Rust And Ruin, Charleston

Rust And Ruin, Charleston

There is always a story behind the old stones. The trick is to find it.

Rust And Ruin, Charleston
Rust And Ruin, Charleston

William Taber, a large monument now broken in two.

Wm R Taber was the editor of a prominent Charleston newspaper, and killed in a duel per the New York Times in October 1856. He is buried in St. Philips graveyard in Charleston. Like many respected people in Charleston a monument was erected in Magnolia Cemetery. Most families wanted to be buried at their Church in this period. Cemeteries were ‘a new’ thing.

Rust And Ruin, Charleston
Rust And Ruin, Charleston

Wrought Iron surrounds a parcel of land set aside for members of an early Free Masons Lodge. The Lodge was formed in 1735. Lodge Number 1 is one of the early lodges of the Ancient Free Masons. Lodge Number 9, Savannah Ga, held meetings first. Why 9 first? I just publish what I find.

Rust And Ruin, Charleston
Rust And Ruin, Charleston

The iron fences surround and mark most of the oldest parcels in Magnolia Cemetery. At one point the Umbra Plantation was still in operation even after Magnolia had been opened. The land was originally owned by Umbra. In 1850 the first land, near the marsh, was set aside for a cemetery. The Civil War put an end to Umbra, troops were camped here, many stayed (a military cemetery).

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