In my continual study of North Georgia Cemeteries, I happened upon Grand Center Baptist Church
In my continual study of North Georgia Cemeteries, I happened upon Grand Center Baptist Church with a fenced-in cemetery directly behind the building. This cemetery confused me on three accounts.
When I first arrived at the cemetery, I pulled up Google Maps and Billion Graves to get a confirmation of the correct name and location. I’ve found many church yard cemeteries with names that are not correlated to the name of the church. According to Billion Graves, this cemetery is listed as Chickamauga Cemetery. However, I know Chickamauga Cemetery to be a much larger cemetery. Hmmmm. Why is this cemetery listed as Chickamauga Cemetery in Billion Graves? During further investigation, I found this cemetery to be omitted from Google Maps.
Is it possible this cemetery is not a nationally recognized cemetery and it only exists as a burying yard on church grounds?
The next thing that confused me was a tall chain-link enclosure right in the middle of the cemetery. What an odd location for a chain-link enclosure. Why is it here? Is it for placement of old flowers? Is it protecting a piece of land that is not to be walked on? I don’t know.
The third thing that confused me was a barely readable sign located within a family plot on the western edge of the cemetery. The sign read: “Grave Service Made By Samuel Buchanan For Family In The Deed Which Transferred This Tract To The Public As A Burial Ground.” I imagine this is a legal statement and probably has something to do with the reason this cemetery is not listed on my cemetery maps.
Overall, this was a very pleasant cemetery; well maintained with nice flowers. I wish someone would have been in the church so I could have asked a few questions. If anyone with knowledge of this cemetery has answers, please leave comments below or email me via the “contact page.”
One thing I’m always looking for is in what direction does the headstone face. It is common practice for headstones to face east with the interred’s head toward the west end of the grave. So, if the body were to rise up (as in during the time of the rapture) the body would be facing east toward the coming of Christ. This is not always the case, however, as seen in the Resaca Confederate Cemetery I visited earlier today. Many of those burials are in a circular pattern facing a large stone cross at the center of the cemetery.
Eastview Cemetery – Parallel Lines
Another pattern I observe is the divisions of sections of the cemetery. Eastview Cemetery in Adairsville Georgia has some of the most perfectly straight lines of any cemetery I’ve ever visited. Each section is approximately 50′ wide separated by a perfectly straight driveway. Funnily, though this cemetery is named “Eastview”, most all burial sites face west.
I can imaging in days-gone-by, this was a prestigious cemetery. The cemetery’s grass is well maintained despite the closeness of many of the grave markers. The majority of the grave markers are in decent condition. I found several very interesting oval tombstones. The marble obelisks show some signs of sugaring but their overall condition is good.
While I was strolling the grounds, reading the grave inscriptions, and doing some cemetery photography, I saw several families visiting, placing grave flowers, and visiting with their departed loved-ones.
Confederate survivors of the Battle of Resaca; beaten, tired, and on the move, had no time to give proper burial to their brothers-in-arms.
A Nation At War
Fierce and Bloody Battles took place May 13 – 15, 1864 on the battlegrounds near the town of Resaca, Georgia. The Confederate survivors of the Battle of Resaca; beaten, tired, and on the move, had no time to give proper burial to their brothers-in-arms. Crudely dug shallow graves were not sufficient to cover the war dead. But those who had graves were the lucky ones. Most of the fallen soldiers had no burial what-so-ever. That is, until the Green family returned to their home in 1866.
Mary Jane Green Founds The Resaca Confederate Cemetery
Mary Jane Green was astonished by the site of half-buried soldiers in the battlefields of her hometown. By July of 1866, Mary Jane was raising money and finding land to give these soldiers a proper burial. Her father (Colonel John F. Green) donated 2.5 acres and Mary Jane began planning the cemetery layout.
By October 1866, all 450 burials in the cemetery were complete and a dedication occurred on the 25th of that month. Soldiers were buried according to their state of residence. Unknown soldiers were the majority and were buried around a central stone Cross.
