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North Shore Cemetery Association

The North Shore Cemetery Association  is a non-profit group organized for the purpose of preserving the graveyards and general history of the Fontana Basin.  Organized in 1977, with an immediate aim to gain general access to the cemeteries of the North Shore in conformity of the contractual agreements that formulated in 1943 between Federal, State and County Agencies.  Another aim of the Association was the planning of decorations for the cemeteries along the North Shore of Fontana Lake as were held in the area before 1943 and the removal of families.  It was and is made up of former residents and their descendants who lived in this area and whose land was taken for the building of the Fontana Dam and Basin area.

Schedule of Cemetery Decorations

PLEASE always check Facebook/NorthShoreCemeteries for the latest information and cancellations. Storms, flooding, resource damage, and government shutdowns can affect decorations. 

- Wear sturdy footwear and clothing suitable for hiking.

- Please, no pets. Additional info is on Facebook.

- Please note: Wike, Walker, and Calhoun is a limited trip due to time and distance. Priority will be given to family and first-time participants. - Sign up between April 15 and June 1. Confirmation will be sent by June 7th. Two alternates are accepted to fill any cancellations. 

Mitchell is a Saturday decoration at the request of the family. 

- Payne & Orr Decorations and Reunions are usually on the 2nd Sunday in May (Mother's Day weekend) May 3rd Sunday: Payne, & Orr  decorations are for NSCA participants not related to either family Conner & Stiles: New Date, moved from 2nd Sunday in June to 2nd Sunday in October 

- Decorations consist of 'decorating' the cemetery, followed by a short service of song and devotion. No Pets! Service animals are allowed with vests and proper documentation. 

- You are asked to please stay with the group as some have been left behind after going 'hiking'.

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