Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville:
The Nashville National Cemetery actually has it’s origins from the Spring Hill Cemetery in Madison Tennessee.
The history of Spring Hill dates back to the 1780s when the first settlers moved in from the Cumberland settlement into an area six miles east of Nashville called Haysboro. The land offered fertile soil for their crops and a plentiful steady water source from several springs. Needing a church and school, James Robertson persuaded the Princeton educated Reverend Thomas B. Craighead of Mecklenburg, North Carolina, to move to Haysboro as a preacher and teacher. With a promise of 640 acres of land he arrived in 1785. The settlers had built a log house on the property for him and his family.
In addition to two British Royal Air Force veterans of World War II and circus performer Ella Harper, the cemetery is the final resting place for numerous notable music performers including the following:
- Bobby Hebb: soul singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist, performer
- Earl Scruggs: bluegrass musician
- Floyd Cramer: piano legend
- George Morgan: singer
- Hank Snow: singer
- Jimmy Martin: bluegrass singer
- John Hartford: singer, fiddler
- Keith Whitley: singer
- Roy Acuff: singer, songwriter, music publisher
- Kitty Wells: singer
A virtual Tour of Spring Hill and the Nashville National Cemetery: