Rural cemeteries topic of next Historical Society meeting

Tennessee Historical Commission Preservationist Graham Perry works to unearth graves at the historic Eaton Cemetery just off Old Fayetteville Highway. Preserving rural cemeteries like this one will be the topic of Sunday’s Moore County Historical Society meeting. Former Sewanee professor Dr. Gerald Smith will speak. {Photos Provided}

LYNCHBURG — Rural cemeteries and their preservation will be the subject of the next Moore County Historical Society meeting, which takes place on Sunday June 9 at 2 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg.

Retired University of the South professor Dr. Gerald Smith will present the afternoon’s program, “Tennessee Cemeteries – Monuments and Ruin.” His program will feature a survey of the status of Tennessee’s rural cemeteries, problems in cemetery management, and suggestions for understanding old cemeteries.

Dr. Smith taught religion and environmental studies, along with field classes in rural religion for 46 years. He is the author/editor of 11 books about Sewanee history including Sewanee Places and Sewanee Perspectives on the History of the University of the South. A published poet, his literary essays have also appeared in the Sewanee Review. He continues his field work on cemeteries and advises local groups about cemetery care.

A native of Virginia, Smith says he developed his love of historical places as he grew up walking the great Civil War battlefields of Wilderness, Chancellorsville, and Fredericksburg. 

For further information contact Michael Northcutt at [email protected] or phone 931-434-5797 or George Stone a [email protected] or phone 931-581-2621. •

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