Showing posts with label Macedonia Church. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Macedonia Church. Show all posts

25 November 2011

Old Macedonia Church Cemetery: Part II

If you missed the first post about the layout of Old Macedonia Church Cemetery- here is the link.

In this post I will include general pictures of Macedonia that I took while visiting. Enjoy!

Photo by K. Stevens, 2011. 




Photo by K. Stevens, 2011.
Photo by K. Stevens, 2011.


           
             Photo by K. Stevens, 2011
Photo by K. Stevens, 2011.
Top Center: Gravemarkers in Old Macedonia Church Cemetery.
Middle Left: The cemetery has several markers like this one where the plaque inside the stone is broken and unreadable.
Middle Right & Bottom Left: Simple stone markers, no engravings.
Bottom Right: Girl Statue in the cemetery. 

24 November 2011

Old Macedonia Church Cemetery: The Layout













Old Macedonia Church Cemetery made me wish I had brought bug spray and a friend along. The cemetery is directly off of Tryon Road on Mid Pines (the cemetery is on the right). There is a little gravel driveway in which you can pull up. A forest backs the cemetery and there are trees and tall weeds throughout. This cemetery should not be confused with Macedonia UMC cemetery which is down the road at Tryon Road and Holly Springs Road, although both were started by Macedonia UMC.

The history of Macedonia UMC states that:
The original location was at the corner of Mid Pines and Tryon Roads Raleigh. That church was built on land totaling one acre, acquired from Charles Williams for the sum of $0.50 (50 cents). The formal dedication for that building was held June 6 1886. The paster of that church was J.F. Butts and the presiding Elder was N.M.D. Wilson. (1)
It you visit this cemetery now, however, there is no sign of a church.

The cemetery has various family plots scattered throughout, many graves marked only with stones, and some marked with unreadable funeral home markers. The main plots and their locations are listed below. Some family plots are enclosed, others are not.




A- Holderfield
B- Batts
C- Cates & King
D- Watkins & King
E- West
F- Johnson
G- Johnson
H- Gilchrist
I- Powell






Want more information about the internments at Old Macedonia Church Cemetery:
1.http://www.macedoniaumc.org/about_us/history/
2. http://www.interment.net/data/us/nc/wake/macedonia/mac.htm
3. http://cemeterycensus.com/nc/wake/cem108.htm

16 August 2011

Always Bring Bug Spray

Today was my first adventure into the land of cemeteries with this blog in mind. I wasn't as prepared as I should have been.

Here are some tips from my adventure today.

Tip #1: Research is key.
I used CemeteryCensus' map feature for Wake County (found here) to find local cemeteries that lay along my route. I chose three to focus on-- Epheseus Baptist Church Cemetery (6767 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh) , Macedonia Church Cemetery (2500 Mid Pines Road, Raleigh), and the King Family Cemetery (just past 3008 Mid Pines Road, Raleigh), but I didn't have time to read all about these cemeteries on CemeteryCensus.com or Internment.net. That came back to bite me when I couldn't find the King Family Cemetery-- I would have known it no longer exists if I had studied up on Internment.com.


Tip #2: Bring extra batteries for cameras. (Or in my case bring extra cameras)
My first stop was at Epheseus Baptist Church. I brought two digital cameras with me and extra batteries. But with my luck neither of the cameras wanted to work. Thanks cameras! Luckily my phone takes pictures and so it had to do.


Tip #3: Bring a notebook, some water (for yourself & for the tombstones), & writing utensils.
I did manage to bring a notebook and pen to keep up with my transcriptions, drawings, and other notes. I failed to bring water (spray bottle or otherwise) which made reading some of the stones impossible.

Tip #4: Bring closed toed shoes (& long pants).
Epheseus is still in use and well kept (although some stones have been covered by grass), but my next stop Macedonia Church was a more rural cemetery with grass as high as my knees. This is when I switched from my trusty Chaco's to my trusty tennis shoes. Boy was I glad those were in the car. Long pants would have been helpful too because I would not have had to worry as much about picking up ticks or stepping on deadly things. Oh yeah, and those tennis shoes, they are also good if a dog decides to chase after you.


Tip #5: Always Bring Bug Spray!!!!                  
I may not have needed it at Epheseus, but bug spray would have been a welcome item at Macedonia cemetery. The forested cemetery harbored many mosquitoes...and is now the inspiration for the title of my blog.
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