East Hill Cemetery

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East Hill Cemetery, established in 1857, straddles the border between Tennessee and Virginia in the city of Bristol. Originally known as City Cemetery and closely associated with the city’s early history, the cemetery contains the graves of Bristol’s founders, enslaved African Americans, more than 179 Civil War soldiers (including those who died during the war as well as its veterans), Revolutionary War hero Gen. Evan Shelby, and many other people who made contributions to Bristol and the nation. Although still in use at the time of its listing, the East Hill Cemetery was eighty percent occupied before 1961, with more than eighteen percent of burials occurring before 1900.

Last Updated: January 30, 2024

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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