19th Annual Living History Tour at the Nashville City Cemetery
From Slave & Free, Patriot & Rebel: Nashville in a new nation, and at war with itself.
Step into Nashville's past to learn how Nashville has become the city it is today.
Come and discover how the early pioneers carved out a successful community on the western frontier in just 27 years. The first settlers arrived in December 1779 and more arrived in April 1780. Discover how these courageous men and women arrived at French Lick, built Fort Nashborough, and endured the hardships of life in the wilderness. Meet children of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, enslaved people, and those at war over that issue.
· Be greeted by William Cornelius, a Nashville undertaker who buried tens of thousands on both sides during the Civil War.
· Hear of the lives of two enslaved women Matilda Polk who served at Polk Place, and Sally Thomas who worked to free her children.
· Hear of the divide caused by the Civil War with “Old Glory” William Driver, and Confederate General Felix Zollicoffer.
· Learn about our first State Geologist Gerard Troost, who surveyed our state shortly after settlement for resources to be used in building our state and country.
The Nashville City Cemetery Association and Metro Historical Commission are partnering again to produce a fun and informative tour about Nashville. All of the people portrayed on the Living History Tour helped form the Nashville of today. All afternoon, strolling through the grounds, will be Charlotte and James Robertson, two of the Founders of Nashville. Chat with them and have your picture taken.
DAY OF TICKETS ARE FOR SALE AT THE FRONT GATE OF THE EVENT; CORNER OF 4TH AVE S AND OAK STREET. Advance tickets via Eventbrite
Parking available at the Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd
Shuttles will run from 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM
MASTER GARDENERS HAVE VOLUNTEERED AS TOUR GUIDES FOR THE PAST 18 YEARS.
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