Pinckney Hufstedler Had an Aversion
Of water getting into his grave. Accordingly, he constructed a large wood and stone gravehouse over the graves of his immediate family. It originated as a small limestone wall surrounding a handful of graves to which Hufstedler added the wooden walls and roof in about 1885. The uncommon structure is thought to be the largest gravehouse in Tennessee.
Gravehouses differ from mausoleums in that they are built over graves, not as structures constructed to hold the burials themselves. Their construction may be a folk manifestation mimicking the elaborate tombs of the well-to-do.
Pinckney’s Tomb is basically unaltered since the time of its construction. It was recently restored by the Perry County Historical Society through a grant from the National Park Service through the Tennessee Historical Commission.
The Hufstedler Cemetery is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Petty Drive off Whitwell Cemetery Road – Linden vicinity
Open Daily Dawn to Dusk
From the traffic light in downtown Linden, go south on Mill Street for 1.2 miles, crossing TN 13 at another light. Turn left (E) at Veteran’s Park on to Old Hohenwald Road, then follow the signs on Hurricane Creek Road and Whitwell Cemetery Road to the site.