|View from a path in the Cohutta Wilderness, GA|
Yesterday we went on an adventure in the Cohutta Wilderness which is just minutes from our new home in Blue Ridge, GA. Our home is located on the southeast border of the national park. With more than 40,000 acres in Georgia and Tennessee it's the largest wilderness east of the Mississippi. The Cohutta Mountains are part of the oldest known mountains in the world and the southern end of the Great Smoky Mountain Range. As early settlers moved west they avoided these mountains because of difficult access and scant level ground for farming. Only a few hardy Scot-Irish settlers scratched out a meager existence in this section of Appalachia.
Along the way on our adventure, we stumbled upon the Dyer Mountain Cemetery. The tombstones dated back prior to the Civil War and the most recent burial happened in 2000. The cemetery was very well maintained and missing monuments have been replaced with beautiful granite headstones.
The cemetery had a very old open-air church; the pews and pulpit had many layers of worn paint and the roof had been replaced with tin. Imagine how many souls have used this little church to worship, wed, or celebrate the life of dearly departed relatives. It was a beautiful place to celebrate and worship!
It was a fun day discovering places just down the road from our new home!