Monday, January 25, 2010

Online Cemetery Preservation Books

I have been pleasantly surprised at the amount of good cemetery preservation information available online.  As I find particularly good examples I’ve been posting them to the blog, and today I came across a couple of books published by Georgia and South Carolina. 

South Carolina publishes “South Carolina Historic Cemeteries:  A Preservation Handbook” and makes a PDF available online.  This looks like an excellent resource.  It has a brief overview of cemeteries by century (18th, 19th, and 20th) along with preservation advice.  Keep in mind that the Atlantic coastal states were points of entry for many who later migrated westward into Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Louisiana so you find similar cemeteries across the southeast.  Basically – even if you live somewhere other than South Carolina this will be a good reference!

Georgia makes their preservation guide, “Grave Intentions”, available online as well, although the link isn’t working for me right now.  You should be able to click on the “text” link and download the book. 

The weather has not been conducive to cemetery excursions lately.  After the extremely cold (for Mississippi) temperatures there has been torrential rainfall.  Many of the roads out to the smaller family cemeteries are impassable quagmires.  Now that things are warming up a bit I’m hoping to get out again once the ground dries up a little though.  Keep an eye on this page for new photos and updates soon!

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