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. Our 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 Lee
We are so very sad to have to tell all our North Shore people that David Monteith, one of our members, has passed away on Friday, March 10. David loved his job as Swain County Commissioner, the people of Swain County and the people of the North Shore. We will miss him dearly. Keep his wife Ellen in your prayers along with other members of his family. As the present time, we do not have a time or date of funeral plans. Keep watching for more details. Here are a few pictures of David at some of our decorations and reunions.
In lieu of flowers for our dear friend, David Monteith's funeral, the North Shore Cemetery Association members will be planting a tree in front of the Museum in Bryson City with a plaque in memory of David. We have the arrangements confirmed, we just have to pick our location and what type of tree. A dedication and planting service will take place in April. If you would like to contribute to this effort, please call Verna or see her at the Swain County Genealogy Building, Monday-Friday 9am till Noon. She will be handling this for the Association. We will let you know the exact date of the planting of the tree and presentation of the plaque as soon as we can. We would love to have as many there for this presentation as possible. David will be missed by us and so many, many more.
Come and attend one of our cemetery decorations. Go to our SCHEDULE PAGE for listing and dates of Decorations. Bring a covered dish to share or your own packed lunch and your drink. We would love to have you at any decoration.
Located on the north shore of Fontana Lake in Swain County, NC. Now part of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
North Shore Cemeteries
Welcome to the official site of
The North Shore Cemetery Association and North Shore Historical Society