Retiring officers below serving from 1977 - May 25, 2019
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
A bitter sweet Decoration at Cable cemetery across Fontana lake. Helen Cable Vance, Mildred Cable Johnson, started a journey that began here 43 years ago with the formation of the North Shore Cemetery and Historical Association. They began the daunting task of gaining access and preserving 26 cemeteries on the North Shore of Fontana Lake. Originally officers were Helen, Mildred, Eleanor Cable Rhinehart and Leeunah Vance Woods. Today that journey came to a closure for them as the torch was handed over to Henry Chambers. Without their work for the past 43 years we would not have access and preservation of the 26 cemeteries as they were slated to be put in wilderness and let disappear back into area as no one had ever lived in the area. Henry has a great love for the North Shore as his family are also from the area. He will continue working with the Great Smoky Mountain National Park on behalf of the North Shore Cemetery Association. It is sort of ironic that Helen and Mildred worked 43 years for fulfillment of the 1943 Agreement beginning and ending with a Decoration at their family cemetery, Cable Cemetery. Thanks ladies for your dedication, inspiration, foresight, perseverance, love of the area and example you have set for all of us. We will always remember you as our wonderful pioneers of the movement to preserve the history of the Hazel Creek- Fontana area. We as former families will always be grateful for your work and leadership. Love to you both and best wishes on 43 more years of leadership to Henry.
Head of the North Shore Cemetery & Historical Association as of May 25, 2019
Above picture: 1977 Helen and Mildred in Greensboro, NC setting up the North Shore Cemetery & Historical Association
Picture on right - May 25, 2019 at Cable Cemetery.
Picture Below and right -: May 25, 2019 turning the reins of the North Shore Cemetery Association over to Henry Chambers, long time member of the association, at Cable Cemetery Decoration..
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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From Kate Marshall.
Kate has been doing DVD's "Voices of Cades Cove" about WNC and Eastern Tennessee. Below is an announcement about one of her Video's that received an award. It features a lot on Hazel Creek and Cades Cove Area. You can purchase one from her site or thru the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
DOUBLE WINNER! Kate Marshall Graphics is proud to announce they have won two international film awards for the latest in their mini-series, "Voices of Cades Cove, Part 8: Shattered Peace" at the 53rd Annual WorldFest Film Festival in 2020! This 2+ hour DVD program is a solid biographical piece featuring Witt, Andrew & Carter Shields, and the LeQuire, Sparks, Tipton, Oliver, Rowan, Caughron, Myers and Cable families (and more), and is presented with a Civil War slant. It takes place on the back part of the Cades Cove Loop Road located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. Other storytellers from organizations include T.J. Holland, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians - Lisa Free and Butch McDade, National Park Service, Smokies - John Stewart narrating for National Park Service, Shiloh National Military Park - Peter Pisani, Blount County Historical Association - and live scenes from Resaca Civil War Reenactors, Georgia. Â© Kate Marshall Graphics, Inc. - CoveBear.com