Piney Grove Cemetery in Swannanoa is one of the oldest cemeteries in Western North Carolina. Located on the grounds of the 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 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.
As of July, 2018, One Focus Church entered an agreement with the Western NC Presbytery to lease/purchase the building that was the First Presbyterian Church of Swannanoa.
On September 13th, The Board of Directors of Piney Grove Cemetery met, and among the items discussed were identifying graves of individuals who made significant contributions to the history of the Swannanoa Valley, Buncombe County, the state and/or possibly, the nation. If you have any suggestions please email us via this website. Also, you should have received a copy of our latest newsletter - in the mail or online. If you didn't, please let us know by emailing via the form below.
The next meeting of the Piney Grove Board of Directors will be December 13, 2019 at the Bee Tree Fire Station.
Next time you visit the cemetery, don't forget to look for our new signs - on both the east and west sides! Thanks to Board Member Bill Alexander who had them made and installed.
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.
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.
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): Chairman Betsy Kirschner; Board Members Glenn Cox and Treasurer, Steve Hansel
Middle Row: Associate Board Member Robin Hyatt
Back Row (L-R): Board Member and Secretary Brenda Parks Hughes, and Associate Board Members Dave Alexander, Bill Cox
Board Member Bill Alexander and Vice-Chairman Steve Bucy, Associate Board Members Rebecca Schuman, David Rozzell and Bill Alexander
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