Hamilton Church Cemetery

3105 HAMILTON CHURCH ROAD, DATES FROM 1831HamiltonChurchCemetery

Photo: Stephanie Saujon

This historic cemetery is one of several in Davidson County threatened with lack of maintenance and vandalism. Located just off Murfreesboro Road in Antioch, this cemetery dates from 1831 and contains the graves of many prominent community leaders. Several graves were located here when the Cherokee Trail of Tears passed within feet of the headstones in 1838. One headstone in particular, that of George McCullough who died in 1831, was seen by the Cherokee as they passed. At that time, the associated Methodist Church was a log building, which was burned during the Civil War. This is one of the rare historic places in Davidson County that witnessed the Cherokee Trail of Tears. In the early 2000s, the Colonial Dames and Metro Archives documented the cemetery as part of the Davidson County Cemetery Survey. Containing 95 tombstones and a dozen fieldstones, the cemetery is currently in a state of disrepair with trash and fallen trees.

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