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It Started with a Door on a Tree ...

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Look what we found today in our cemetery! We discovered a cute little house with a bright red door attached to an old maple tree with someone’s name on it. The door reads, ‘Miream’s Tree.’ Does anyone know anything about this? 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

We have been talking a lot around the office about the name on the red door of the little house we found yesterday. Who is ‘Miream’ and why has she apparently enchanted a little house in an old tree in our cemetery? We’ll keep looking into this; it’s really quite cute. If anyone knows anything about this, please let us know. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

We found out something very interesting about the name ‘Miream’ today – the name we discovered recently on a little red door in our cemetery. After digging around in our old cemetery archives, Reed and Ginger from our office discovered that we apparently have someone buried in our cemetery named Miream, even with the same exact spelling. As it turns out, Miream is the oldest person buried here. What is really interesting is that she was born in 1790 and died in 1854, even before Grandview Cemetery began! When we did a little further research, we also found out that Miream’s father was a pioneer and early settler of East Tennessee and was also a major in the Revolutionary War. Apparently, after Miream died, she was originally buried at a family cemetery in Loudon County, Tennessee. But in 1976, TVA needed the land of that old cemetery for further development and Miream was moved here to Grandview.

According to our in-house records, at some point, our office staff started calling an area of our cemetery where children are buried as ‘Miream’s Garden’ – evidently as a way to give a special name to this sacred space at our cemetery. The door we found on the tree makes total sense now – ‘Miream’s Tree’ marks the location where families still come today to remember their lost children. The question we have now is – who put this cute little house here and how did they know about Miream? Please let us know if you have any information. 

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Well…curiosity finally got the best of us today. Daniel Lankford, our cemetery foreman, decided to open the door of ‘Miream’s Tree’ and look inside. He found a small jar with a lid that said, “Legacy Notes” with small scrolls inside.

Friday June 12, 2020

The lights were on tonight, but we didn’t knock because it was too late.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Happy Flag Day!

Monday, July 27, 2020

Becky Gabehart, our funeral director at Cremation by Grandview, was having lunch today when she noticed something new at our Reflection Booth on the Grandview Legacy Trail (behind the new Pavilion). Turns out we have another red door at the cemetery! This time the name over the door is Itaru's Outpost. (Some of you will remember our discovery of Miream's Tree last month). This house is so cute! But don't worry, Becky checked inside and no one has moved in yet.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Itaru has moved in! We checked today and found his outpost has his furniture inside. Stop by, open the door, and look for yourself. (His house is located behind the new pavilion at Grandview Cemetery). Our favorite discovery was his little mailbox on his porch - similar to the mailbox next to our Reflection Booth. The booth provides a place to write letters to loved ones who have died and share thoughts and feelings that may have gone unsaid.

We wonder who Itaru sends his letter to? Who would you write a letter to?

Friday, July 31, 2020

Itaru even has his own telephone! He must have noticed the telephone we have in the Reflection Booth (classic style – with a rotary dial!). Why would people feel MORE connected to their loved one by using a DISconnected phone? Stop by and visit the Reflection Booth to read about why the phone is there.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Look what Justin Chambers, Grandview’s President, found today while driving in to work. Just inside the main entrance on the left in our Old Circle section of the cemetery, someone is staging something on what is being called, the “Great Stump.” It looks like it is still under-construction. We are all curious what event is being planned. We’ll keep you posted. 

Saturday, October 31, 2020

This morning we found evidence of a celebration on the Great Stump. Was it a Día de los Muertos, All Saints’ Day, or All Soul’s Day event? We are unsure; however, there was some candy left behind. If you are in our neck of the woods, please stop by and take a piece of candy home. The jar says, “Please Take One.”

Monday, November 2, 2020

Well…the celebration must have ended. All candy and decorations are gone, and the “Great Stump” has been cleared off for now. However, our office staff is still discussing the candy jar. Some people noticed that the message on the jar was signed by “L.K.” Does anyone know to whom the initials, L.K., refer? We do not have anyone on our staff that fits the description. Hopefully we’ll learn more later.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

New discovery today! One of our regular walkers found a little cabin this morning. It’s a miniature dwelling just behind the Historic Cabin at the main entrance of the cemetery…a perfect replica of the original Steven’s Cabin. It’s called Finn’s Farmhouse…and yes, it has a red door too!

We think we have finally connected the dots to this mystery. A hand-drawn map of the cemetery was found inside the door. Apparently, all the curious little dwellings that have appeared this past year at Grandview are connected: Miream’s Tree, Itaru’s Outpost, the Great Stump, and now Finn’s Farmhouse. Check out this fun map. Whoever did it used some creative naming of their own, but it is surprisingly accurate.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

We think we have finally connected the dots to this mystery. A hand-drawn map of the cemetery was found inside the door. Apparently, all the curious little dwellings that have appeared this past year at Grandview are connected: Miream’s Tree, Itaru’s Outpost, the Great Stump, and now Finn’s Farmhouse. Check out this fun map. Whoever did it used some creative naming of their own, but it is surprisingly accurate.

Saturday, January 2, 2020

The red door on Finn’s Farmhouse says, “Legacy Keepers.” We suspect they may be fairy-like critters who have moved here to watch over Grandview Cemetery. Should we let them stay? When we looked closer at the map, we noticed other “Legacy Keeper” dwellings listed that are not currently here. Does that mean that there are more Legacy Keepers to come in the New Year? Stay tuned folks! This is really getting interesting…

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