Since I was a little girl visiting the old churches in the Smokies, I have enjoyed exploring graveyards. But in March 2014 I took this interest to the next level when I started visiting, photographing, and writing about cemeteries on a regular basis. I try to tell a story, talk about what feelings or ideas a particular graveyard inspires for me, and include information about the history of the cemetery and some of the people who rest there.
The purpose of this post is to collect all the links to those stories to make it more convenient for interested readers. I’m also including a “teaser” and a favorite picture. (You’ll notice the quality of the pictures improves as the months go by–at least I think so!)
In this first post, I visit Byington Cemetery and Ball Camp Pike Baptist Cemetery, both in Northwest Knox County.
Brimer Cemetery and Beaver Ridge Cemetery, which are across the road from each other in Northwest Knox County, are covered in this post.
This Northwest Knoxville Cemetery inspires thoughts on the huge problem of cemetery upkeep.
Beautiful views abound in this popular post about Edgewood Cemetery in West Knoxville.
Grassy Valley Baptist Church Cemetery in West Knoxville is a reminder of a time when the Kingston Pike area of West Knoxville was still a grassy valley.
This post muses on how graveyards like Concord Mennonite Church Cemetery maintain oases of beauty amidst development in West Knoxville and elsewhere.
In this post we visit cemeteries in South Knoxville, Northwest Knox County, and the Great Smoky Mountains.
Here we cover a South Knoxville Cemetery in the historic Island Home neighborhood.
This cemetery is farther afield–I took these pictures while visiting my son at Notre Dame.
Located in the Solway community, this African-American churchyard is missing its church, but people are still being laid to rest at Branch Hill Methodist Cemetery.
Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery is another African-American cemetery, this one no longer active, located in West Knoxville.
This surprisingly large cemetery lies in the heart of the Rocky Hill community.
In which I explain why and how I write my cemetery stories, in response to a minor uproar caused by my prior post.
This graveyard in West Knox County is one of the prettiest ones I’ve seen.
I’ve driven by this tiny graveyard on Oak Ridge Highway thousands of times, and it was exciting to explore it at last.
You’ll find this graveyard along a trail in the South Knoxville Urban Wilderness.
You’ll have to climb a steep hill to find this small family cemetery on the Gatlinburg side of the Smokies.
This Methodist cemetery is in the heart of Farragut.
This is a charming and well-kept graveyard in the Hardin Valley Community.
In which I tell the sad story of a graveyard that has succumbed not to age or neglect but to deliberate destruction.
In which I profile a very old cemetery that I would like to see highlighted for its history.
In which I explore a cemetery with a sad and mysterious history.
In which I write about a lovley cemetery rich in history that will leave you feeling joyful, not sad.
I will add to this page every time I write about another cemetery, so you can bookmark it to make sure you don’t miss anything!