Visit the Nashville City Cemetery

The Nashville City Cemetery provides free tours on the second Saturday of each month. These themed tours cover various aspects of the history of the people buried here and of the the cemetery’s story. In addition, the month of October is our traditional tour month, with options over the years ranging from living history tours with costumed portrayers to evening lantern tours. Visit our events page to learn about upcoming tour opportunities. In addition, you can contact us to request special group tours.

Nashville City Cemetery Tour App

We recommend that you download the Nashville City Cemetery Tour app from the App Store or Google Play for a narrated walking tour to enhance your next visit. (Please review our Privacy Policy.)

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.

This self-guided audio tour leads guests through the cemetery and provides biographies for select residents, as well as pictures and additional information. Visitors can access this tour at any time.

Brochures and Maps

Discover Nashville Brochure

Download this brochure for a general layout of the cemetery and as a guide to some of the historic figures buried here.

Arboretum Guide

The cemetery is a designated Nashville Tree Foundation arboretum and home to a beautiful array of trees. Download this brochure to find their locations.

Interpretive Signs for Self-Guided Tours

Designed by Ashworth Environmental Design – 2009

Please click on the image to zoom in and view more details. 

On your visit to the cemetery, you will find kiosks throughout the site containing information about surrounding burials of interest. Please take the time to learn about Nashville’s rich history and the contributions of these early Nashville residents.

Kiosk 1 – Disease and Burial Practices

Kiosk 2 – Monuments and Architects
Kiosk 3 – From Settlements to Industry
Kiosk 4 – Business and Culture
Kiosk 5 – A Community of Citizens and Soldiers
Kiosk 6 – Athens of the West
Kiosk 7 – The Civil War
Kiosk 8 – African Americans in the City Cemetery
Kiosk 9 – Decline and Restoration
Kiosk 10 – Cemetery Expansion and the Railroad

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