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Fort Hill Cemetery

A living history is protrayed at selected gravesites as the historical society hosts the annual Fort Hill Historic Cemetery Tour.
Stunning views of Cleveland from Fort Hill Cemetery
Re-enactors portray historic Clevelanders at the annual Fort Hill Cemetery Walking Tour.

Fort Hill Cemetery is Cleveland, Tennessee's historic city cemetery, located on the highest point near the city. Once called Cemetery Hill, the land was used by the Union Army as a makeshift fort during the Civil War because of its vantage point in regards to the city. The views from Fort Hill are incredible. Many notable Clevelanders are buried here and each year the Bradley Historical Society teams up with Lee University to host a living history tour of the cemetery. Researchers pick about a dozen gravesites each year and reenact the corresponding personalities at their gravesides. Tours have included a Civil War diarist, Civil War soliders, a copper mining magnate, judges, community leaders, slaves, a newspaper publisher, widow of a Cherokee leader and many more. A monument stands in Fort Hill memorializing 17 victims of the 33rd Alabama Volunteers for the Confederate Army who were killed in a train wreck just south of Cleveland. Fort Hill is also the location of a monument to the Grand Army of the Republic, one of only three such monuments in Tennessee.

Visitor Fees: Free

How to Get There

From I-75, take Cleveland exit 25. Travel east on Hwy 60 (25th Street) for about a mile and turn right on Ocoee Street toward Downtown Cleveland.  Ocoee forks to the right and becomes Broad Street. In about a half mile, turn right on 3rd Street and take an immediate left on Worth Street which leads into Fort Hill Cemetery.

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For More Information, Contact:

Bryan Reed
Cleveland, TN 37311

Wayne Kelley, Sr wrote on December 29, 2015: All my kin Kelley are buried here. Last visit I made the plot was in bad repair and Dad and I cleared shrubs and cut grass but this was in 2001. Anything you could do to keep cemetery clean and clear would be appreciated. Thanks for all that you have done.

larry t curry wrote on September 10, 2013: This cemetery is beautiful and has a lot of history. it’s too bad it's not being kept up in better care, such as headstones being knocked over and not fixed, and graves sinking, needing more dirt added as a filler, to level up the graves. there should also be a directory of who's buried and their locations. if there is anyway i can be of any help please let me know. i've already had to repair my wife's great grandparents headstone, that had been knocked over on the ground[Sam and Georgia Parker] you

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Latitude: 35.156214000
Longitude: -84.880693000
Elevation: 907 FT (276 M)
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