Weekend storm damages veterans cemetery in Cumberland Furnace

Posted at 4:37 PM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 21:13:04-04

CUMBERLAND FURNACE, Tenn (WTVF) — Dunbar Cemetery was damaged after this weekend's fierce winds pushed through Cumberland Furnace. Trees toppled onto tombstones of the 19th century cemetery, which sits along Spring Hill Road and Highway 13.

Underneath the soil of Dunbar Cemetery, you can find a lot of history. The cemetery was created in 1810 and holds dozens of American veterans dating back to the civil war.

72 year-old Roy Knight is the unofficial groundskeeper. Since the storm system came through Middle Tennessee, he's been picking up debris but says it's too much to take on alone.

"Well it kind of hurts your feelings a little bit because we cleaned it up a bit where you could mow, so this just adds insult to injury you might say," said Knight.

Even though he's done a lot, Knight still needs help. He says if anyone has a tractor, wood chipper, or even can volunteer moving the logs, he'd love the help. He has set up a clean up date for this Saturday, November 2nd, at 10 a.m. at the cemetery. You can also email him at