Union County has over 330 catalogued cemeteries with some that predate the formation of the state of Tennessee. As a visitor, you will 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 1930s. Butcher Cemetery is significant as the resting place of free slave, Samuel Smith. Following the Civil War, Samuel Smith, an ex-slave and blacksmith, purchased 110 acres of Union County land in an area known as Pinhook. In the 1880s, he established near this site the only school and church for blacks in the county. Smith died on July 21, 1887, and was buried on his own property, which later became part of Butcher Cemetery.
Time Period RepresentedLate 1800s
ADA Accessibility Notes
Park and walk into the cemetery
How to Get There
Butcher Cemetery is located in an area known as Pinhook located near the junction of SR170 and Butcher Hollow Road in Union County. There is a historic marker denoting the location on SR17O to assist visitors in discovering the cemetery. From Maynardville take SR33 turn left on SR170 continue due west to junction of Butcher Hollow Road. The marker for Samuel Smith and Butcher Cemetery will be located on your left.