- No grave in the old Bellefonte Cemetery was moved or affected when Guntersville Reservoir was created in 1939. I have a copy of the cemetery survey prepared by TVA in 1936. It shows that none of the graves in old Bellefonte Cemetery were to be disturbed because none of them would be covered by water after Guntersville Dam locks were opened (opened in 1939.)
Bellefonte cemetery is on a high rise, and the back water from Guntersville Reservoir and Town Creek is several feet below the cemetery edge.
The Bellefonte founding fathers chose wisely when they selected the site for their cemetery. It is located on the highest elevation in the old Bellefonte area and has always been safe from flooding of nearby Town Creek even before the advent of TVA.
The Fennell Cemetery which was on the outskirts of the town of old Bellefonte was in the flood plain area, and those graves were moved by TVA at the family's request. However, the Fennell Cemetery was about three-fourths of a mile from the old Bellefonte Cemetery and was a family cemetery with burials limited to Fennell family members and connections.
Ann B. Chambless
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