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Wyrick Cemetery

Grave of Pharoah Chesney – Graves

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Park and Walk- Steep inclines

Union County has over 330 catalogued cemeteries with some that pre-date the formation of the State of Tennessee. As a visitor, you wil find headstones including revolutionary, civil war, veterans, slave, and graves that were moved at the time that land was flooded from the building of Norris Dam in 1930's. Wyrick Cemetery is the resting site of Pharaoh Jackson Chesney, a slave, whose story, Last of the Pioneers or Old Times in East Tenn. was published in 1902. At the time this book was written, Mr. Chesney was alleged to be 120 years of age. This narrative is a wonderful remininscence of a man born only a half a dozen years from the signing of the Declaration of Independence through the Civil War; the forming of the State of Tennessee; the progress of arts and sciences including the first steamboats; and political including the abolishment of Slavery.

How to Get There

193 Damewood Road located off of SR 370.

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Seasons Open



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