Respect for the dead…

One afternoon recently (6/29/2017) on the way home from work traffic was pretty heavy due to an accident just before the Great Pee Dee River bridge so I opted to take an alternate route…SC34.  I sometimes go this way just to get away from the boring I-95 drive.  I like the area’s 2 lane road through the woods and swampy area around the Great Pee Dee along with the plantations and farms on S. Charleston Rd.

Also along this route is the site of  Mount Pleasant Baptist Church/Lowther’s Hill Cemetery(also known as Montrose…see this article for the background on it if you’re unfamiliar with it… http://www.scnow.com/news/local/article_28305d00-22e4-11e2-b09e-0019bb30f31a.html .)

With the ‘ghost story’ lure I, like most teenagers in the area, went there when in high school late at night with a group of friends.  We got out and hung out there for a bit but didn’t see or experience anything and then left.  My son made the same trip some time in the past year or so.  I’ve always had a great reverence for cemeteries since they are the final resting place of those who have passed before us.  I especially hate seeing when they are desecrated.  I’ve stopped here on the way home before maybe a year ago and found the place littered with trash, beer cans, liquor bottles, etc.  At the time I didn’t have anything to collect trash.

On the way home I told my son about this and how it pissed me off that people were such assholes.  How people had in fact not only littered but also all the headstones were pretty much gone(knocked over and broken into pieces.)  In place of the headstones is a large granite boulder that has the names of the people buried there engraved on it.  Some jerk had even spray painted this stone and a tree standing beside it.  (I did find that the Darlington County Historical Commission has moved what was left of the headstones behind the Historical Commission building in Darlington to preserve them so that they aren’t taken and or dumped elsewhere…article is found here… http://www.scnow.com/news/local/article_b139293a-5c27-11e6-bb49-1f9ec2aff8c8.html and another here… https://dchcblog.net/2016/03/16/the-desecration-of-lowthers-hill-cemetery-aks-montrose/ .)

We arrived and surveyed the area.  I grabbed a large bag I had in the truck and we commenced our impromptu cleanup effort.  It wasn’t long before we had gotten up the majority of the litter from the cemetery itself and the surrounding wooded area.  I’m hoping to make more of a planned trip maybe one weekend where I can carry tools and a trailer to actually clean up(rake, trim trees, etc.) and haul everything off.  We do this at one of our family burial plots and the surrounding gravesites in another cemetery which I won’t name as the site is supposed to be perpetual care but about the only thing that gets done is the grass gets mowed and that’s it.  I don’t personally know anyone buried in Lowther’s Hill Cemetary but feel the need to do what I can to clean it up.  Maybe if visitor’s see it’s being taken care of they will treat it with a bit more respect(or at least one would hope.)

Wooden posts-old foot path entrance I assume. This now leads to a clearing and a pit adjacent to the cemetery.
Graffiti on tree
Trash, trash, trash!
Entrance/exit road

Historical marker at the entrance road to Lowther’s Hill Cemetary.

Historical marker just south of Lowther’s Hill Cemetary

Below are photos from a previous visit 8/8/2016

That’s it for now…thanks for stopping by!

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