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The Nashville City Cemetery Association, Inc. is a membership organization that works to protect, preserve, restore and raise public awareness of the Nashville City Cemetery in collaboration with the Historical Commission of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee.

Photo of renactors at the Living History Tour

20th Annual Living History Tour

Saturday, October 12, 2019

2━4 PM ━ Afternoon Tour

6━8 PM ━ Night Tour

Parking Available at Fort Negley, 1100 Fort Negley Blvd with shuttles running from 1:30━9 PM

Tickets are $5 per person and children under age 10 are free.

Click here to purchase tickets

Cemetery Residents Come Alive to Tell Stories and Secrets from the "Wild, Wild Western Frontier" of late 18th and early 19th Century Nashville

The Nashville City Cemetery Association (NCCA) invites the community to hear first━hand stories from residents buried in the city's oldest cemetery as part of its 20th annual Living History Tour on Saturday, Oct. 12, featuring important figures who fought through daunting challenges to help advance the young city in its earliest days.

This year's tour, titled "If Tombstones Could Talk: Triumph and Tragedy from the Wild, Wild Western Frontier," will feature volunteers dressed in full costume, portraying Nashville citizens who faced disease, violence and more as they built Nashville into a leading southern city on the fringe of settled America. Guests can expect to spend about an hour walking with guides through the cemetery to visit each storyteller, with the afternoon tour running from 2━4 p.m. and the night tour━brought back by popular demand━running from 6━8 p.m.

Eighteenth and early nineteenth century Nashville was the scene of triumph and tragedy on a level difficult to comprehend in modern times. The stories from all walks of life can be shocking and inspiring ━ but always educational.

The Tour coincides with the unveiling of the NCCA's new 28━stop tour app, available for free through the "Tour Buddy" app on Apple and Android devices. This self━guided audio tour leads guests through the cemetery and provides biographies for select residents, as well as pictures and extra information. Visitors can access this tour at any time.

Tickets for the Living History Tour are $5 for individuals, and children 10 and under are free. Attendees are encouraged to purchase them through Eventbrite for a fast entry, but day━of tickets may also be purchased with cash or credit at the front gate at the corner of 4th Ave S. and Oak St. Free parking and shuttle service will be provided at Fort Negley Park, 1100 Fort Negley Blvd. from 1:30 ━ 9 p.m.

2nd Edition of City Cemetery Book
now available online for download!

85 tombstones now have replacement markers

To learn more about the history of the characters portrayed in the 2017 Living History Tour, visit the City Cemetery, click Living History 2017

Fall Newsletter 2017

CLICK HERE for e-newsletter about Living History Tour and HERE for the Fall 2017 Newsletter.

Nashville Chew Crew Logo

To Meet Nashville Chew Crew – CLICK HERE

GPS Map available for veterans interred in the cemetery – CLICK HERE

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Looking for your ancestor at City Cemetery?
CLICK HERE for a helpful Tutorial about how to use the features of this website

Nashville City Cemetery
Dedication of Replacement Tombstones
Salley and London Acklen
For press release, CLICK HERE
For Program, CLICK HERE
CLICK HERE for pastor's dedication and
HERE for Belmont Mansion Director's remarks..

Historical Commission Tour BrochureTour brochures and interpretive signage are now on-site. We encourage you to use these resources for self-guided tours.




Cemetery Deed Information on Metro Archives
website CLICK HERE

To contact the Association to request a
group tour CLICK HERE

To schedule an event at the City Cemetery
Metro Historical Commission application

Aboretum Brochure < Arboretum Brochure about City Cemetery Available

Map of Parking when visiting the
Cemetery - CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE for suggestions from the
Metro Historical Commission
before you make a visit to Nashville City Cemetery and CLICK HERE for helpful parking suggestions

The Nashville City Cemetery is open for public visitation from Dawn to Dusk. Please call the phone number on the front entrance sign if the gate is locked between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
dogwoodsOpened in 1822, the City Cemetery is the oldest continuously operated public cemetery in Nashville.

A walk through the cemetery is truly a walk through Nashville's history. The gravestones tell the stories of individuals and families from the 1820s to the present day.

In response to the disrepair, vandalism, and neglect over many decades, former Mayor Bill Purcell and the Metro Council approved the Mayor's Capital Budget request for a $3M project to restore the City Cemetery. The Restoration, including conserved tombstones and monuments as well as new street signs, lighting, paved walkways & roadways and interpretive signage will be completed in the fall of 2009. Many exciting and noticeable improvements are in progress. You can join the Nashville City Cemetery Association in continuing to help to preserve this fragile historic site by becoming a member, attending our tours and events, volunteering, and/or making donations. We are always interested in hearing from descendants of those buried there.

Nashville City Cemetery is located at 1001 Fourth Avenue South, at the corner of Fourth Avenue South and Oak Street. Click here for map.

Nashville City Cemetery, under the supervision of the Metro Historical Commission, is open daily for public visitation from Dawn to Dusk. Please call the phone number on the front entrance sign if the gate is locked between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The Nashville City Cemetery Association is pleased to be partnering with  the Community Foundation's GivingMatters website.  Click here to see the listing.

The Second Edition Nashville City Cemetery book is still available in PDF format.
Learn about the history of the cemetery and promote awareness through your download.

The Nashville City Cemetery Association, Inc..
P.O. Box 150733
Nashville, TN 37215
© 2017 - Nashville City Cemetery Association

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