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Old Athens Cemetery (Clarke County)
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc
N 33° 57.267 W 083° 22.375
17S E 280725 N 3759642
Quick Description: A history of Athens first cemetery.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 10/10/2005 5:55:04 PM
Waymark Code: WM2DN
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member snake1411
Views: 70

Long Description:
This site is the original burial ground for Athens and contains the remains of its earliest citizens. It is a part of the original tract of land purchased for the University of Georgia by Governer John Milledge in 1801. All people in Athens were allowed to bury their dead here free of charge. Some markers are uninscribed local field stones, others are of imported marble. Two Revolutionary soldiers are known to be buried here as well as Dr. Moses Waddell, president of the University 1819-1829. Because of overcrowding here, Oconee Hill Cemetery, located nearby to the southeast, was opened in 1856. A number of graves and stones were moved to it. The original cemetery was more than twice as large as now; land was lost as the University and town grew and encroached from all sides. The last known burials occured in the 1880s. Today the Old Athens Cemetery, with its beautiful park-like setting, serves as a place of quiet reflection and rembrance of Athens long ago. The Old Athens Cemetery is maintained by the Old Athens Cemetery Foundation, Inc.
Type of Marker: Park

Marker #: Not listed

Date: Not listed

Sponsor: Not listed

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