Shields Cemetery

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Shields Cemetery

off Hwy 11-W
Grainger County, Tennessee, USA
Memorials 23 added

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Shields Cemetery was a large walled cemetery located on the former estate of Senator John K. Shields, less than two miles west of old Bean Station. When TVA surveyed the cemetery in 1940 prior to the creation of Cherokee Lake reservoir, 269 graves were found, all below the future lake's high water level. Relatives consented for 52 graves to be relocated to other cemeteries in Grainger and Hamblen Counties. The graves of Senator Shields and his family were removed to Highland Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville. One hundred ninety-four graves, most of them of unidentified individuals, were removed to a section of the relocated Holston Baptist Church cemetery. Relatives signed consents for twenty-three graves to remain in place. Now abandoned and overgrown, Shields Cemetery is accessible by foot when the lake level is low, exposing the foundation of its exterior walls. When the cemetery was surveyed in 2006, a few tombstones with partially readable inscriptions and several readable funeral home markers, which TVA put up to mark the graves left in place, were located. However, in 2013, only a few funeral home markers were found, and only one for "Infant Gill" was still legible.

GPS Coordinates: 36.31602, -83.39784

  • Added: 2 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #18425