2011 Events

Annual Meeting 2011

Saturday - November 5, 2011 - 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Living History Tour

CLICK HERE to see student film about tour - This was filmed by a video student, Jennifer Pinckney, at Nossi for a school project.

Our most popular City Cemetery event, where costumed reenactors bring the history of Middle Tennessee to life. $5.00 for adults. $10 for families.
CLICK HERE to see newsletter article about tour. CLICK HERE to see press release.

Saturday, December 3, 2011, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Civil War Sesquicentennial Tour

Part 1 - "Yes, There's a Yankee Buried Here" dealing with Admiral Paul Shirley;
Part 2 - "The Lost Battle of Nashville" focused on Sgt. White Turpin and related his battle to the businesses and modern landmarks that occupy the battlefield now. e.g. various McMansions and condominiums, the Donut Den, the Lipscomb soccer field, J. T. Moore Middle School, Calvary Church, presenter John Allyn's back yard, etc. Free.

Saturday, September 17, 2011, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Civil War Sesquicentennial Tour
"African Americans in the Civil War" – Black Southerners played an active role in gaining their own freedom. Participants learned about their many contributions on this inspiring tour. Free.

CLICK HERE to see Tennessean article about this tour


Saturday, July 16, 2011, 9:30 a.m.
Civil War Sesquicentennial Tour
"What Were They Thinking?" – A fascinating excursion through City Cemetery lore that examined some of the odd military decisions we have always wondered about. Free.
CLICK HERE for Press Release about this event.

Gould Gravesite
Grave site of Lieutenant Andrew Wills Gould

Johnson Gravesite
Grave site of Major General Bushrod Johnson

Zollicoffer Gravesite
Grave site of Brigadier General Felix K. Zollicoffer

Photography by Lyn Cate James


Monday, May 30, 2011, 8:00 a.m.
The Annual Memorial Day Dash

Photographs by Jill Meese


Logo for Channel 5

Runners Celebrate Memorial Day With 5K Run
Posted: May 29, 2011 10:20 PM EDT
Updated: May 30, 2011 5:31 PM EDT

Runners - Channel 5 postingNASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville runners celebrated Memorial Day Monday morning with a race to benefit the Nashville City Cemetery.

All the money from the Memorial Day Dash goes to restore and preserve the cemetery. It's Metro's oldest cemetery where former mayors and American veterans from the Revolutionary War are buried.

Registration was $25 in advance and $30 on race day. It started at 8 a.m. at Greer Stadium and ended at the city cemetery.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean took part in the run and gave a bit of advice before the race started. "You know my advice is always the same in these runs. I start strong, and then taper off," Mayor Dean joked.

The Boy Scouts lead a brief flag dedication ceremony at the end of the race, and they placed flags on the graves of 75 American veterans.


The Nashville Tree Foundation sponsored the 2011 Big Old Tree Contest and announced the winners at its 24th Annual High Tree Party on April 29, 2011.  The five City Cemetery trees nominated by NCCA board member, Lyn Cate James, were among the 2011 Champions.

High Tree Party Program
CLICK HERE to see Program in PDF Format

Winning Trees

Tree Photographs by Lyn Cate James


Saturday, April 9, 1:30 p.m.
Mayors' Day - and Mayors' Descendents Day
Can you name the fifteen Nashville Mayors who are buried in the Nashville City Cemetery? Do you know which one of them is currently missing a grave marker? Mayor Karl Dean and the Metropolitan Historical Commission honored the Mayors who served Nashville from 1818-1857 and 1961-1963 at the first Mayors' Day event at the City Cemetery. The afternoon program featured a performance by students from the W.O. Smith Music School, speakers stationed at each mayor's gravesite, and Mayor Dean unveiling a new cedar head piece for the "unmarked mayor." CLICK HERE to read press release.





Hands-on-Nashville Clean-up Days

Images Courtesy of Lynn McDonald and Bill Coke


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 2010 Memorial Day Dash, and Other Special Events


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