Opened in 1822, the City Cemetery is the oldest continuously operated public cemetery in Nashville. The Nashville City Cemetery in an outstanding outdoor museum focusing on the history of Middle Tennessee.
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 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 is overseen by the Nashville City Cemetery Association Inc. The annual living history tour is a fundraiser to continue the efforts begun under the project and continuing today.
Nashville City Cemetery is located at 1001 Fourth Avenue South*
at the corner of Fourth Avenue South and Oak Street
*Note: Fourth Avenue is one way going south between Lafayette and Chestnut
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.