Old Smithville Burying Ground, Southport, North Carolina

The sign at the entrance of the cemetery.

The sign at the entrance of the cemetery.

Old Smithville Burying Ground

These grounds confirmed as a burying site in 1792 during

the original town lay out by first appointed  Commissioners:

Benjamin Smith, chairman, William Espyfor, Robert Howe,

Joshua Potts, and Charles Gause; Esquires.  The (?)

stone is dated 1804; however, earlier burials ?)

possibly dating to the construction (?).

 

There he is.  Benjamin Smith.  Before it was called Southport, it was called, why, Smithville, of course.

There he is. Benjamin Smith. Before it was called Southport, it was called, why, Smithville, of course.

Southport has been the scene of several movies, most recently “Safe Haven”.

We were told that the Old Smithville Burying Grounds were featured in several of the movies, and it was reported that the cemetery would be in a Stephen King movie.

We walked around a bit, and I snapped quite a few photos, which will not be all transcribed for you.  I keep promising to transcribe all the documents, headstones, and historical markers on this here blog, and yet.  I. Do. Not. Do. It.  Time, it waits for no blogger.

But here are the snaps anyway…

Benjamin Smith's memorial.

Benjamin Smith’s memorial.

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Now photos of the resting slab taken in segments.

Now photos of the resting slab taken in segments.

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Here’s Robert Howe.  I don’t know who he is right now, since he doesn’t fit into Sugar’s family that I know of, but his memorial is inside the fenced enclosure, so here he is.

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Some snowdrops had popped up to say hello.

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The shot above is taken outside the fence near the sign.

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I can see why this cemetery is used in the movies.  It’s very picturesque with many old-fashioned markers, and with the right lighting and mood music, it would be very scary.

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Now, leaving Southport, and on to Georgetown!

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