Without a proper perimeter fence to protect the cemetery, the United Confederate Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy directed the construction of the stone wall surrounding the cemetery in 1925.
Naomi cemetery is a quaint, rural cemetery in
Walker County, GA.
A Cemetery Nestled in the Forest
Naomi Cemetery – Walker County Georgia
Nestled within densely forested land where thick vegetation muffles the sound of distant traffic, family members mourn the passing of their young child. Tears roll gently down the mother’s flushed cheek while her parents and her husband comfort her in silence.
There is closeness and there is privacy;
their secret sorrow shared only with the
trees and the inhabitants of the woods
surrounding the graveyard.
This is Naomi Cemetery. Or, at least,
this WAS Naomi Cemetery.
Naomi cemetery is a quaint, rural cemetery in
Walker County, GA.
Burials date back generations yet it is
still an active cemetery with modern gravestones dating
as recently as this year.
When families buried their loved ones here, they chose this
location for its placid solitude; a hallowed ground where
mourning and remembrance takes place in the comforting crook of nature.
In recent months, however, the entity in charge of the
land surrounding Naomi Cemetery clear cut the entirety of
the protective forest.
Sunlight is no longer filtered through a thickened
canopy and trees no longer filter the air.
Naomi lies fully exposed and its gravestones suffer
under a layer of dust stirred up by heavy tree cutting equipment.
On the one year anniversary of their child’s
death, the young couple visits the grave site of the
child taken, too soon, from this world of life.
Their sorrow is abating with time. They are
changed and so, too, is Naomi Cemetery.
Porter Cemetery was maintained by The Cove Methodist Church. It is now known as The Cove Cemetery.
The Civil War at Porter Cemetery
On September 17 & 18, 1863, a minor skirmish took place between Federal and Confederate soldiers near what was then known as Porter Cemetery. The brief battle involved a 4:00 AM raid by Union Horsemen. Subsequent artillery fire, lobed by the Confederates, scattered Federal troops.
No war is ever humorous. However, the accounts of this skirmish seem almost farcical even to the solder telling the story. He recounts the onset of an attack that took place so quickly, the horsemen overshot their intended targets. While the horsemen were captured in an instant, other soldiers sought cover in a field of high corn stalks. Although this skirmish was mild compared to the larger war, it was not without casualties. One Captain and several soldiers died in the battle.
With opposing factions each maintaining adjacent hilltop strongholds after the two day fight, all troops were called northward to take up arms in the Battle of Chickamauga which was fought September 18 – 20, 1863.
Porter Cemetery Becomes Cove Cemetery
Porter Cemetery was maintained by The Cove Methodist Church. It is now known as Cove Cemetery. The Cove Cemetery contains the remains of many Civil War era soldiers who died on the battlefield.
Civilians are buried here, too. Most notable in the cemetery is the grave site of the Widow Glenn. This young woman’s husband, a Confederate Soldier, was killed in the line of battle. She lived on the battlefield near Porter Cemetery and her house was commandeered, for a time, by Federal Troops.
I had a very pleasant time wandering the rows of neatly tended gravestones in Wood Station Cemetery.
On a slight rise, just to the east of Old Alabama Highway 151 outside of Rock Spring Georgia lies a perfectly manicured cemetery. It’s headstones are easy to read and gravestone decorations are congruent with the season.
Rural Country Cemetery
It’s October and I’m driving down Hwy. 151 on my way though the rural countryside. There are a couple things I love to see in a well-manicured cemetery. First is that the cut grass is not thrown upon the gravestones making their inscriptions unreadable. Second is that the grave decorations are fresh and congruent with the season. I dislike seeing year old plastic flowers clumped against the headstone under a mound or grass from a lawn mower’s output shoot. Wood Station Cemetery had none of this.
