Continuing on with the road trip that I took from Boston to Nashville, and back, this month for a conference! Starting from the beginning…..
While everyone else at the conference was using their occasional free couple of hours each lunchtime either hunting for cowboy boots, or buying country music CDs, I was out wandering around cemeteries!
By Monday the wind and rain had appeared, but I was lucky enough to be able to get out when it was still only raining quite light. Still on my quest for local history, I started out at Nashville National Cemetery. It was established as a US Military Cemetery in 1867, so it acts as the resting place for military servicemembers dating back as far as the Civil War.
Next I took a wander around Mount Olivet Cemetery. It’s a huge cemetery (I’d have been lost if I hadn’t had a GPS with me!) where many political and business leaders are buried. And it’s also home to Confederate Circle.
This is a plot of land originally purchased post-Civil War by the women of Nashville, for burial of Confederate soldiers who died in nearby battles. The beautiful Confederate Memorial stands tall in the center of this area.
Finally I spent some time at The Hermitage – home of President Andrew Jackson. Out in the grounds at the back of the house they have a small burial area called Confederate Soldiers Home Cemetery.
It contains 484 graves of veterans, all laid out in a circle around a central monument, with four paths extending out from it – representing the St. Andrew’s Cross. Most of the veterans died while in the nearby Confederate Soldiers’ Home where soldiers who had served honorably in the Confederate Army were cared for.
At the edge of the cemetery you can see the Old Hermitage Church. This was a church that President Jackson provided for the neighborhood in 1823 after the original one burned down.
Although the weather wasn’t great for sightseeing, it did end up being perfect for the mood it created in the cemetery photographs.
So another fun lunchtime was had by me, chasing down some history!