The Cemeteries of Cades Cove

  • Gary S. FosterEmail author
  • William E. Lovekamp


A total of twenty-seven known and suspected cemeteries are inventoried in Cades Cove, more than referred to by any other single document. That a few other burial places remain lost and unaccounted for is probable. Of the twenty-seven cemeteries, ten have engraved stones, nine have only unaltered native stones, and eight are “lost,” but some locations are suspected because of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) results. Cemeteries can become lost or displaced when stones are (re)moved to use the ground for other purposes. The twenty-seven cemeteries yielded 1023 burials—385 were marked with engraved stones, 424 were marked with unaltered native stones, and 214 were suspected graves, as suggested by GPR surveys and patterns of depressions in the ground. Cemeteries were not randomly located, but spatially placed because of selective geographical characteristics.


Cemetery locations Church cemeteries Family cemeteries Neighborhood cemeteries Engraved stones Unaltered stones Unmarked graves 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sociology, Anthropology, and CriminologyEastern Illinois UniversityCharlestonUSA

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