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Mt. Olivet Cemetery Historical Information

MT. OLIVET CEMETERY.  Historical Information
     (Not Surveyed in Davidson County Cemetery Project)
 
Mt. Olivet Cemetery is located at 1101 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, Tennessee.  The Cemetery covers 203 acres. The brochure, available on-site, about Mt. Olivet Cemetery states:  Mount Olivet Cemetery has an impressive history dating back to 1856. The cemetery was established under a State Charter contained in an Act of The General Assembly of the State of Tennessee that was passed on February 18, 1856.

Many famous historical figures and prominent citizens are interred at Mount Olivet Cemetery.  U. S. Supreme Court Justices Howell E. Jackson and John Catron are buried in the cemetery. Tennessee Governors Aaron Brown, William Bate, Benton McMillin and Hill McAlister are buried here.
 
A visitor to Mt. Olivet Cemetery may stop at the Administration Office to pick up a tour leaflet for the historic area of the cemetery.  In 1996,  Mt. Olivet Funeral Home opened on the grounds.  Family researchers should call ahead to the Administration Office prior to making a visit.   
 
Nashville Daily Patriot, Wednesday morning, November 12, 1856
            Mount Olivet Cemetery
            The Directors of this Company now announce to the Public
            that this Cemetery has been laid off with avenues and walks
            and a portion of the grounds subdivided into Family Lots
            which are now offered for sale.   The maps of the Grounds
            may be seen at the office of Lindsley & Crockett, where the
            Public are invited to call and examine the same.  The
            Company feel confident that they could not have made more
            suitable location for a Cemetery in the vicinity of Nashville,
            and pledge themselves to the public to spare no money or
            pains to make it equal to any Cemetery in the Union, and
            such a one as Nashville may feel some pride in… The
            Directors of the Company are desirous that the grounds
            should be visited by the Citizens of Nashville, and for that
            purpose an omnibus will leave the office of Lindsley &
            Crockett, at 4 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon the 8th instant
            and on every Friday afternoon thereafter at the same hour. 
            The seats will be free.  Ladies and Families desirous of visiting
            the grounds, will be called for at their residences by sending
            their cards to the President of the Company.
                A.V.S. Lindsley, President          C.W. Nance, Sec’y
  
Microfilm records of Mt. Olivet Cemetery Interments, Lot Ownership and Section & Lot Maps are available for research at Metro Archives, Tennessee State Library and Archives at 403 Seventh Avenue North, and the Nashville Room, Public Library at 615 Church Street in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
Updated Report:  7-14-2013
                            
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