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Savannah Cemetery

Historic Site or District
Savannah Cemetery – Cari Griffith

Queen and Alex Haley, grandparents of Roots author Alex Haley, are buried here. Queen was born into slavery in 1857 on an Alabama plantation and came to this area after the Civil War. Her grandson's books chronicles her life as an enslaved person. In Savannah she worked in nearby Cherry Mansion. Her husband, Alex, ran the Cherry family's ferryboat across the Tennessee River.

Also buried here is Mary Elizabeth Patterson, best known for her role as Mrs. Matilda Trumball, Little Ricky's babysitter on the classic television series, "I Love Lucy." Despite her parents wishes to the contrary, Patterson became and actress. She resided and worked in Chicago, L.A. and N.Y.C.

Lon Allen Scott, the only Hardin County resident to serve in the U.S. Congress is buried here. He was born in 1888 and died in the early 1930s. A member of the Tennessee Legislature in 1912 and 1914, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the 8th Congressional District of Tennessee in 1923.

Mae Hall, was a competitive shuffleboard player who was featured in Sports Illustrated not once, but twice. She was so good that a great shuffleboard shot is sometimes referred to as "a Mae Hall." Reportedly, there is even a cocktail named after this famous sportswoman. She died at the age of 93 and is buried in this cemetery.

Savannah resident, Bolden Rush Harrison was born in 1886. A sailor, he fought in the US Navy in a 1911 battle in the Philippines where he led the charge to save his men. Harrison was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. To honor Harrison and two other Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, the bridge over the Tennessee River in downtown Savannah was named after the trio.

How to Get There

From Memphis, Tennessee - Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes
Get on I-40
Take TN-385 E/Bill Morris Pkwy and US-72 E to MS-15 N in Walnut
1 h 12 min (74.0 mi)
Take TN-57 E to US-64 E/Marcus J Wright Memorial in Selmer
33 min (26.8 mi)
Turn right onto US-64 E/Marcus J Wright Memorial
Continue to follow US-64 E
28 min (23.4 mi)
Continue on Water St. Drive to Cherry St S
Welcome to the
Savannah Cemetery
400 Cherry St S, Savannah, TN 38372

From Nashville, Tennessee - Approximately 2 hours and a half

Follow I-40 W to TN-69 S/US-641 S in Decatur County. Take exit 126 from I-40 W
1 h 13 min (82.6 mi)
Merge onto I-40 W/I-65 N
0.8 mi
Use the left 2 lanes to take the I-40 W exit toward Memphis
0.4 mi
Continue onto I-40 W
1.4 mi
Keep right to stay on I-40 W, follow signs for Memphis
79.8 mi
Take exit 126 for US-641/TN-69 toward Camden/Paris/Parsons
0.2 mi
Continue on US-641 S. Take TN-128 S to Cherry St S in Savannah
1 h 5 min (53.8 mi)
Welcome to Savannah Cemetery
400 Cherry St S, Savannah, TN 38372

Time Period Represented

1800s to present



Seasons Open

Open year round.


Visitor Fees

Free admission

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