Oak Hill Cemetery

October 10, 2010

Oak Hill Cemetery is located almost exactly in the middle of Johnson City, Tenn., and contains the graves of several notable Tennesseans.

This cemetery has been around as long as Johnson City has. Johnson City was formally established in 1869 by Henry Johnson. The cemetery was declared the next year. Henry Johnson and his wife are buried there. Johnson established a train depot near what is now downtown Johnson City and the settlement became known as Johnson’s Depot. Prior to that a small village near the site was known as Blue Plum.


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Perhaps the most notable grave in this cemetery is that of Col. LeRoy Reeves, the designer of the Tennessee state flag. According to a historic marker placed in the middle of the graveyard, Reeves’ design was chosen by the state legislature as the official Tennessee flag in 1905. It was first raised in a ceremony dedicating East Tennessee State Normal School – now East Tennessee State University – Oct. 10, 1911. Reeves died in 1960.

For anyone who may not know what Tennessee’s flag looks like, I’ve included an image  below. The three stars represent the three divisions of the state – East, Middle and West.

Many graves in Oak Hill Cemetery date from the 1800s. The cemetery still operates today.

 

The flag of Tennessee.
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The top picture accompanying this blog was taken by me at the east end of the cemetery looking south, toward Buffalo Mountain. I framed the shot looking through tree trunks. The next picture shows some of the Reeves family graves at the bottom of the picture and other tombstones in the background.

For more information on this cemetery and much more Johnson City’s history, I recommend checking out the Johnson’s Depot website. It covers pretty much the entire history of Johnson City.

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One Response to “Oak Hill Cemetery”

  1. Day said

    Awesome blog. I’ve lived in southwest VA and northeast TN all my life, but only recently have I began to realize just how lush the history is in this area. A lot of crucial things happened here that are overlooked by a lot of history books, and it’s a real shame.

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