In 1896 some members of the century-old County Line Baptist Church formed a new church, Adriel Missionary Baptist Church, in the Crosby community near the Holston River. Land for the new church and its cemetery was donated by the Crosby family.
When TVA built Cherokee Dam on the river, creating Cherokee Lake in 1941, Adriel's church building and cemetery were moved to higher ground at the present location. The church building was completely destroyed by fire in 1967 and replaced with a new structure, which has since had several additions made to it.
All the graves in the original Adriel Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery were removed by TVA, mostly to New Adriel Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, as it was called, although others were removed to nearby cemeteries in Grainger, Hamblen and Hawkins counties at the request of the deceased's family. New Adriel Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery was also used as a reinterment cemetery for some graves removed by TVA from several other nearby Grainger County cemeteries which were flooded. Graves of at least eighteen unknowns were reinterred in New Adriel Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, most of them from the original Adriel site. It should be noted that anyone buried in the present cemetery who died before 1941 had to be reinterred at New Adriel, which is now simply known as Adriel.
GPS Coordinates: 36.3125, -83.2897
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #16243
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