Piney Grove Cemetery in Swannanoa is one of the oldest cemeteries in Western North Carolina. Located on the grounds of the former First Presbyterian Church, founded in 1794.  Piney Grove heralds the names of the Valley’s founding families:  Davidsons, Pattons, Alexanders, Connellys, Stepps, Burnettes, Shopes.  You can also find other familiar names from Valley history:  Wolfe, Ward, Folsom, Clapp, Baker, Brown, Buckner, McMurray, Burgin, Parks.  Ruth Graham’s missionary parents, Dr. L. Nelson and Virginia Bell, are buried here, as are Veterans dating back to the Revolutionary War.  

While the First Presbyterian Church closed its doors in 2014, its cemetery soldiers on as a non-profit 501(c)13 - its 1700+ graves on approximately 5 acres are cared for by a dedicated Board of Directors and Associates.  The cemetery relies on donations for its maintenance so your support is greatly needed and appreciated.   

In 2020, One Focus Church purchased the building that was the First Presbyterian Church of Swannanoa.  

Piney Grove Cemetery routinely receives requests for available plots.  The Board decided a number of years ago that we would not purchase unwanted plots from current owners.  However, if we hear of someone wishing to purchase plot(s), we try to put them in touch with someone wishing to sell them.  All sales and purchases are between buyer and seller.  



Our 2020 Newsletter has been mailed.  If you haven't received a copy, please contact us with a mailing address and we can get one to you.


The Board of Directors and Associates of Piney Grove Cemetery met on September 11th, 2020.  Among the items discussed were mapping the graves and liability insurance for the property. 


"Mapping" of the cemetery is a continued goal and if you'd like to volunteer to help with this massive effort, please let us know.  In addition, we are exploring ways to make people aware of the history of Piney Grove and would welcome any thoughts to this end.  


The next meeting of the Piney Grove Board of Directors will be December 11th, 2020.  

A reminder that Piney Grove Cemetery now has a Facebook Page!  Please "like" and "share" if you're on Facebook and thanks again to Associate Board member Rebecca Schuman for maintaining it! 

Thanks to all of you for your support as we care for this cherished resting place for our loved ones and an historical landmark in the Swannanoa Valley.

At the close of 2020, we will publish our expenses and income for the year.  Ground maintenance continues to be the largest expense for Piney Grove Cemetery, and we rely on donations for the upkeep the property. 


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372 Bee Tree Road, Swannanoa, NC

(just around the bend from the Asheville Christian Academy)



There are no gates so you can visit any time.  We just ask that you respect the privacy of others, particularly if a burial is in progress.  There is a gravel road that offers access to graves located behind the church.


Additional Information:  

Piney Grove Cemetery, Inc. doesn’t own any plots for purchase at this time.  If you are looking to purchase one, please contact us as we might know of someone who can help.



Front Row (L-R):  Board Chairman Betsy Kirschner; Secretary Robin Hyatt, Former Member Brenda Parks Hughes

Middle Row:  Board Treasurer Steve Hansel and Board Member Bill Alexander 

Back Row (L-R):  Board Member Glenn Cox and Board Member Bob McMurray

Not pictured:

Associate members Steve Bucy, Rebecca Schuman, Richard Brown, and David Rozzell 

Grateful thanks to some of our (Founding) retired Board Members: David Alexander, Steve Bucy, Bill Cox, and Brenda Hughes.  



The care and maintenance of Piney Grove Cemetery, Inc. depends on YOUR contributions.  It is a 501C(13) so your donations are tax deductible.  


Please make your check payable to:

Piney Grove Cemetery, Inc.


and mail to:


PO Box 216 

Swannanoa, NC 28778