Held at the Nashville City Cemetery, the Living History Tour 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. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet and interact with actors and interpreters portraying some of Middle Tennessee’s most recognizable historical characters, such as Andrew Jackson and his wife, Rachel, while touring the historic cemetery grounds. This year’s Living History Tour is part of a 12-month series of special events offered by the Hermitage to commemorate Jackson’s 250th birthday, which took place March 15.
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 fundraising activities sponsored by the Nashville City Cemetery Association. All proceeds from the Living History Tour will help to 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. For more information about the 2017 Living History Tour and to buy tickets, visit thenashvillecitycemetery.org.
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President is one of the largest, most well-preserved and most visited presidential homes in the United States. Opened to the public in 1889, the Hermitage is one of America’s first presidential museums. The Hermitage is currently a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with 27 historic buildings, including Jackson’s mansion and tomb, restored slave cabins, a church and gardens. In recent years, new interpretive initiatives and educational programs such as archaeology and the history of slavery have enhanced the experience of 200,000 annual visitors. In 2015, The Hermitage launched Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm, a state-of-the-art exhibit that delves into the life of Andrew Jackson, including his military and presidential careers. For more information, visit thehermitage.com.