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Stories about people and places of the communities of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, late 1800s and early 1900s, in Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Included are the woman living in Cades Cove in 1830s who made an unusual request regarding her burial place; the young girl killed by her father on Bote Mountain; Wild Bill Walker of Walkers Valley, his three wives and 26 children; Edd Conner of Smokement who designed his own coffin and burial suit, then held his own funeral; the man in Cataloochee who asked for a cast iron casket; the Walker Sisters of Little Greenbrier. "A very fitting tribute to individuals who lie beneath the sode and stones of the Smokies...," Allen Coggins, author, Place Names of the Smokies.
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"Dr. Palmer has turned her extensive research on Great Smoky Mountains graveyards and the 'stories behind the stones' into an entertaining, educational presentation." --Anne Bridges, University of Tennessee Libraries GSM Regional Project
"...a poignant, entertaining and enlightening portrayal of the mountain people and their customs of life, death and burial." --Allen R. Coggins, author, Place Names of the Smokies
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