Aspenvale Cemetery, Seven Mile Ford, Smyth County, Virginia

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Source:National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form. Aspenvale Cemetery, Smyth County, Virginia
Person:William Campbell (85)

Significance

Aspenvale Cemetery is on the register of Historic Places. It is the family cemetery, and burial place of Brigadier General William Campbell. During the Revolution Campbell led the Overmountain Men were led by General Campbell at the Battle of King's Mountain (October, 1780). King's Mountain is widely recognized as the turning point of the Revolution, and ultimately led to the surrender of Cornwallis one year later at Yorktown Virginia. Afterwards, Campbell was active in the final Yorktown Campaign, but took sick and died a few months before Cornwallis' surrender. His body was returned for burial at his family home in Seven Mile Ford, Va.

General Campbell's grave was marked by an engraved slab to the immediate left of the three spire markers in the above photo. The original marble slab has been replaced, but the original engraving was copied verbatim to the new marker.

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Campbells home was called "Aspenvale" after a grove of aspen on the property. The family burial plot is partially located within this grove.

Location

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Aspenvale cemetery (purple square) is located just west of the town of Seven Mile Ford, just off I-81 in Smyth County, VA. Access is via a short gravel road shown here in grey, from Seven Mile Ford Road, near its intersection with Spring Branch Road. Part of the cemetery is within a small grove of aspen trees (ellipse).