What happens to original gravestones after they are replaced in a cemetery? Are they sent back to their maker, buried in a ditch, or stored in a barn?
The Yadkin County Historical Society wants to collect these memorial stones and place them in the Yadkin County Garden of Gravestone Memories, which the society will dedicate this Saturday at 10 a.m., at the Davis Museum, behind Wells Fargo Bank, North Van Buren Street, Yadkinville. The garden is not a cemetery, but a place to display discarded gravestones in a dignified fashion.
The garden’s first artifact is a U.S. government military marker for Ralph Dobbins Eaton (1926-1945), an Army solider from Yadkin County, who was killed in World War II in Europe. His family retrieved the stone from a trash pile, cleaned it, and donated it to the Garden. His replacement marker is in the Harmony Grove Cemetery in Yadkinville.
The historical society seeks grave markers which their owners have the authority to donate. Financial support for the Garden can be made to the Yadkin County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, non-profit organization. The society’s address is P.O. Box 1250, Yadkinville, NC 27055. For more information, contact Andrew Mackie, 336-428-8471 or [email protected]
Andrew Mackie is a Yadkin County historian and member of the Yadkin County Historical Society.