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Old Stone Cemetery — Fort Lawn, South Carolina

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This burial site in Fort Lawn, adjacent to Landsford Canal State Park, contains grave markers dating to before the American Revolution. It also goes by the name of Mount Zion Cemetery, likely for a church whose members were interred here. When Revolutionary War hero and University of North Carolina founder General William Davie established his plantation, Tivoli, near this site in 1805, he used the established graveyard as a landmark when giving directions to his estate.

Old Stone Cemetery

Brady Brandwood of Lake Wylie, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Visible from the road leading to Landsford Canal State Park, the graveyard is bound by a wall of field stone. A sign warning against vandalism greets those who visit the sacred site. The Old Stone Cemetery is owned and maintained by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Stone Cemetery Chester County

Jim Dollar of Indian Land, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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Old Stone Cemetery

Don Hazelett of Charlotte, NC, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Old Stone Cemetery

Don Hazelett of Charlotte, NC, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Old Stone Cemetery

Don Hazelett of Charlotte, NC, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Old Stone Cemetery

Don Hazelett of Charlotte, NC, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Old Stone Cemetery

Don Hazelett of Charlotte, NC, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on the Old Stone Cemetery

Contributor Patrick Boland, who took the photo below, writes, “This picture shows an interior view of one of the cemetery paths. The site is in such disrepair. Interred here are heroes of the American Revolutionary War. Notable among them is Colonel Robert Patton.”

Old Stone Cemetery in Fort Lawn

Patrick Boland of Charlotte, North Carolina, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Importantly, he adds that this portion “of the Landsford Canal State Park grounds is not fenced nor protected in any way. Many – nearly all – of the remaining tombstones are in terrible condition. Many are broken while others littering the site without any manner of respect. It is owned by the State of South Carolina and managed by the the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Having responsibility for all the states parks for recreational use may account for the terrible state of this cemetery, one of very few historically significant cemeteries in the Upstate. On a visit to the site this past Wednesday, the cemetery was littered with beer cans.”

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Old Stone Cemetery Info

Address: Landsford Road, Fort Lawn, SC 29714
GPS Coordinates: 34.790639,-80.905137

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3 Comments about Old Stone Cemetery

Joe Garcia says:
September 19th, 2019 at 3:26 pm

Looking for gravestone of William Rivers.

Teresa Bortner says:
March 10th, 2019 at 6:23 pm

When I first came upon this old cemetery, I was amazed to see so many Dunlaps. My ancestor is Isabella Hauk Dunlap, who married Joseph Howe, both buried Bethel Pres. in Clover, S.C. Cemeteries like this make me so sad. Thanks for the pictures.

Gloria Kellerhals says:
January 6th, 2019 at 1:08 pm

What is the DNR position on the condition of the site?


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