PEST HOUSE CEMETERY
NW-43: NASHVILLE, DAVIDSON COUNTY, TN. Exact locations unknown.
Pest House Cemetery was brought to the attention of the Davidson County Cemetery Survey by a relative of a person buried in this cemetery. According to the Davidson County Death Records:
William Burton. Age 22. Residence N. Front. Died January 11, 1891.
Cause of Death Consumption. Buried at the Pest House Cemetery.
Initial research into the history of the Pest House has revealed that there were several locations for the Pest House in Davidson County and probably several cemeteries. According to information on the Nashville Metropolitan Bordeaux Hospital web site, the Pest House, on Charlotte Pike, was used prior to 1917, “to house and care for persons with infectious and contagious diseases.” Isolation of these sick people was thought necessary to reduce the threat of epidemics. For more information on the Pest House and the Isolation Hospital, go to the web site at www.nashville.org/bordeaux/history
Research is continuing on the locations of the Pest House cemeteries. Initial study of the Death Records of Nashville, 1889-1896, finds people buried in the Pest House Cemetery, during this period, who had died of consumption, old age and Summer Complaint.
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