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Cheatham County Historical and Genealogical Association hosting John Oliver

This article was written by the Cheatham County Historical & Genealogical Association

At the April 11, 2024 Cheatham County Historical & Genealogical Association meeting, the guest speaker will be John Oliver. Mr. Oliver will be giving a presentation about his latest book, "Ghosts on the Cumberland," which includes several stories about Cheatham County. 


John L. Oliver, born in 1947 in Nashville, spent his first 12 years in Donelson, Tenn., where his father owned and edited the Donelson Diary. 


When he was 12, the family moved to Anchorage, Alaska where his father worked for the Anchorage Daily Times. 


John returned to the sunny South to attend college in Nashville, graduating in 1969 from George Peabody College for Teachers, with a teaching certificate in both English and Art. That same year he accepted a job offer teaching 7th, 8th and 9th grade English at Trousdale County High School, where he taught for the next 39 years. 


Oliver was a founding member of the Trousdale County Historical Society and has served as president of that organization as well as the official historian of Trousdale County. 


In addition to his weekly local history column in the Hartsville Vidette, Oliver has penned a novel and illustrated a children's book. He also writes poetry and song lyrics. 


The CCHGA meeting will be held April 11, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. in the David McCullough Room at Sycamore Square, 332 Frey Street, Ashland City, TN 37015.  


To celebrate CCHGA’s 30 year anniversary as well as Cheatham County’s 168th year of being formed, cake will be served and door prizes from local Cheatham County businesses will be drawn. 


Please bring a canned food item which will be collected and donated to The Ark in South Cheatham County. 


Everyone is invited to attend. 


Questions may be answered by calling 615.202.5369 or emailed to



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