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Pinkney's Tomb Historic Site-Hufstedler Cemetery

Pinkney's Tomb Historic Site-Hufstedler Cemetery
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Constructed ca. 1885, Tennessee’s largest gravehouse is an interesting example of funerary folk art. Pinckney Hufstedler had an aversion of water getting into his grave. Accordingly, he constructed a large wood and stone gravehouse over the graves of his immediate family.  It originated as a low limestone wall surrounding a handful of graves to which Hufstedler added the wooden walls and roof about 1885. The uncommon structure is thought to be the largest gravehouse in Tennessee. Gravehouses differ from mausoleums in that they are built over graves, not as structures constructed to hold the burials themselves. Their construction may be a folk manifestation mimicking the elaborate tombs of the well-to-do. Pinckney’s Tomb is basically unaltered since the time of its construction. It was recently restored by the Perry County Historical Society through a grant from the National Park Service through the Tennessee Historical Commission. The Hufstedler Cemetery is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Pinkney's Tomb Historic Site-Hufstedler Cemetery

Petty Drive off Whitwell Cemetery Road, Linden, TN 37096

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