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Old 05-08-2010, 02:52 PM   #1
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Thumb Exploring Alabama’s long lost cemeteries.

I lost my mother in 1984. I was only a teenager when she died. I visited her gravesite in Memphis this week for Mother’s Day.


It made me think of all the long lost cemeteries hidden in the hills and hollows of rural Alabama and how they won’t be visited this weekend.






Let’s take a short ride from my driveway and see what lost cemeteries we can find.







Many of these forgotten cemeteries are trapped behind gated hunting leases.
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Old 05-08-2010, 02:57 PM   #2
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Old 05-08-2010, 03:44 PM   #3
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This cemetery dates back to the late 1800s.




It looks as though someone has recently attempted to clear and mark the graves.

I like that.....


No roads lead to this lost cemetery.

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Old 05-08-2010, 03:56 PM   #5
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Old 05-08-2010, 04:11 PM   #6
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Love that kind of thing

I often do the same thing here in Missouri. Interesting to see the names and a little glimpse at a life lived long ago, short epitaphs for children who were victims of the flu epidemic, a young man cut down in his prime in a trench in Europe in WWI. A quiet moment to pay respects.
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It always make me wonder about the history of the folks in those old graves when I see em out and about. Did you discover them out for a ride or did you have to look up where they were? It was cool to hear the story about those sites. Pix are neat as well. Good job.
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Old 05-16-2010, 06:47 AM   #10
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As I was looking around the lost cemetery you could see the depressions in the ground that hold the bodies of men, women and children. Most of the graves have long since lost their markers.

About 50 yards behind Isaac B. Points, I discovered Monroe Burns.















So far, we have traveled only six miles from where we started in the driveway.


Soon, we will venture out farther to discover other long lost cemeteries.
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:02 AM   #11
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Question How?

I would like to know how you find these old cemetaries. Is there are registry, online or Co. Courthouse maybe? I live east of Muscle Shoals and being a transplant from SOCAL I am fascinated by all the old graveyards around. As usual great report and pics, If you are not a history teacher you should be.
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Very nice indeed! Well done!

Friend down here took me to an old 1800's woods site like those, brick above ground graves opened/busted, couple of bones around, and laying there rusting in the weeds...a child's riveted metal casket with a small window for looking in/out!!??
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... If you are not a history teacher you should be.
Bingo. I think Dave would make a great teacher.
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I would like to know how you find these old cemetaries. Is there are registry, online or Co. Courthouse maybe? I live east of Muscle Shoals and being a transplant from SOCAL I am fascinated by all the old graveyards around. As usual great report and pics, If you are not a history teacher you should be.

Thanks, BADDAD.

These lost cemeteries are not easily found. I've lived in these hills and hollers for some twelve years. I found these from just exploring and listening to the locals. I'm also a collector of local history items on Blount Springs. I run across people that help me collect information about the area. The locals really help when it comes to finding these lost pieces of history.


The local courthouse or library would be a great place to start.
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Found this thread by accident. I'm from Ontario, Can. I have found some pioneer cemeteries in the area, and I love looking for ghost towns. I've even found some of my own ancestors graves. Our township was an end point for the underground railroad, which has created some interesting places to visit.
Around here many folks buried their own on their own farms, so we find graves in unusual places.
Anyways sorry for the hijack, but I really enjoyed the read!
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