Mt. Gilead Tent Graves Tennessee

May 09, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

I have been drawn to unique and old cemeteries since my first field trip during a high school photography class back in 1990. I have been photographing them ever since. I make it a point to find one on almost every trip I take. I get asked the question of "How do you find these places?" a lot. I explore the websites Atlas Obscura and Roadside America before any vacation takes place. My last endeavor was for a hiking challenge I signed up for in East Tennessee. I booked an AirBnB as close to the event as possible and wouldn't you know it, there was a small cemetery directly across from my tiny house.

The above was a bonus but the real gem was about an hour north and closer to Fall Creek Falls State Park. Mt. Gilead Church Cemetery. The "tent graves" are either a way of keeping animals from digging up the graves or an aesthetic unique to the area. There are conflicting reports on the background.

This was a great opportunity to shoot in infrared as well.


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