Nashville City Cemetery to host 18th Annual Living History Tour

Actors will portray historical characters.    - photo by John Cross

Actors will portray historical characters. – photo by John Cross

The 18th annual Living History Tour: The Early Settlers of Nashville will be held Saturday, October 14th from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Nashville City Cemetery.

The Nashville City Cemetery Association hosts this event, which will tell the      stories and experiences of Nashville’s first settlers and explain how these pioneers were able to endure the hardships of the wilderness and create a successful community. This year’s tour is produced by founding board member Fletch Coke.

While touring the historic cemetery grounds, visitors will have the opportunity to meet and interact with costumed actors and interpreters portraying some of Middle Tennessee’s most recognizable historical characters, such as James Robertson and his wife, Charlotte.

James Robertson was the leader of the overland pioneers who settled at French Lick, now Nashville, in 1779. Charlotte Robertson, and     the Robertson’s sister-in-law, Ann Cockrill, were pioneer women who arrived at French Lick by boat in 1780, raised their children on the frontier, and served the community with their good works.

Other historical figures to be portrayed are Piomingo, a Native American who sought to make peace with the settlers, and Robert Renfro, a slave who was permitted by law to operate a tavern on the Public Square in 1794 and later had his freedom granted by the state legislature.

Opened in 1822, the Nashville City Cemetery is the oldest continuously operated public cemetery in Nashville, and is the burial place of many of the city’s founders and early leaders.

The Living History Tour is one of two yearly fund- raising activities sponsored by the Nashville City Cemetery Association. All proceeds from the tour will help fund preservation efforts for the Nashville City Cemetery, including repairs to headstones and grave markers recently damaged by vandals.

Tickets for the Living History Tour are $5 per person or $10 per family. Free parking and shuttle services to and from the cemetery will be available at the Greer Stadium parking lot, at 534 Chestnut Street. Nashville City Cemetery is located at 1001 Fourth Avenue South.

For more information about the 2017 Living History Tour and to purchase tickets, visit the Nashville City Cemetery Association website at: thenashvillecity cemetery.org