On the corner of Hillcrest Rd. in Kingston Springs, there is a cemetery that has been the victim of neglect and overgrowth. To make matters worse, two different wind storms have toppled trees onto the seven visible headstones in this small family cemetery. Part of the fencing was destroyed in the first storm. The efforts of the Boy Scouts and then one of the Harpeth High School sports teams have helped to clean up the cemetery over the past several years after the storms. But this last storm was the worst. Cedar trees popped out of the ground, crashing onto part of the remaining fencing.
Several citizens have stepped up anonymously with some mowing and weedeating. Another citizen removed the trunks of the cedar trees and piled up brush to be burned.
Town leaders have been perplexed about a solution. State law prohibits the Town from doing work on private property. However, the Town did clean off the public right of way which took care of several stumps, some crushed fencing and other debris. They are now at an impasse and cannot lawfully proceed with any more cleanup.
Citizens interested in cleaning up this property are encouraged to do so. Every little bit helps this historical place.
The Town dubbed the cemetery “Dunn Cemetery” a couple of years ago because most of the visable names on the remaining headstones were Dunn. There was no information regarding the burials until two weeks ago.
City Manager Laurie Cooper received an email that traveled from Wisconsin, through Pegram to Kingston Springs City Hall. This email was looking for a cemetery and listed several names. Remarkably, those names matched some of the headstones in the little cemetery. Ms. Elaine Bushman was looking for her family of Dunns. Ms. Bushman has provided family names and photos. Her grandparents and several of their spouses are buried in the cemetery along with other family members who are no longer marked. Their family farm in the late 1890s and early 1900s included at least the surrounding land, the elementary school property, the Blackburn property and sawmill.
Ms. Bushman is planning a visit in the spring to revisit childhood memories of visits with her grandparents, Thomas and Alice Dunn. Mr. and Mrs. Dunn have marked graves, along with Annie Laura Dunn, Mattie Dunn Gamble and Gertie Dunn Crumpler. Also buried in a marked grave is Clyde Alexander Dunn who died at age 2 and Clydices Violet Gamble who died at age 4.
Those citizens that have already helped to clean up that corner deserve a huge round of applause. The Dunn Family would certainly be appreciative.