Sundial: 1051
State/Province:  Tennessee Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Polyhedral Dial Condition:  Good
  Latitude and Longitude: 36° 05.253′ N  86° 52.422' W
  • The dial is in Cheekwood Estate and Garden
    1200 Forrest Park Drive Nashville
    Tennessee 37205 .

    Paid admission required. Dial is located near the Train Garden entrance.
  • The dial is overgrown with lichen and stained with dirt. Underneath this rather shabby exterior is a fine polyhedral sundial with ten hemispherical dials arranged in a dodecahedron. Each dial is 8 inches in diameter fitted with a quarter-inch thick bronze gnomon. The gnomons are set in a common direction for the North Celestial Pole of approximately 51 deg latitude. The design and latitude leading to the the conclusion it is a copy of an 18th century English sundial. The dial is similar to NASS #27 in Hartford, CT. which was originally located at The Abbey, Storrington, Sussex south of London. The Nashville dial sits on an ornate flower-motif pillar approximately 8 feet high. Sitting on top of the dial is a shield and rampart lion, similar to the Hartford-Storrington Abbey sundial.
General Information:
  • Owner: Cheekwood Estate and Garden
  • Designer: unknown
  • Builder: unknown
  • Construction Date: copy of 18th Century sundial
  • See NASS #27 a similar polyhedral sundial

Last Revised: 2022-04-17 16:03