Cemetery Restoration and Preservation

Located on Ames Plantation property are numerous cemeteries serving as the final resting places for many of the area's 19th century residents, both free and enslaved. Of all the historic sites found on Ames property cemeteries hold a position of special importance.

These monuments to those who helped to build this great land have suffered at the hands of time, both at Ames and throughout the region. Each year this country loses many of these cultural treasures and the valuable information that they contain to neglect, development, and the endless passage of time.

In order that the cemeteries of the Ames Plantation survive for future generations we are actively involved in a management program for the purpose of investigating, restoring, and preserving these important cultural resources.

When possible the locally recognized “traditional” name for each cemetery has been used, but when the cemetery is relatively unknown, no traditional name exists.  In these cases the following system has been used.  If the cemetery is a family plot, the surname of the principal family involved is used.  When there is more than one cemetery meeting this criteria, the designation of #1, #2, etc. is used with the cemetery containing the earliest burial given the designation of #1.  If no headstones are found and evidence points to the presence of a slave cemetery the surname of the plantation owner is used along with the designation of slave cemetery (i.e. Holcombe Plantation Slave Cemetery). If the cemetery does not conform to any of the aforementioned conditions the nearest “place name” is utilized. 

Visit each of the cemeteries by simply clicking on the index link under “Cemeteries” on the left of your screen.