Historic Nashville City Cemetery

Historic Nashville City CemeteryThe old Nashville City Cemetery, located on 4th Avenue South, was begun in the 1820s, and is the oldest public cemetery in middle Tennessee. It has a long and illustrious history as a final resting place for a cross section of early Nashville citizens, from the everyday to the famous, including Nashville founders, James and Charlotte Robertson.

In recent years, the cemetery has suffered from neglect and vandalism. The Davidson County Master Gardeners became involved in the late 1990s as a part of a renewed conservation and restoration effort by the newly formed Nashville City Cemetery Association and the Metropolitan Historical Commission. Master Gardeners plant vinca minor, also known as periwinkle or graveyard vine, between the close set old markers and tombs. With time and growth the vinca will displace grass and weeds, thereby reducing the damage done to the soft limestone monuments by weed eaters and lawnmowers.

Master Gardeners participated in a restoration planting in which trees were replanted where the same species had stood on the original cemetery plan. Master Gardeners have also served as guides on the annual interpretive history tour organized by the Cemetery Association and the Historical Commission that is held each October. Our program of planting is ongoing in an effort to aid in the conservation of this important Nashville historic landmark.

Nashville City Cemetery Association Website


Our 4th Annual Boxwood Pruning demo at the City Cemetery was a Hugh success. We had 14 Master Gardeners, New class members and Cemetery Board members at each of the two Saturdays. Though it was in the 40's, we learned all about Boxwoods and had fun doing it. Thanks to all for coming to the Cemetery. Many had never been to the Cemetery and said they will be back to help us on some of our work days. We welcome one and all.

Great News, Catherine Atwell, who has worked at the Cemetery project for several years, is now officially a co-chair, along with Lou Anne and myself. She will be a great asset. MARK YOUR CALENDERS: We will have our first work day in the cemetery on Saturday, April 3rd 9 am to 1p. Time to get the flower gardens ready for spring. April 10th is the first SATURDAY WALKING TOUR OF THE NASHVILLE CITY CEMETERY, presented by the Master Gardeners Project at the Cemetery. Lou Anne, Catherine and Myself will give you and the general public a look at what the Master Gardeners do at the Cemetery and a lot of it's History and stories about some of our Cities characters over the years. Bring your family and friends.