Glass Grave House-Whitesburg, Georgia

Carroll County

Grave houses, also known as grave shelters, are a Southern burial practice that likely began in the Appalachian Mountains. Like mortsafes, they served a similar purpose to protect the grave from robbers. It also helped protect the burial site from the elements. Most grave houses have disappeared over the years due to the elements eventually deteriorating the wood.

This is the final resting place of Nannie Lambert Glass, who died in 1899, in Whitesburg City Cemetery.

Corporal Frank Dorris, Georgia

Douglasville, Douglas County

Corporal Frank Dorris was killed in action during World War I at Belleau Wood, France in Battle of Chateau Thierry on June 8, 1918. The 26 day battle resulted in 1,811 US lives lost. It is unknown how many Germans lost their lives, but over 1,600 were taken prisoner.

This marker can seen in the Douglasville City Cemetery.

Crypts at Hillcrest Cemetery-Villa Rica, Georgia

Carroll and Douglas Counties

These are some of the oldest crypts I’ve photographed in the state of Georgia. Located in Hillcrest Cemetery, I suspect these were made close to the time the cemetery was founded in 1826. There are no visible names on the crypts.

Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden-Summerville, Georgia

Chattooga County

Folk artist Howard Finster built Paradise Garden in Pennville, Georgia to share the work of other creators and his own. He is often considered one of the most prolific artists having made over 46,000 different pieces of art. If you’re even in north Georgia, it’s worth a visit. Since my visit in 2014, there has been significant restoration work. They’ve also added places on AirBnb for people to reserve. It was

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