This is one of the 26 cemeteries located on the North Shore of Fontana Lake as of today. 
In this slide presentation you will see the cemetery as it looks today but also you will see pictures made in 1975-77 of the disarray the same cemetery was in when the North Shore Cemetery Association began its preservation of these cemeteries.  They were being left to go back to nature, (as we were told), for the purpose of having the public to believe no one had every lived  in the area.  You will see trees on top of grave sites, fences falling, hedges and trees growing up and hiding graves,  the tombstones fallen and decaying.  A few members of different families had been back to a few of these cemeteries since 1943 but due to location and having to cross by boat were unable to help keep them up properly. 


Hey folks, remember these days?  It was a long walk up to the old road beds across the lake but it was also fun.  Wow, what great memories.

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.

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


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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