Help available to access BSF cemeteries

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The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will provide assistance on June 6-7 for family members who wish to visit remote cemeteries and do minor clean-up of graves of their relatives.

This assistance will be provided to the park cemeteries that are not easy to access and located inside the park boundary.

Transportation from a designated area in the park to the cemetery will be provided only to those who are physically unable to walk round trip, based on a first-come, first-served basis.

The park is also planning on providing this service sometime in the fall when the weather is cooler.

Fifty-eight cemeteries are in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Some of these are very old and no longer receiving burials, while others are current cemeteries.

Those who need assistance visiting a park cemetery on June 6-7 should contact Effie Houston at 423-569-9778 by noon on June 5 and provide the day and cemetery visiting.

For more about the cemeteries of the Big South Fork go to http://www.nps.gov/biso/historyculture/cemeteries.htm.