Old City Cemetery-Sandersville, Georgia

Founded in 1836 and expanded in 1868, the Old City Cemetery is located in a 4.5 acre plot of land near the town center. The cemetery features several different types of markers that represent the change in marker styles. For a smaller cemetery, it contains several Victorian monuments. I featured many of those here.

It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

Daisy Evans (1906-1908)-A common element in Victorian grave markers is a human figure, child or adult, dropping petals below. While I can’t find a consensus on the meaning, it seems to represent a heavenly reminder to those who are earthbound.

George Clinton Evans (1901-1903)-A common motif on Victorian markers is the cherub removing the shroud from a coffin. This represents hope as the shroud of grief is lifted.
William Howard Evans (1909-1913-Etched at the bottom, it says “Grand Pa’s Pet.” Scrolls represent the documentation of our lives in Heaven.
Ernestine Artman Roberts (1844-1882)-This is one of the larger zinc or “zinkies” I’ve photographed in the state of Georgia. Monumental Bronze Company in Bridgeport, CT made these markers from 1874-1914, and they can be found all over the United States.
Emily Evans (1897-1899)-This headstone is in desperate cleaning to bring out the details of the baby shoes and empty stockings.
Walter Gallaher (1878-1916)-Conch shells placed on a grave were popular during the Victorian era, and they represented a Christian’s journey through life and the church.
Dr. William Haynes (1797-1856)-Haynes was a local preacher, doctor, and high level Mason. The compass and carpenter’s square with the G is one symbol of the Masons. It symbolizes the interaction between the mind and matter.

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