and restore the cemetery.

Also see pictures from the 2012 Memorial Day Dash, and Other Special Events

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Nashville, TN 37215

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