This is the debut members only post for the Explorers Club Blog. I have contemplated the best format to share my experiences with you. I value your support and want to offer as much value as possible in return. The format I have decided to go with will include:
- A weekly post including the cemetery history researched and generated using AI, info on the 5 graves used for my shorts, the conditions the day of the visit and any thoughts or observations from the visit.
- A post with 2 exclusive videos and the stories behind them
- Random Bonus posts along the way including old footage taken prior to starting this blog
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This week I traveled about 20 mins from our location to explore Lafferty Cemetery in Bath Springs, TN. It was a gorgeous day and I am excited to share the experience below and for the next few posts.
Lafferty Cemetery is a small but historic cemetery that serves several closely related families in Bath Springs, Tennessee. It is situated in a rural area south of Decaturville and north of Highway 114. It has a sign at the entrance and a loop gravel drive that goes up into the cemetery. Lafferty Cemetery was established in the late 1800s and has about 70 memorials, most of them dating from the 20th century. Some of the surnames you can find in this cemetery are Lafferty, Inman, Kelley, Kennedy, and Yarbro. These families have contributed to the history and culture of Bath Springs and the surrounding area. They have been involved in various occupations such as farming, teaching, preaching, and serving in the military. Lafferty Cemetery is a place where you can honor the memory of your ancestors and learn more about their lives and stories. You can also enjoy the peaceful and scenic views of the countryside from this location. Lafferty Cemetery is well-maintained and has a serene atmosphere that invites reflection and gratitude. You can see some interesting features in this cemetery such as a large cross monument, a metal fence with a gate, and some old headstones with inscriptions. One of the oldest graves in Lafferty Cemetery belongs to John W. Lafferty, who was born on March 10, 1845 and died on July 9, 1899. He was a farmer and a Civil War veteran who served in Company B of the 2nd Tennessee Mounted Infantry Regiment. He was married to Mary E. Lafferty, who is also buried in this cemetery. Another interesting grave in Lafferty Cemetery belongs to James W. Inman, who was born on February 22, 1876 and died on October 18, 1957. He was a teacher and a preacher who served as the pastor of several churches in Decatur County. He was married to Sarah E. Inman, who is also buried in this cemetery. If you want to visit Lafferty Cemetery, you can find it on Lafferty Cemetery Road in Bath Springs, Decatur County, Tennessee. It is indicated on the U.S.G.S. Thurman quadrangle (1972) and has coordinates of 35.46736, -88.14150. You can also search for it on Find a Grave or BillionGraves websites. Lafferty Cemetery is one of the many cemeteries in Bath Springs that reflect the rich history and heritage of this community. I am excited to be staying in the area and to be able to explore similar sites in the area.
I turned off a rural county road and onto a gravel drive that quickly became a steep incline, I could see the cemetery to my right and I climbed the hill. I arrived at the top of the hill and parked in a small gravel lot. I immediately notice a very shiny black grave with a woman’s photo on it about 15 yard from the parking lot. This turned out to be the headstone of Holly Bobo and she will be one of my exclusive videos and stories this week. The location was very well maintained. It was an open grassy area situated on the slope of the hill, surrounded by woods that insulated from the very infrequent road traffic. I wandered around the relatively small site just observing and taking in my surroundings before returning to my truck to grab my camera and notepad.
I chose 5 interesting headstones for the short format videos this week. The headstones read:
- E.O. Wade 1814-1882 and A.N. Wade 1836-1920
- Leonard L Barber 1918 (Military w/ no DOB)
- John T Barber 1854-1922
- George Washington Tucker 1801-1895
- Inez Brasher 1920-1920
I took some footage of the views from around the cemetery and also took extra footage of 2 stones that stuck out to me.
I hope you enjoyed the history of this site and a brief note about my visit. Be sure to keep an eye out for the daily shorts on socials and the rest of the posts about Lafferty Cemetery.
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