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Newton Academy Cemetery


 Newton Academy Cemetery, Civil War mounument
  D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, UNC Asheville 28804
Title Newton Academy Cemetery
Creator Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
Alt. Creator Diane Crisp
Subject Keyword Buncombe County, NC ; cemeteries ; graveyards ; Asheville, NC ; Community Foundation of Western North Carolina ; Diane Crisp ; Pen and Plate Club, Asheville, NC  ;  Newton Academy ; genealogy ; Dr. Foster Sondley ; C. Michael Baker ; "Stones Unturned" ; Thomas Forster ; William Forester, Sr. ; William Forster, II ; William Forster, III ; John S. Stevens ; Hugh Stevens ; Sue Gudger Cable ; Frank Forster Davicson ; William B. Johnson ; Mary Wilson Walker ; Richard B. Stevens ; Elizabeth Forester ; George Newton ; Union Hill Academy ; Ora Blackmun ; J.M. Campbell ; Gallatin Roberts ; R.J. Sherrill ; W.L. Brooker ; R.L. Fitzpatrick ; Curtis Bynum ; W. Vance Brown ; C.C. Worley ; R. H. McDuffie ; W.M. Smathers ; John H. Cathey ; J. Edgar Stevens ; Polly Patton ; Col. John Patton ; James McConnell Smith ; George Swain ; William Lowry Swain ; George N> Popoff ; Charles Neal Goodlake ; W.D. Roberts ; Stephen Rice ; Ella Reed Matthews ;
Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
Newton, George
Buncombe County (N.C.) -- Genealogy
Buncombe County (N.C.) -- Cemeteries
Buncombe County (N.C.) -- History
Asheville (N.C.) -- History
Cemeteries -- North Carolina
Epitaphs -- North Carolina
Registers of births, etc. -- North Carolina
North Carolina -- Genealogy
Description A small collection of photocopies of documents related to the Newton Academy Cemetery and a  "Fact Sheet" describing the site, the relationship of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, and the goals and objectives of the newt overseer. Photographs of the cemetery.  A comprehensive site report of Information from the field documentation and mapping of the site by C. Michael Baker, Ph.D. of "Stones Unturned," June 14, 1991, is included. He provides a numerical list of the grave plots with names, where known.
Publisher D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Contributor C. Michael Baker, Ph.D.
Date digital 2004-06-08
Date original  
Type text ;
Format 1 small manuscript box
Source   M2004.
Language English
Relation E.M. Ball Photographic Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804 ;  Heritage of Black Highlanders Collection, Special Collections, UNC Asheville ; Riverside Cemetery, Asheville, NC , Parks and Recreation Department ; Old Buncombe County Genealogical, Asheville, NC ; Find a Grave http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GScid=2198759 ;
Coverage temporal   mid-nineteenth century ;
Coverage spatial  Asheville, NC ;
Rights Any display, publication, or public use must credit the D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville.
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Donor Donor number  ; Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.
Acquisition  2002-12-17
Citation  Newton Academy Cemetery, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Processed by Special Collections staff,  2004 ;
Last update 2004-08-06
Context: The Newton Academy Cemetery is a two-acre wooded knoll adjacent to Biltmore Avenue in the city of Asheville, N.C.. The restoration, preservation and maintenance of the cemetery has been given to the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina "as part of a unique gift agreement," related to the donation of the Newton Academy property to the Foundation by the Forster-Stevens Trustees.

The cemetery was established circa 1818 at the corner of what is today Biltmore Avenue and Unadilla Avenue. It is the location of many of Asheville's early families. Extensive research and mapping of the grounds was completed in the early 1990's by Dr. C. Michael Baker. His work revealed some 210 marked gravesites and approximately 85 unmarked graves. There are also memorial markers for soldiers (both Confederate and Union) whose bodies were not interred.

Early graves include that of James McConnell Smith (reportedly the first white child born west of the Blue Ridge Mountains) ; George Swain, the father of North Carolina Governor David L. Swain and stones marking the grave sites of many familiar Asheville names such as Alexander, Stevens, and Patton.

The following statement has been prepared by the Community Foundation of Western North CArolina regarding the cemetery:

"Newton Academy Cemetery is primarily a mid-19th century graveyard with no original landscape plan in existence. The Cemetery Committee wishes to avoid future changes in the graveyard that would romanticize the landscape to suit modern views of what a 19th century graveyard should look like.

The following are the goals and preservation guidelines established by the Cemetery Committee of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, along with a list of plantings that are historically appropriate for a 19th century graveyard.

  • Preserve the historic presence.
  • Maintain the simplicity of a rural, primitive cemetery; no formality in structures or gardens.
  • Maintain a sense of peace.
  • Create a welcome, inviting environment.
  • Assure respect for those buried there.
  • Plantings must be in keeping with those of the 19th century (wildflowers and others).
Bibliographical Information Information obtained from obituaries found in the Newts record and the Asheville Citizen-Times, February 1999.

Literary advancement [microform]: seven thousand dollars may be gained for the small sum of four in the Newton Academy lottery. Columbia, S.C. : Printed by D. & J.J. Faust, 1810.

Sondley, Foster Alexander. History of Buncombe County, Vols. I and II,

Sondley, Foster Alexander.  Asheville and Buncombe County.

Blackmun, Ora. A Spire in the Mountains.

Mattherw, Ella Reed. The Genealogy of Henry and Nancy Forster Stevens.

Vance, Zebulon. "Life and Character of Hon. David L. Swain," 1878.


Box Folder Item I.D. Description Thumbnail
Fact Sheet prepared by the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Trustee for the Newton Academy Cemetery.  


The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina." Newton Academy Cemetery: Statement of Goals and Preservation Guidelines."  
1   newt003 Stevens, John S.. "The Pen and Plate Club." Newton Academy, June 21, 1990.[13 pages]  
Unidentified history of the donation to the Community Foundation of the cemetery property. [n.d.] [3 pages]  
    5 "The Newton Academy Cemetery: A Directory of Information from the Field Documentation and Mapping of the Site." Prepared by C. Michael Baker, Ph.D. Stones Unturned. June 14, 1991, Sponsored by the Newton Academy Cemetery Committee, The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Inc. [34 page listing of grave sites and names]  
Stevens, Viola S., "A History of the Newton Academy School and Cemetery." Local History Class, Dr. Harley Jolley, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Institute, May 7, 1974.  
    7 PHOTOGRAPHS [digital]  
    8 MAP