For the better part of a year I have been helping Hugh Leigh in a civic community project in maintaining a cemetery located on a hill atop of where his family farmed for two generations before him.
As Hugh Leigh said to me on the way to make the cemetery nice for July 4th, “This is one of those things that you never thought you were going to do in your life but now not only do you do it, you enjoy taking on the responsibility.” I started helping as two mowers get the job done much faster as one, but as time passed I realized that I liked making a place where families continue to come to visit their departed loved ones that it is another example of ‘the more you give, the more you get’.
A little bit of history is learned along the way. Here is a tombstone of a logger, of which there were many, as before cotton, etc. could be grown in the hills, the land needed to be cleared and there was many to be made selling the old growth trees for all types of buildings and ship building.
Finally, the results of ‘yellow fever’ epidemics are visible. Multiple family members might be entombed together and or mass graves were dug and no headstones were done for either cost or speed and only depressions in the ground are what remains.