22 December 2013

Reverend Bill Allison Memorial Cemetery - Atlanta


I stumbled on the Rev. Bill Allison Memorial Cemetery squeezed in between a warehouse and a trucking depot on Fulton Industrial Boulevard in Southwest Atlanta. I haven't been able to find much about this place, except for a few unconfirmed references to it as Potter's Field.

19 October 2013

Sardis UMC Cemetery - Atlanta

From Sardis Cemetery at Sardis United Methodist Church in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta.

24 August 2013

Oakdale Cemetery - Wilmington, North Carolina

A great example of a rural cemetery in, Oakdale was founded in 1852 when room was running out in the churchyards in town.

Oakdale Cemetery - Wilmington, NC

19 August 2013

Resaca Confederate Cemetery - Resaca, Georgia

Legend has it that this cemetery, resting place for 450 casualties from the battle of Resaca, was one of the first Confederate Cemeteries in the nation, the other being one in Winchester, Virginia. Both were dedicated on October 25, 1866.

26 July 2013

Last Train Home

Destination or point of departure?

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Old Madison Cemetery, Madison, Georgia

Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon, Georgia

21 July 2013

Arlington Memorial - Sandy Springs, Georgia

Arlington Memorial Park, founded in 1922, in what is now Sandy Springs, just north of Atlanta, is relatively new compared to most of the cemeteries in this website. It is a good example of how the Lawn or Memorial Park cemetery was developed in the early 20th century. One of Georgia's governors, Lester Maddox, is buried here.


01 July 2013

Ellijay City Cemetery - Ellijay, Georgia

Located just a few blocks off the city square the site seems like it's miles away. The original 3-acre site, established in 1833, occupies the lowest level. Newer graves dot the hillside all the way to the top of a hill that commands a view of the entire town and the mountains beyond.

City Cemetery - Ellijay, Georgia

04 June 2013

Hillcrest Cemetery - East Point, Georgia

The 17 acre Hillcrest Cemetery, located in East Point just south of Atlanta, ceased operating as a business sometime in the 1990's. According to the Hillcrest Cemetery Memorial Association website, the property is now owned by the elderly widow of a man who once ran the business. It depends entirely on volunteers and donations to the Association for upkeep. Graves date back to the 1880's.

19 May 2013

Almand Cemetery - Conyers, Georgia

Almand Cemetery, on Old Covington Rd just outside Conyers, has been the burial ground for Almands since the 1830's. While Almands and Almonds are prominent throughout the couple acre site, there are many other surnames on the headstones as well. As is common in 19th century cemeteries all over Georgia and the south, many Civil War veterans and casualties are buried here too.

26 March 2013

Oak Grove Community Church - Brevard, NC

The Oak Grove Community Church in Brevard, North Carolina, is half way encircled by an old cemetery that certainly predates the current congregation. The church building itself probably goes back a ways too.

22 March 2013

NYT: Art and History Among the Dead

The New York Times published a great piece on cemeteries this week: Art and History Among the Dead. Starting off with a brief history of the 150 year-old, 400 acre Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, it goes on to describe how historic cemeteries across the country are trying to capitalize on the public's interest in their history, art and architecture. I hope this interest continues and helps to protect these important cultural landscapes.

12 March 2013

HerStories: The Women of South-View Cemetery

On March 23rd the Atlanta Preservation Center is giving a guided walking tour of Historic South-View Cemetery in Atlanta. Interred at South-View, founded in 1886 by formerly enslaved African Americans, are many famous women from Atlanta, including Jennie C. Williams, grandmother of Martin Luther King Jr.

05 March 2013

Sardis Church and Cemetery - Atlanta, Georgia

In the heart of the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, soon to be on the National Register of Historic Places.

10 February 2013

Metarie Cemetery, New Orleans

Developed in 1872, after the race track that sat on the site went bankrupt, Metairie probably has the largest and most elaborate collection of tombs and mausoleums in this city reknowned for its cemeteries.


01 February 2013

San Francisco National Cemtery

Bay View
San Francisco National Cemetery is surely located in one of the most dramatic spots of any cemetery anywhere. Its 28+ acres are situated on a hilltop in the northern edge of the Presidio National Park, from which you have dramatic views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and the city itself.

This relatively small site contains the graves of 30,000 Americans, including over 100 Medal of Honor recipients. Many of the sailors and soldiers buried here were casualties of the battles in the Pacific during WW II.

22 January 2013

Gilbert Memorial Cemetery - Atlanta, Georgia

Perhaps more people drive by this cemetery than any other in Atlanta, as it sits encircled by I-75 and the entrance and exit ramps for Cleveland Avenue. The Georgia DOT erected 53 headstones during construction of the interstate in the early 1980's. The original one-acre graveyard is believed to have held as many as 1000 gravesites of African-Americans dating back to 1861. This graveyard was destroyed in the 50's and rediscovered during construction. The current site is a memorial to that cemetery.

Gilbert Memorial Cemetery

Gilbert Memorial Cemetery

06 January 2013

Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 - New Orleans

There are no new plots in New Orleans' oldest cemeteries, so the only way to get in is to buy one from another family. Unlike its older sibling, No. 1, Lafayette No. 2 is in terrible shape, but apparently there is still a secondary market in gravesites even here.

Interestingly, these above ground crypts can be the repository for dozens of burials over the years. Once the remains decay, and they do in short order in the New Orleans heat, they are simply pushed to the back of the crypt and room is made for a new body.

01 January 2013

Greenwood Cemetery - Atlanta, Georgia

Greenwood, opened in 1904, is designed in the Lawn style, with long vistas in all directions. Greenwood has a large Jewish section, which visible in the background of these shots.