Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cantrell-Brewer Cemetery is in the Advance area

The following information comes from an entry on the Arkansas Gravestones website:

"Cantrell-Brewer Cemetery is located west of Advance county road 72 to the junction of 115 about one mile due south of the junction."

A hand-crafted metal sign marks the location of
the Cantrell-Brewer Cemetery in the Ozark National Forest.

On January 14, 2012, I was escorted to the Cantrell-Brewer Cemetery by Mr. Heath Jones.  To reach it, take State Highway 341 (Push Mountain Road) South from Norfork to the Lone Rock community.  When you come to the intersection of State Highway 341 and Baxter CR 72, turn right on CR 72.  After less than a mile CR 72 will make a 90 degree turn to the left, while another dirt county road continues straight.  Stay on CR 72 for about 3 miles.  Continue past "Payne Ln", a private roadway on the left, for about another 1/2 mile to the bottom of the hill.  At the bottom of the hill on the left will be a U. S. Forest Service sign designating the boundary of the national forest, and there will be a trail leading into the woods.  Park at the trail head and walk on the trail.  The trail will immediately fork to the left and to the right.  Take the left fork and head up the hill.  It is close to a 1/2 mile hike up the trail, which is uphill all the way.  The trail is marked in several places by Forest Service signs.  Once you reach the top of the hill, the Cantrell-Brewer Cemetery will be visible on your left.

United States Forest Service sign and markings.

A metal sign has been erected for the cemetery along the trail.  Only one double gravestone has readable names and dates on it.  There is also a very old funeral home metal marker at one grave site that seemed to have the date 1927 on it.  All of the remaining grave sites are marked only with upright field stones.  This is a small cemetery, with evidence of around 10 graves.  It was enclosed by a wire fence at one time, but the fence has now collapsed on all sides.  There are some fallen limbs and branches, but the cemetery is still in fairly good condition.

All of the grave sites are immediately behind
the sign along the trail.

This is the only manufactured gravestone in the
Cantrell-Brewer Cemetery.

Another view of the small Cantrell-Brewer Cemetery.

A funeral home marker that has the date 1927 on it,
no name readable.

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