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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

Verna Kirkland

Arnold Jenkins, 93, of Robbinsville, NC passed away on Monday, January 7, 2019 at Graham Health Care and Rehabilitation Center.

A native of Graham County, he was the son of the late James Virgil and Esta Hyde Jenkins.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Orr Jenkins, his son, Roger Jenkins, his brother, Wallace Jenkins, and his sister, Zora Walker.

Arnold was a Veteran of WWII having served his country proudly in the US Navy. 

For many years, he and his brother, Wallace, owned and operated Jenkins Brothers Grocery in Robbinsville.  You could often find them telling jokes or stories or you might even walk in to find them playing their guitars and singing with a customer or even one of their suppliers.  They brought a lot of joy to their community, especially to the children that came through their doors.

Arnold is survived by his son, Jerry Jenkins of Robbinsville, NC; his brother, Carroll Jenkins of Charlotte, NC, and his sister, Betty Cantrell of LaFollette, TN.  He has several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Townson-Smith Chapel.  Reverends Daniel Stewart and Larry Icenhower will officiate.  The family will receive friends from 12:00 until 1:00pm at the Chapel, prior to the service.  Burial will follow at Yellow Branch Cemetery where Military Rites will be conducted by the Naval Honor Guard.

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


We are proud to announce that Lee’s book
 “Growing up on Hazel Creek”
is published
 and now on sale.
For more information about this book and how to obtain one for you and your family, go to BOOK INFO page.

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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

2017 NEWS and INFO
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