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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Those Places Thursday: St. Mary's Catholic Church, Nashville, Tennessee

St. Mary's Catholic Church, Nashville, Tennessee. 22 May 2010. Photo by Andrew Jameson (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (]. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

St. Mary's Church is the oldest extant church in Nashville, Tennessee and the oldest Catholic church in the Diocese of Nashville. The church was built in 1844-1847. Adolphus Heiman, a German immigrant, was the architect. It is located at 330 5th Avenue North, at the corner of Charlotte Avenue. It was originally called Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin of the Seven, and is now known as St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows. It was the Cathedral of Nashville until 1914, when the Cathedral of the Incarnation was built.

During the Civil War, St. Mary's Church was used as a hospital for wounded Union and Confederate soldiers. In 1970, the church was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

My 3rd-great-grandmother Mary, widow of Michael Dyer, married her second husband John Cox at St. Mary's on 10 April 1871. They were married by Father Edward Doyle, who died in the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1879. Mary's funeral and the funerals of some of her children were held at St. Mary's Cathedral. Most of her children were probably baptized there.

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