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Search is on for Rutherford cemeteries

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The digital map will be shared with local planning commissions so historic cemeteries won't be destroyed by future development. (Photo: MGN Online) The digital map will be shared with local planning commissions so historic cemeteries won't be destroyed by future development. (Photo: MGN Online)
SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) -

Rutherford County historians plan to use new technology to solve a big mystery: Whatever happened to the old cemeteries and family burial plots that once dotted the landscape across Rutherford County?

County historians took pains to document nearly 800 cemeteries back in the 1970s, most of them plots on old family farms. The Daily News Journal reports (http://on.dnj.com/1gZ0zoz ) that historians now want to use new technology to digitally map all the burial grounds in the county.

The digital map will be shared with local planning commissions so historic cemeteries won't be destroyed by future development.

Last week researchers located and marked the Cannon Cemetery in Smyrna, which has more than 200 headstones. The cemetery contained some of the first families of Rutherford County and at least three Revolutionary War veterans.

 

Information from: The Daily News Journal, http://www.dnj.com

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