Friday, September 26, 2008

Quiet Amidst the Din

I stumbled across the cemetery behind the Greensboro Historical Museum several years ago when it was in much disrepair. It was and remains my favorite place in downtown Greensboro. There are some very interesting old trees in the cemetery including, as if meant to make this SC boy happy, a long leaf pine, a short leaf pine, an American holly, an even two palmetto trees!

As many know the building that was first used by First Presbyterian Church in the early 1800's was later used as a hospital for confederate wounded. There are many stories floating in the air in that special place.

It has recently been upgraded or repaired, including the planting of many beautiful flowers and ground covers. It is a lovely place, a "secret garden," complete with brick wall.

From the Museum's web site:

The earliest sections of the museum building were first home to the First Presbyterian Church, and the church still owns and maintains a historic cemetery that is part of the museum site. The first burials were in 1831 and the last was in 1926. Here lie some of the major figures of early Greensboro and the state of North Carolina, including former Governor John Motley Morehead. Here too lie veterans of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War. In recent years volunteers have added many unusual plants to the cemetery grounds. A listing of grave plots and plants is available for museum visitors.

More pictures of Old Presbyterian Cemetery and Downtown Greensboro.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Those red flowers are called Spider Lillies. Bill Craft planted a bunch of those in the cemetery. There are some white ones in there also.