Have you visited many cemeteries? They can seem very eery, scary and dark places. But they can also be fascinating. There are many names for the places where we will be interred. Cemetery, graveyard, churchyard, burial ground, boneyard, God's acre, final resting place, to mention just a few.
|Photo by Ed Starling of Abbott's Creek Cemetery. As|
seen on Find A Grave website. (4)
|Entrance to Abbott's Creek Cemetery|
Swisegood School, according to a website on Davidson County history says that it, "is believed that the makers of many of these stones were a group of early Davidson County cabinet-makers known as the Swisegood School from the Browntown/Abbotts Creek area of the county. No pierced grave markers are known to exist outside of Davidson County. According to the State Historic Preservation Office, these highly sculptured gravestones carved in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century by descendants of German settlers are not only historically and culturally important in NC, but also represent a nationally significant collection of folk sculpture."(2)
|Photo by Keith Osborn as found on |
Find A Grave (3)
On a sign located near the Abbott’s Creek cemetery, given by the Daughters of the American Colonists, it says: “This 1756 church contains unique and artistic North Carolina soft soapstone & pierced tombstones carved by Anglo-German cabinet and furniture makers, many attributed to the Swicegood School, using the same tools as used in furniture. They made coffins and tombstones to supplement their furniture making income and decorated all with beautiful German symbols such as the fylfot cross meaning eternity. These tombstones are unique to Davidson County and believed to be found nowhere else in America.”
Unfortunately, many of headstones are very hard, if not impossible, to read. I wish there was a group somewhere around that area that could take on, as a project, to help preserve them. Click here to see an example of some successful preservation projects on Texas cemeteries, that did just that at some of their local cemeteries. Do you have any one-of-a-kind tombstone pictures from your family members? I would love to see them.
(3) Photo by Keith Osborne as found on Find A Grave website
(4) Photo by Ed Starling as found on Find A Grave website