Butcher Cemetery

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.  

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Latitude: 36.2747 Longitude: -83.8178 Elevation: 1177 ft

Hours Open


Seasons Open


Time Period Represented

Late 1800s

Visitor Fees


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.


We visited this cemetery several years ago and found it very well kept. I made a grave stone picture of Isaac Oakes b. 1775 and d. I think 1870. Cannot find this picture now. Is the cemetery indexed or on find a grave? Here is the link to find a grave: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=10001&CScntry=4&CSst=45&CScnty=2511&CSsr=21&

Dianne Oakes Woods, 10/16/2017

Anyone know where my great-great grandfather Tillman Howard Butcher is buried in Butcher Cemetery or his first wife Parley Beeler Butcher or 2nd wife Julia Moulder Butcher? Here is the link to find a grave: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=10001&CScntry=4&CSst=45&CScnty=2511&CSsr=21&

Donna Jones, 11/18/2017

Ellen Perry, just discovered this site. Very nice. My mother Pearl Myers Rickard is buried at Butcher next to her father Aaron Cleardon Myers. My grandfather owned the store at the bottom of the entrance to the cemetery, just across the road. My mom remembered 7 dirt roads meeting in front of the store and buckboards leaving with their purchases. I have a real feeling of history at Butcher, especially since my ancestors are there. I believe UT students did rubbings of some of the old gravestones before they crumbled. I don’t know how many years ago.

Dianna Rickard, granddaughter to Aaron Cleardon Myers, 10/17/2018

My husbands (John Butcher) distant cousin Samuel Butcher (1775-1817) is bured here. I am trying to find records of Samuels father. Do they have any records that far back of who Samuels father might be? Ms. Butcher-TRV doesn’t have specific information on the Butcher Cemetery but if you reach out to the Union County Cemeteries Association maybe they can help answer your question. www.usgennet.org/usa/tn/county/union2/

Yvonne Butcher , 7/18/2019

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