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Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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The Old Broad River Cemetery, also called Old Field Cemetery, is the first abandoned public cemetery adopted by Buncombe County under new legislation. It calls up memories of how people used to revere ancestors and have family gatherings in graveyards; and sheds light upon the kind of clearance and forgetting that is marking modern history. Our world is so expanded, the gaps increase. We are getting and begetting and forgetting.


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Buncombe adopts an abandoned cemetery, and the dead are heard

Revered patriarchs and matriarchs lay with unfortunate babes and unidentified souls in a one hundred yard hump of land that comprises the Old Broad River cemetery in southeast Buncombe County. In the wake of state legislation that preserves grave sites, county commissioners have made the place its first adopted abandoned public cemetery.

As development, neglect, and vandalism rage like a storm in the 21st century, 1770s pioneer John Ownbey and several dozen others huddle like passengers on a ship in what has come to survive as a public cemetery. They now may receive new protection.

In 1938, Thomas Ledbetter had deeded the graveyard, which had sat on property he’d bought years before, to Mitchell Ownbey, Ben Ownbey (Mitchell’s nephew), and Losier Warren, acting as trustees, “for the purpose of a burying place only and it shall be a public burying ground.”

When the last surviving trustee, Ben, passed away, there was no legal entity or individual to serve as caretaker, though family members live nearby and visit. A home built at the base of the cemetery removed the public access. The current private homeowner is welcoming.

Lorraine Wheeler, Ben’s daughter, has done extensive family history research, and is concerned about protecting the trees and shrubs that prevent erosion. She’d like to see gravestones lifted, grass planted, and stones repositioned, but is afraid that the stones might break.

On January 6, county-appointed cemetery committee members became the trustees of the Old Broad River Cemetery, also called the Old Field Cemetery by locals. They represent a resurrection of public interest in ancestors.

Ruth Dilling, abandoned cemetery trustee, reported to the county that she “found more than 75 named markers on graves…(and) at least that many or more graves marked only with field stones” in the Old Broad River cemetery. Regulations stipulate the creation of a public trust fund for cemetery care.

To some, the unnamed dead cry loudest. When the Tennessee Valley Authority had proceeded with plans to build the Tellico Dam, it hadn’t been only protectors of the snail darter who had protested. The Eastern Band of Cherokee made an outcry, for the dam’s lake would inundate the Overhill Cherokees’ sacred burial ground.

Ultimately, the University of Tennessee went in, opened graves, and recovered a portion of the remains. The reclamation became a controversial subject. The TVA contributed money and land toward the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum. “A short distance from the museum, near the lake's edge,” Wilma Dykeman wrote in the New York Times in 1987, “stands a newly made burial mound that contains the bones of 191 Cherokee dug up during the dam's construction.”

Author Gary Carden of Sylva wonders about “the nameless dead who were buried on the hill behind the old Jackson County Home for the Aged.” Recently, a dowser went up there and found forty unmarked graves. It has given folks pause, as they remember having forgotten.

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Rob, alas this computer will not let me see the video or pick up sound -- it has been witched. But the story -- which I wish could be much longer -- needs to be told and re-told. I am surprised and a little dismayed that the descendants of people buried there have not kicked up a rusty -- or at least banded together (those who are speaking!) to do more for the site -- AND -- demand access. It seems to me like, in North Carolina, people visiting a cemetery must be permitted access. Down here in the third world, across the mountain, this has only come up within the past few years, and some mild resolution made. Back in the 1990s, three of us locals -- all kin, of course -- were in court almost three years opposing a developer who aimed to close the road to a church and cemetery and keep everybody out except those who bought his lots. (This is the same sweetheart whom the state of N.C, invited out of DuPont Forest.) Well, he ultimately got the road closed -- of course. But -- he had to give access to ANYONE who came to his gate and said they wanted to go to the church or cemetery, any hour of the day or night. This was kind of a landmark, in SC.
It appears to me that whoever built that house in the road to Broad River Cemetery is on precarious grounds -- but of course it will take lawyers to make some remedy. We ALL have freedoms -- we just have to have the money to pay for our rights.
Dot
Very interesting. Dot. You highlight the fact that cemetery access has become a much bigger issue than many people realize. The people around Fontana who have to take a boat to visit ancestral graves would not be surprised, however. I revised the article to note that the current homeowner at the base of the Old Broad River cemetery is welcoming. That doesn't change the main point. It's the builder who removed the access. And a welcoming attitude is not part of the deed.

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