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Near Robbinsville in Graham County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Dedicated July 30, 1936

 
 
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2009
1. Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Marker
Inscription.  
Joyce Kilmer
165th Infantry, Rainbow Division, soldier and poet, author of “Trees,” born in New Brunswick, N.J., December 6, 1886; killed in action in France July 30, 1918.

This memorial was initiated by Bozeman Bulger Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was selected by the U.S. Forest Service.
 
Erected 1936 by Bozeman Bulger Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and U.S. Forest Service.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicParks & Recreational AreasPatriots & PatriotismWar, World I.
 
Location. 35° 21.334′ N, 83° 56.052′ W. Marker is near Robbinsville, North Carolina, in Graham County. Memorial can be reached from Joyce Kilmer Road (County Road 1134) 0.6 miles west of Santeetlah Road (County Road 1127). Marker is located on the Joyce Kilmer National Recreation Trail, about a one-half mile hike from the trailhead and parking area at the west end of Joyce Kilmer Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Robbinsville NC 28771, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2009
2. Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Marker
within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Junaluska (approx. 7˝ miles away); Civil War in Graham County (approx. 7˝ miles away); Fontana Dam (approx. 9.6 miles away); The TVA System of Multi-purpose Dams (approx. 9.8 miles away); Welcome to Fontana Dam (approx. 9.8 miles away); Fontana's First Stewards: (approx. 10 miles away); Appalachian Trail (approx. 10 miles away); Fontana Dam: (approx. 10 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Robbinsville.
 
Also see . . .
1. The tragedy of Joyce Kilmer, the Catholic poet killed in World War I. Joyce Kilmer was killed by a German sniper’s bullet on July 30, 1918, during the Second Battle of the Marne in World War I. The celebrated writer is best known for his 1913 poem “Trees.” There is, however, much more to Joyce Kilmer’s story than this one well-known poem. (Submitted on November 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Alfred Joyce Kilmer (Wikipedia). For his valor, Kilmer was posthumously awarded the Croix de Guerre (War Cross) by the French Republic. Kilmer was buried in the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial, near Fere-en-Tardenois, Aisne, Picardy, France just across the road and stream from the farm where he was killed. (Submitted on November 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2009
3. Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Dedication Plaque
(located along the Joyce Kilmer National Recreation Trail)
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Trail Map image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2009
4. Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Trail Map
(located at the trailhead on Joyce Kilmer Road)
"Trees" by Joyce Kilmer image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2009
5. "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer
(located at the trailhead on Joyce Kilmer Road)

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

—Joyce Kilmer
Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness, Nantahala National Forest image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2009
6. Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness, Nantahala National Forest
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 24 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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