There are several Rose Hill Cemeteries. This one is in Barrow County, Georgia near Winder. Monuments to children always have an air of sadness to them. I love the details of the little girl and the vase with flowers.
Douglas, Coffee County, Georgia
While not a fully handmade marker, I classify this as a vernacular marker for Eddie Parker (1976-2002) because whoever made this was using readily available materials to create it. This is located in the Douglas City Cemetery, Coffee County, Georgia.
Jonesboro, Clayton County, Georgia
Still, an active cemetery, the Jonesboro City Cemetery highlights a combination of Victorian monuments, handmade markers, and manufactured ones. It also illustrates that it was a segregated cemetery. The Black section sits at the back of the cemetery, and it has several markers showing men and women who were born into slavery but lived past the end of the Civil War.
Elberton, Elbert County, Georgia
Designed by Richard Cecchini, the Sheppard monument represents Christ at Gethsemane. It’s listed on the Smithsonian’s Save Outdoor Sculpture database.
Eastman, Dodge County
Orphans Cemetery is located near Eastman in Dodge County, Georgia. It is a small, well-maintained cemetery that features the beautiful Williamson Mausoleum.
Albert Genavie Williamson and his five younger, orphaned brothers moved to Eastman around 1873. Williamson was an entrepreneur who donated the land for the Orphans Christian Church and cemetery.
According to the National Register of Historic Places nomination, A. G. Williamson had this monument built out by the Cordele Consolidated Marble Company after meeting a monument salesman. Made out of of Carrara marble, it was sculpted from a family photograph. It features Mr. Williamson, his wife Martha, and his nephew, Jay Gould Williamson. Interestingly, Jay is buried on St. Simon’s in the Christ Church graveyard.
Outside of the artistic merit of the monument, it’s apparently unusual to find a funerary monument of three people together like this one.
It was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.
Whitesburg, 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.
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.
Villa Rica, 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.
Summerville, 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
Located in Oak Hill Cemetery, this monument memorializes Augusta Williams (1894-1901) who passed away at the age of 7. The tree represents a life cut short.
On top of the mountain, overlooking Ellijay, is the Ellijay City Cemetery.
Savannah, Chatham County
I visited the cemetery in Savannah for the first time in 2014. It’s a historic African American cemetery that has faced hardship due to poor management. While the lack of care for the cemetery is problematic, the vernacular headstones remind us how much these people were loved.
As of 2021, the owner of the cemetery has passed away, and families are still struggling to get the cemetery cleaned.
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia
Casey’s Hill Cemetery, at the back of Crestlawn Cemetery, is a family cemetery for John Casey. Even though you access the cemetery through Crestlawn, it is not officially cared for by Crestlawn. It’s best to visit when it is cold because of all the vegetation. John Casey and family lived on top of this hill. It has experienced neglect over the years, but it has been cleaned periodically through the years.
Henry Haney, fifteen year old fireman, is buried here. He was a part of the “The Great Locomotive Chase.” Additionally, Chief Investigator Bert Donaldson is buried here who was shot and killed during an ambush attack during an investigation. His accused murderers were cleared of all charges.