Friday, October 07, 2011

Nashville history comes alive in annual Mount Olivet Cemetery tour


History comes alive at Mount Olivet Cemetery this Saturday — and so will some of the cemetery’s most famous residents.
Re-enactors will guide visitors on a candlelit twilight tour at the 19th annual Confederate Cemetery Illuminated Walking Tour.
It will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for youngsters under age 6.
Every year, the tour features different Nashville historical figures who were laid to rest in the historic Nashville cemetery.
This year’s tour will feature: Adelicia Acklen, whose home, Belmont Mansion, became the future home of Belmont University; formerU.S. Speaker of the House John Bell, who ran against Abraham Lincoln for president and carried Tennessee in 1860; architect Adolphus Heiman, who designed the crypt at Mount Olivet, parts of the original Belmont mansion and St. Mary’s Catholic Church downtown.
Other actors will portray Civil War-era spies, soldiers and Southern belles.
The tour is sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 28. Mount Olivet is at 1101 Lebanon Pike in Nashville.
— Jennifer Brooks
The Tennessean