Welcome to Nashville's oldest outdoor museum.

THE STORIES OF NASHVILLE'S PAST LIVE HERE

Commemorating 200 Years!

Join us for a community celebration at the cemetery  on October 22, 2022.

View a Map of our Cemetery

There are two maps available to assist in finding the gravesite you are researching. 

Protect. Preserve. Restore.

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.

The Nashville City Cemetery, located at 1001 4th Avenue South, is the oldest continuously operated public cemetery in Nashville. On March 9, 1820, the mayor and aldermen of Nashville purchased four acres of land located “on the plains, south of town, for its burying ground.”  The cemetery opened on January 1, 1822. By 1850 the cemetery was the final resting place for more than 11,000 people of every race, religion and economic status.

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Become a Donor

Links appear throughout this site for donations. Your donations help us to preserve this fragile historic site.

Become a Member

Membership is open to anyone interested in helping to preserve this historic outdoor museum. We hope you’ll join us!

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We hope you will use our site to research the early residents of Nashville who are buried here. The information available on this site represents hours of research by historians, volunteers, and descendants dedicated to preserving this part of Nashville’s story. We thank them for their tireless efforts.

Cemetery History

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Obituary Index

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Restoration History

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Inscriptions

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Glossary

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Sextons

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Frequently Asked Questions

Since the opening in 1822, there have been 20,000 interments in the City Cemetery. Over the years, there have been removals including Civil War Federal soldiers to the National Cemetery, Gallatin Pike, C.S.A. soldiers to the Confederate Circle at Mt. Olivet, and the relocation of graves to new family lots in Mt. Olivet Cemetery after the Civil War.

Four of Nashville’s founders, James and Charlotte Robertson & John and Ann Robertson Cockrill; American Revolutionary War soldiers Lipscomb Norvell, Joel Lewis, Anthony Foster; four Confederate generals: Felix Zollicoffer, Bushrod Johnson, Richard Ewell, and Samuel Read Anderson; the man who named the American flag “Old Glory,” Captain William Driver; Union Navy Commodore Paul Shirley; a Tennessee Governor, William Carroll; 15 mayors of Nashville, and two of the original Fisk Jubilee Singers, Mabel Lewis Imes and Ella Sheppard Moore.

Nashville City Cemetery opened in 1822. The cemetery marks its bicentennial year in 2022.

Becoming a Member links appear throughout this site. Membership is open to anyone interested in supporting the mission of the Nashville City Cemetery Association, with several membership levels available. We welcome all. Also, we are always interested in hearing from descendants of those buried there.

Becoming a Donor links appear throughout this site. Two primary sponsorship opportunities provide additional avenues for support, the Memorial Day Dash and special historic activities in the fall. Your donations help us to preserve this fragile historic site. You may also support us by becoming a member, attending our tours and events, and volunteering. We are always interested in hearing from descendants of those buried there.

Working to preserve the final resting place of Nashville's earliest residents.

The Nashville City Cemetery is part of the Metro Parks system and open for public visitation daily from dawn to dusk.