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.
November 9, 2013 – Civil War Tour with John Allyn 10:00-11:00 a.m. This years tour, Bad Decisions, will visit Felix Zollicoffer, Bushrod Johnson, and Paul Shirley. Come and enjoy – FREE.
Saturdays, February 8 & 22, 2014– Master Gardeners' Boxwood Trimming Class, 9:00 a.m. – FREE.
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. Come celebrate spring with us! – FREE
Monday, May 26, 2014 – Memorial Day Dash 8:00 a.m. Sounds Stadium. Watch for further details!
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.
April 13, 2013 Clean up Team - Photo by Jill Meese
Hands on Nashville Clean up Days
Saturdays - 9:00-11:00 a.m.
- April 12, 2014
- May 10, 2014
To register to help us, go to Hands on Nashville website.
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.
Photos 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
CLICK HERE for Arboretum Map in PDF Format
May 27, 2013 – Memorial Day Dash
Photography by Lyn James