September-October 2012 - click here to open the newsletter (PDF file)
The Friends of John Buchanan Cemetery
In the 1950s, it was not uncommon for Nashville elementary school teachers to lecture on the events that shaped Nashville, such as the Battle of the Bluff and Battle of Buchanan Station. But today, these historical events are largely ignored because of time constraints needed for other subjects. An important piece of this obscured Nashville history is at risk. The John Buchanan Cemetery, resting place for John and Sally Ridley Buchanan, two of the city's greatest heroes, is in need of protection.
On March 17th, The Friends of John Buchanan Cemetery (FJBC) was formed thanks to efforts by Mike Slate, Local Historian and Tim Walker, Director of the Metro Nashville Historical Commission, and especially those who attended and participated in the inaugural meeting.
The goals of the FJBC are simply to preserve and protect the cemetery for the education of future generations of Middle Tennesseans. It was fitting that the home of James Buchanan, a neighbor, signer of the Cumberland Compact, and fellow Indian fighter, was chosen for the initial meeting of the FJBC. The Buchanan Log House, APTA hosted this start-up meeting in which the decision was made to form the group to protect, preserve and interpret the John Buchanan Cemetery at Buchanan Station. To join the effort to preserve Buchanan’s Station Cemetery and save it from further obscurity, email the Nashville Historical Newsletter at NHN.firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mike Slate at 615-293-3832.