Category Archives: Historic Photos

Courthouse-Spartanburg, South Carolina

I grew up in Spartanburg and decided to look for old photos in public domain books. It pains me that Spartanburg got rid of the building.

The above building replaced this one.

Reference: Landrum, J. B. (1900). History of Spartanburg County. The Franklin Printing and Publishing Company.

Unknown Cemetery-Georgia

I was looking through the public domain photos and found this one of an unknown cemetery in Georgia. It is believed it was taken in 1899. It was part of W.E.B. DuBois’s personal collection, making me think it could be a Black cemetery. However, those types of markers aren’t frequently seen in the Black sections of cemeteries. Any ideas?

Below are two more shared photos listed as unknown Georgia cemetery that was part of W.E.B. Dubois’s collection. I have zero idea if this is the same cemetery or different ones. Any clues as to what they might be would be great.

I imagine this white picket fence no longer exists around whatever cemetery this could be.

Marshall Family Plot at Laurel Grove North Cemetery-Savannah, Georgia

I was searching through public domain photos and found this Laurel Grove North Cemetery stereograph of the Marshall Family Plot. Stereographs consist of two nearly identical photographs created to produce a three-dimensional image to be viewed through a stereoscope. Frequently, the images are mounted on paper about the thickness and flexibility of modern-day card stock.

I have photographed one monument in this plot many times. According to the details included on the photo is that the stereograph was taken sometime between 1860-1890. Margaret Marshall Barclay is the daughter of Mary and Colonel James Marshall. For those that know Savannah’s history, Mary Marshall was the founder of the Marshall House.

I’ve always found it difficult to photograph this plot due to the plants surrounding it. I do not know if the ironwork was removed due to deterioration or to help with World War II efforts when iron was in high demand.

The obelisk is the marker for Mary and James Marshall. I do not believe the marker that looks like a small child exists in that plot. The next time I am in Savannah, I will need to double-check.

If you are familiar with the Taliaferro Angel in Bonaventure, Margaret Barclay is Marie Taliaferro’s mother.

Margaret Marshall Barclay, 1841-1866. The rocks under the sculpture’s base mean a life built on a firm foundation.