I'm not sure if there a decoration day or not but I have a Haywood County Cemetery Book written by George A. Miller in 1979. I read the little article that he had written in the book and found it fascinating. He states that there is a farm owned by Mr. Erastus White near the cemetery. He can supply historical knowledge pertaining to this cemetery. He gave Mr. Miller the following story concerning the deaths of Mitchell Coldwell and Henry and George Grooms who lie buried in this cemetery: "According to reports passed down through the years, all three men were shot by Capt. Albert Teague's Confederate Scouts as Union Sympathizers and "outliers" or deserters. Coldwell had been captured near the Tennessee line and the two Grooms brothers were taken by threats to their families. All were tied and taken across to the Little Cataloochee side of Mt. Sterling near where the Little Cataloochee road meets. The men were stood up by the side of the road, Coldwell (who it is said was a very simple minded man, Henry Gooms - The fiddler and his brother George. The Scouts made Colwell pull his hat down over his face saying they did not want to shoot anyone facing them with a grin on his face.** George Grooms died cursing while Henry asked to be allowed to pray. When Henry's time came, he was told that he must first play them a tune on his fiddle and he complied by playing his favorite "Bonaparte's Retreat."** All three bodies were left lying in the road and hours later Eliza Grooms ' Henry's wife, a Sutton boy and others came with an ox hitched to a sled and carried them back across the mountain. All three men are buried in the same grave in a single pine coffin."
George goes on to say that the cemetery is well maintained by relatives. Which relatives, I'm not sure. Let's hope someone reads your posting and contacts you.
**If you saw the movie Cold Mountain, there are scenes to this effect. Even though Cataloochee or men aren't mentioned in the movie.
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