Just last week, Lodl, along with a guide from the Tennessee National Guard base, Smyrna historian Toby Francis, and field researchers from MTSU's Center for Historic Preservation Michael Fletcher and Catherine Hawkins, located and marked the large Cannon Cemetery.
"Not only will the survey help local government make better decisions and help property owners know more about these heritage assets, it also helps us at the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation train the next generation of historians and preservationists. Many thanks to (Rutherford County) Mayor (Ernest) Burgess for his leadership in this important project," said West, who is also the director of the Center for Historic Preservation.
"It represents some of the most prominent families in the area," Francis said.
Lodl said he partnered with the Center for Historic Preservation, the Rutherford County Office of Information Technology's Geographic Information System division and and Under Armour Sneakers Women Bradley Academy Museum the cemetery to ensure cemeteries like this are not forgotten forever.
"Families had no direct route here after the Air Force base and they couldn't make it back here," Francis said. He added the last burial was in 1951, but was later relocated with 90 other graves when the lake was formed.
Francis explained the cemetery is located on what was once a main road between Old Jefferson, Smyrna and Gilsville, which would have made it a good location for a community graveyard. Army Corps of Engineers flood control effort Under Armour Curry 2 Limited Edition
one of the grave markers at the Cannon Cemetery. /In the 1970s, Rutherford County Historian Ernie Johns and others from the Historical Society undertook the painstaking task of documenting nearly 800 cemeteries in the county, Rutherford County Archivist John Lodl said.
The cemetery is located on the National Guard base along the banks of J. Percy Priest Lake.
"Subdivisions have been built, roads have been widened, the county has changed since the first cemetery survey was done in the '70s," he said. "We want to 100 Under Armour Micro G Compfit
Lodl explained the overall goal of the projectis to digitally map and record all the cemeteries in the county, no matter how small or how large.
created J. Percy Priest Lake in the late 1960s.
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In the years since, the cemetery was forgotten and left to the elements. Now it is overgrown with trees, vines, flowers and bamboo.
Now Lodl and others are embarking on an ambitious plan: to locate and mark those cemeteries using today's technology.
While most cemeteries only contain a handful of graves, the Cannon Cemetery has more than 300 with 200 headstones.
Tennessee State Historian Dr. Carroll Van West said the project should be conducted across the state to help guide future development around landmarks of the past.
It is also the resting place for at least three Revolutionary War veterans and possibly Hugh Lawson White, a Whig party candidate for United States President in 1836.
percent verify the locations with today's technology."
The cemetery contains representatives from some of the first families of Rutherford County, said Francis, Smyrna resident and historian.
"He literally went door to door knocking and marking them on a map," Lodl said.
Francis said early settlers from the Goodloe, Chapman, Brackin, Weakley, Hibbett, Hunter, Gooch, Goodwin and Thompson families are located in the cemetery.
Rutherford historians use tech to map cemeteries
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