Set in the middle of Georgia pasture land, I could hear the cows mooing from a nearby farm. The autumn sun was setting in a golden hue and a full Hunter’s moon was rising from the east. Conditions could not have been more perfect.
Gravestones were modern yet not gaudy. Their inscriptions where deep and easy to read. The grass was cut short yet the person who mowed the grass took care to prevent scalping the ground or throwing grass upon the grave markers. I hope the cemetery caretakers read this blog posting. The people responsible for Wood Station Cemetery upkeep are doing a wonderful job. I see too many cemeteries where the grass is thrown upon the tombstones making them unreadable. This is not the case at Wood Station. Well done.
A Pleasant Walk Through A Country Cemetery
Maybe it was just the crisp autumn weather or maybe I was in a particularly good mood. Whatever the reason, I had a very pleasant time wandering the rows of neatly tended gravestones in Wood Station Cemetery.
State Line Cemetery was established in the early 1800’s.
A visit to State Line Cemetery
On a recent trip to the Nickajack Bat Cave on the shoreline of the Tennessee River, I discovered a cemetery very near the junction of the Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia borders.
State Line Cemetery was established in the early 1800’s. This coincides with the era many Euro-Americans were moving into this part of Tennessee. The land was still heavily populated and influenced by Native American culture. However, the political, economic, and cultural landscapes were changing. Additionally, the environmental landscape was changing with farmers beginning to graze livestock in the area.
Many of the early gravestones are simple fieldstones laid to mark each gravesite. These early gravestones have no discernable markings thus giving no indication of the name nor date-of-death of the interred. Other grave markers are more modern dating to recent years.
Stateline Cemetery encompasses ground very near the junction point of the Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia borders. If you wish to visit this junction, park your car at the cemetery and find a trail heading due west. The junction point lies about 100 yards from the westernmost edge of State Line Cemetery.
For added excitement to your cemetery hunting, visit the Nickajack Bat Cave at sunset. The cave can be accessed via the Maple View Public Use Area. Shortly after sunset, thousands of bats exit the cave. They flood the tree tops in search of their nightly meals consisting of various insects.
There is a short hiking trail leading to an observation platform. If you have a kayak, you viewing will be greatly enhanced as you can kayak right up to the mouth of the cave and watch the bats exit directly overhead.
The Hunt Family Cemetery on the Grounds of the Chickamauga Battlefield
Hunt Cemetery – Chickamauga, Ga.
Approximate Directions: Drive to the parking area at approximately:
lat. 34.896901 lon. -85.244002.
Walk down the gravel road about .4 miles ’til you come to a clearing. There is a yellow blazed trail to your left. If the trail is overgrown (as it was when I last visited) follow the road then bear left as you follow the edge of the pasture land. In about 800 feet, you will see another hay field to your left. Follow the left edge of that pasture and you will come to the Hunt Cemetery in about 500 feet.
The Hunt Cemetery is located at approximately:
lat. 34.892761 lon. -85.241823
If you’re not good with finding your way through overgrown trails or trekking down dirt paths, stop your car at the Chickamauga Battlefield’s Visitor’s Center and ask for a map to the cemetery.
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Deep in the forests of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park (commonly referred to as the Chickamauga Battlefield) lies a cemetery of the Hunt family.
The Hunts owned and farmed the land in the years before the famous Battle at Chickamauga. Buried here are several family members in marked graves within a cast iron fence. Outside the fence, numerous field-stone marked and unmarked grave sites can be found within the wooded cemetery. Presumably, these are grave sites of family members and workers of the farm.
Singleterry (or is it Singletary?) Cemetery is located behind a quaint white church tucked away in the North Georgia hills. I visited, the grass was growing long. Long grass is to be expected during a wetter than normal North Georgia summer.
Interestingly, this cemetery provides another example of divergence between a colloquial name and an officially registered name. Our records show that the official name is Singletary Cemetery. However, the cemetery sign clearly states that the name is spelled Singleterry.
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