Umbria Magnolia plantation sat at the top of the Charleston peninsula. Built in 1805 Umbria grew rice like most of the Lowcountry plantations.
Just prior to the US Civil War 92 acres were deeded to create a large cemetery. A new idea since most everyone was expected to be buried in their church yard. A pandemic (of course) of Yellow Fever quickly filled the old church yards so the cemetery became necessary.
Both confederate and union troops camped on the grounds during the war. Ultimately most of the plantation became a cemetery, a section called ‘Solders Ground’ became a confederate military cemetery.
In 2019-2020 the original building was renovated and houses the cemeteries offices.
Magnolia Cemetery, along with Bonaventure in Savannah and St. Louis in New Orleans, is one of the famous southern Gothic / Victorian cemeteries in the US.