Knoxville Cemeteries

The Marble City: A Photographic Tour of Knoxville's Graveyards by Jack Neely and Aaron Jay
A must for the Knoxville area goth, Jack Neely's newest book takes the reader on a tour of notable Knoxville burial grounds. Aaron Jay's photography is exquisite and captures our favorite places in goth-appropriate style.

Old Gray Cemetery
543 North Broadway
Knoxville, TN 37917

The Curfeu tolls the Knell of parting Day,
The lowing Herd winds slowly o'er the Lea,
The Plowman homeward plods his weary Way,
And leaves the World to Darkness, and to me.

Now fades the glimmering Landscape on the Sight,
And all the Air a solemn Stillness holds;
Save where the Beetle wheels his droning Flight,
And drowsy Tinklings lull the distant Folds.

From "Elegy Written in
a Country Churchyard"
by Thomas Gray, for whom
Old Gray Cemetery is named

Stroll or drive through the winding avenues
of Old Gray and see the excellent examples
of Victorian art and architecture. All classes
of people are represented at Old Gray. Some
rest in unmarked graves while others have
massive monuments and mausoleums to honor
their lives.

Old Gray Cemetery Educational, Historic and Memorial Association
The official site for Old Gray Cemetery is the best source for information and has a few photos as well.

Providing authoritative restoration techniques and old house resources for the metropolitan Knoxville area, they have a thorough article on Old Gray Cemetery.

Robert Batey Photography - Historic Downtown Knoxville
There are two very nice professional photos on this gentleman's site taken in Old Gray, as well as some of other Knoxville landmarks.

Mostly Cemeteries - Cemetery photographs from CA, GA, VA and TN
This site has photos of a few monuments in Old Gray.

Longstreet-Zollicoffer Camp 87, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Confederate Memorial Day 2001 was held in Old Gray and some photos may be found here.

Coal Creek Watershed Foundation, Inc.
On May 19, 1902, more than 200 miners perished in a mine explosion in Fraterville (between Lake City and Briceville in Anderson County, about 30 miles north of Knoxville). Only three men were left alive in the town. Three men killed in that disaster are buried in Old Gray Cemetery: William B. Angel, Preston Griffitts, & James P. Massengill. The owner of the mine, Major E. C. Camp, is also buried there. The Coal Creek Watershed Foundation's web site has extensive info on this disaster, as well as some photos of the relevant graves in Old Gray.

What Is A Rural Garden Cemetery?
Old Gray Cemetery is a fine example of the Rural Garden Cemetery movement which happened in the U.S. and abroad in the mid-to-late 19th century.

Ghosts and Spirits of Tennessee
This is a nice site full of photos and stories of hauntings in Tennessee. Old Gray is featured, describing "a 'black aggie' which roams about the graves at night."

First Presbyterian
Church Graveyard
620 State Street
Knoxville, TN

"Reserve my turnip patch
for a church and a burying ground.

Instructions from Knoxville founder
James White to his son-in-law,
the surveyor Charles McClung.

First Presbyterian Church in downtown
has the oldest cemtery in Knoxville. The
graveyard at First Presbyterian Church
was used to inter the citizens of Knoxville for
79 years. The oldest grave is that of territorial
governor William Blount who died March 21,
1800. Although an 1857 city ordnance
prohibited further burials, the last interment
in the graveyard was for James Bell who died
April 29, 1879.

First Presbyterian Church
The official site for First Presbyterian Church has a section dedicated to the graveyard including a list of those intered, complete with inscriptions, and a photo. More photos of the graveyard can be found in their photo gallery.

Ghosts and Spirits of Tennessee
This is a nice site full of photos and stories of hauntings in Tennessee. First Presbyterian is featured, describing a figure which "wears a hood and is very dark. In fact, you can see through it!"

Bethel Cemetery
1917 Bethel Avenue
Knoxville, TN

Bethel Cemetery, located on the grounds of
Mabry-Hazen House contains the remains of
approximately 1,670 Civil War soldiers,
including Confederate soldiers from every
southern state, 50 Union prisoners, and 50
unidentified Confederate soldiers.

Mabry-Hazen House
Bethel Cemetery is located on the grounds of Mabry-Hazen House, which has a history of the cemetery on their site.
Links Interment.net
Publishers of cemetery transcriptions and other information pertaining to cemeteries, for genealogists, cemetery enthusiasts, taphophile, and funeral professionals.
A comprehensive on-line directory listing of all funeral homes in the United States and a funeral information guide with information on: Veterans Death Benefits, Dealing with Grief, Wills, Living Wills, Commonly Asked Questions about Funerals and Cremation, Children and Death, Social Security Benefits, Prearrangement and Preplanning, and a listing of all US Veteran Cemeteries.

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