Hear the Stories Behind the Stones as Nashville City Cemetery Hosts Annual Living History Tour

Popular Event Slated for Oct. 2

Sep 09, 2010, 15:19 ET from The Nashville City Cemetery Association

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nashville City Cemetery Association will host their annual living history tour of Nashville's City Cemetery at Fourth Avenue South and Oak Street on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 1:30 – 5:30pm.

On this special tour, Nashville's history will come to life. Local actors in period costumes will portray some of the city's most influential early citizens now buried on the site including Governor William Carroll; Thomas Bellsnyder (a Riverboat Captain); Nelson Merry (first ordained African American Baptist Minister in Nashville); W.R. Cornelius (a leading Nashville undertaker) and recently reinterred attorney and duelist Charles Dickinson.

The tour will also feature Town Criers elaborating on such topics as Civil War burials, children in the cemetery, former Nashville mayors and U.S.C.T. (U.S. Colored Troops).

In addition, antebellum crafts people will be demonstrating the art of quilting, cedar headboard carving and creating mourning jewelry.

The popular event is designed to be a delightful and educational outing for the whole family.

Tickets are $5 for individuals and $10 for families and can be purchased at the entrance gate. Parking is available at the Nashville Sounds Stadium. Buses will provide round-trip transportation. The tour will last approximately one hour. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Proceeds go to the Nashville City Cemetery Association for the continuing restoration and documentation of the cemetery. For more information, call the Metropolitan Historical Commission at 862-7970 or go to www.thenashvillecitycemetery.org.

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

Opened in 1822, the City Cemetery is the oldest continuously operated public cemetery in Nashville. A walk through the grounds is truly a walk through Nashville's history.

The Nashville City Cemetery is under the supervision of the Metropolitan Historical Commission and is open daily.

SOURCE The Nashville City Cemetery Association