Category Archives: Cemetery

Cemetery Rust And Ruin

Not long ago the iron fencing and stone curbs were all intact. This family site, the prominent Aiken’s, was first built in 1856.

I am hoping some type of repair work is done. This is fairly well known and of historical importance.  But so are many other places in the Victorian section of the cemetery.

Cemetery Rust And Ruin
Cemetery Rust And Ruin
Cemetery Rust And Ruin
Cemetery Rust And Ruin

Above, erected ‘by a friend’, a mason, in 1870.

Cemetery Rust And Ruin
Cemetery Rust And Ruin

The Harral Children (1839-1855), are buried with the prone lamb statue. The first three children were first buried in a Charleston church yard but moved here to be with the family. Church yards were full, so the start of a cemetery began.

Cemetery Rust And Ruin
Cemetery Rust And Ruin

The last photograph is a tall obelisk that like so many here had just one too many storms.

There is a lot of beauty and history here in this rust and ruin.

Old Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.

Old Receiving Tomb

Very few buildings like this are around now. There is actually another about 1/2 mile down the road. After that maybe Savannah, GA will have one.

Old Receiving Tomb
Old Receiving Tomb

This is a temporary tomb to house the deceased until the burial site is ready. Typically a few days. However, one person was here over a year while statues were shipped from Italy.

 

Chapel Of Ease

There are still the remains of several ‘chapels of ease’ around rural South Carolina. Some are almost gone, this one is in better shape.

Chapel Of Ease
Chapel Of Ease

The Anglican chapel was constructed in 1740 by planters on Saint Helena Island as a chapel of ease for parishioners who had difficulty traveling to worship at the main parish church in Beaufort, South Carolina. The ruins were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. 

 

Old Iron, Cemetery

Wrought Iron fencing was used extensively in the first cemeteries. Traditionally burials were in graveyards until the mid 1800’s. A growing population and pandemics (yep, nothing new) filled church yards beginning the need for the cemetery.

Old Iron
Old Iron

Gothic and Victorian styles can still be found but time is rusting them away.

Old Iron
Old Iron
Old Iron
Old Iron

Magnolia Umbra Plantation / Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.