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Helen Cable Vance

Mildred Cable Johnson

Leeunah (Lee) Woods

The North Shore Cemetery Association was and is a non-profit group organized for the purpose of preserving the graveyards and general history of the Fontana Basin.  Organized in 1977, with an immediate aim to gain general access to the cemeteries of the North Shore in conformity of the contractual agreements that formulated in 1943 between Federal, State and County Agencies.  Another aim of the Association was the planning of decorations for the cemeteries along the North Shore of Fontana Lake as were held in the area before 1943 and the removal of families.  It was and is made up of former residents and their descendants who lived in this area and whose land was taken for the building of the Fontana Dam and Basin area.
On the SCHEDULE page you will find the dates, times of departure and location for each cemetery decoration.
We worked for years for the legal ingress and egress that was promised to our families in
Swain County, North Carolina, when homes and lands were taken for the purpose of building Fontana Lake.  We were given a promise by our government that a road would be built to connect the existing roads in the area in order for families to get to the cemeteries that were left along the North Shore and above the high water mark of the lake.
Swain County, North Carolina, and the Federal government have settled the 1943 Agreement as of 2010.  CableCove8-11Our cemeteries and access have been preserved, maybe not the way we wanted, but our families and descendants will be able to visit our old home sites, town sites and family cemeteries for generations to come.
We will always be able to “go home again”, so to speak, due to the preservation of that area by the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Very few people can stand on the ground where for 5 generations their family lived, grew up, worked and died.  It is very much a treat and honor to walk the roads, visit the towns, home sites and cemeteries of the North Shore of Fontana Lake.
We will be sharing pictures, articles and stories about the long road to our cemeteries.
We will also be sharing memories of life on Hazel Creek.
We hope you will enjoy our site and share any pictures, stories or information that you have with us.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Helen, Mildred and Le
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Christina Cook, a freelance reporter had an article published in Oxford American Magazine in fall of 2015.
To read this article in its entirety go to
www.christinacooke.com/portfolio-item/pilgrims-of-the-lost-cemeteries

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We are proud to announce that Lee’s book
 “Growing up on Hazel Creek”
is published
 and now on sale.
It is 644 pages of wonderful pictures of the area prior to 1944 and the building of Fontana Dam with the creation of Fontana Lake.  The land today is included in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
 There is a little history, several stories from people who grew up in the area and info on the area today. 
For a copy, call Lee at 828-456-3298 or you may order on line at CSABOOKS.com 

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Located on the north shore of Fontana Lake in Swain County, NC.  Now part of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

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North Shore Cemeteries
 

Welcome to the official site of
The North Shore Cemetery Association and North Shore Historical Society