image header

facebook icon  



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

Memorial Day Dash 5k - In Person and Virtual

The Memorial Day Dash 5k is back with an In-person or Virtual Option! Join us for the 21st annual Memorial Day Dash benefiting the Nashville City Cemetery Association! "This race is our single biggest fundraiser of the year, and we are excited to once again offer in–person and virtual races to kickoff summer with a fun, history–filled 5k," says Jeff Sellers, Memorial Day Dash 5k Race coordinator.

Proceeds from both races support the preservation and repairs of the Nashville City Cemetery, the oldest and most historic cemetery in the city. This year the Spring storms severely damaged the cemetery with downed limbs and uprooted trees.

MONDAY, MAY 31, 2021 AT 7:30 AM CDT
In Person Registration

Hosted by the Nashville City Cemetery Association, the Metro Historical Commission, and the Nashville Striders, the in–person course features some of the most historic three miles in Nashville. Beginning at the Adventure Science Center, the course runs through Fort Negley Historic Park with beautiful views of the Nashville Cityscape, then loops back around St. Cloud Hill to the Nashville City Cemetery where runners will wind their way through some of the most historic names in Nashville.

–Start / Finish in front of Adventure Science Center on Fort Negley Blvd.

–Race morning packet pickup opens at 6:00 AM

–Race Starts promptly at 7:30 AM

–Masks will be required pre–and post–race while in the start/finish area

–All times will be chip time with staggered start and social distancing

–No hydration on the course. Plan to self–hydrate if needed

–Guaranteed shirts if registered by 5/20/21

FRIDAY, MAY 28 to MONDAY, MAY 31, 2021
Virtual Race Registration

Sponsored by the Nashville City Cemetery Association and the Tennessee State Parks, the virtual race kicks off when you are ready to go any time during Memorial Day weekend from Friday, May 28 through Monday, May 31 either on a treadmill, around your neighborhood, or any course you choose. We encourage everyone to complete your miles on Memorial Day and remember someone special to you.

–Log your time at any point during the weekend

–Guaranteed medals if registered by May 14th

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

Vertical Line

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

Return to top

Facebook logo Instagram-Logo