Photographs of old cemeteries seem to draw more interest than many other subjects. In New England they are down almost every small road and typically opened before the revolutionary war. There is nothing colorful about them and a somber monotone or black and white are best practices.
These shots were taken at the old Magnolia Cemetery just outside of Charleston. Here we continued the use of black and white.
For a cemetery 1840, the year this opened, is not very old. But the tall grass, spanish moss, and marshes have eroded everything here.
Old Magnolia has many prominent local families, senators, and governors, as well as civil war casualties here. There are over 2,200 civil war veterans buried here, the soldiers from Charleston who died at Gettysburg are here as well as a large number of ‘unknown’ sailors. Many from the first successful submarine the Henley.
With all this history it seems a shame that the area may be turning to ruins. Yet it does make this place a little mysterious.