A 52-Week Photo Journey

… Mary Nell Moore's Photography

Week 11 – #17. Gate


I love exploring areas where I have never been and finding pieces of history. Early one August morning while in Chattanooga surrounded by thick fog, I was on Skull Island on the banks of the Tennessee River and discovered an old family cemetery surrounded by a broken down fence and a rusty, deteriorating gate. Barely visible on the gate was the name, Eva Norman. As I wandered around in the ankle-thick overgrowth, I found her headstone on which was etched her birth as 05/28/1854 and death as 10/31/1895. In researching the cemetery, I learned that it was relocated to Skull Island prior to TVA flooding its location in preparation for construction of the Chickamauga Dam. Many headstones contained birth/death dates in the 1800’s but many had not stood the test of time and the names and dates had disappeared long ago. I can only hope that one day a member of the Norman family will appear and give the cemetery back its dignity.


Author: tnwaltz

A true Southerner, I was born in Georgia but lived most of my adult life in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 2001, my husband and I retired and moved to beautiful Sarasota, FL. We quickly realized that we were not retirement material and could not play golf two or three times a week so we got our real estate licenses and affiliated with Coldwell Banker on Longboat Key. My love for photography is very beneficial to me when photographing interiors and exteriors of the homes we list. Other than photography, I have a keen interest in genealogy and golf (whenever I can find the spare time from our real estate practice).

10 thoughts on “Week 11 – #17. Gate

  1. What a sad commentary on this woman’s legacy. There are so many forgotten cemetery’s and headstones. Nice shot. Could also work for spooky.


  2. What it lacks in dignity, it makes up for in character. I’m sure Eva would have approved of your memorializing her. Nice job MN!


  3. Beautiful shot MaryNell.


  4. Mary, you combined history and a legacy in one story. Very nice.


  5. I am 1 of those scared of cemeteries but your photo makes me want to go in. Beautiful!


  6. Kinda spooky — well done!


  7. lovely, I can get lost in a cemetery for hours, there’s so many questions doing through my head. This looks like a great spot. It’s a beautiful shot, very moody.


  8. Very nice, but sad. I like cemetaries too – thinking about the person, wondering what they were like.


  9. With the fog in the background it has a spooky feel. You are brave going into old cemeteries they are very unsettling for me!


  10. Sad that it seems forgotten. The fog and the neglect add atmosphere to the shot. They are places to wonder and think about the occupants. Good you have brought it to our notice and remember for a while.


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