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07 February 2009

Gunn Family Cemetery One Year Later: Now Next to a Strip Mall

In February 2008, I posted about the destruction at Gunn Family Cemetery in Centerville, Houston County, Georgia. At one time, this cemetery was in the woods. Time (progress?) eventually brought it out into the open, and the land surrounding it was stripped. You can ready the original post here --> Destruction at Gunn Family Cemetery.

I pass by this cemetery often enough, and I have been keeping my eye on it for the past year. So far, a strip mall has been built right next to the little cemetery. A short wall was built around the raised land of the cemetery, and there are KEEP OUT signs posted around it. The stones are still in bad shape.

I went by today and took some photos. I did not climb up to see for sure, but it looks like all the broken markers that were strewn around are gone.

There is a real estate sign in front of this would-be shopping plaza, so I wonder if there are even any renters of the spaces.

I'm thankful the cemetery wasn't moved or bulldozed over, but I don't think there are going to be many buyers with it looking the way it does. Who knows. I might be wrong.

I do believe this strip mall is only the beginning. There is too much open land behind it for it to stand alone for very long.

Below is the original video I took last year and included with the original post. Below that are some photos I took today. Also, transcriptions and photos of the stones I could read are posted on the Southern Graves site here --> Gunn Family Cemetery. The new photos included here are not on the cemetery page, but they will eventually be posted there as well.






Thanks goes to the GraveMappers blog! The post, That's a Strange Place for a Cemetery, reminded me about our little Gunn graveyard.

5 comments:

JoLyn said...

Doesn't this little cemetery make you sad? Hopefully someone can get permission to do some restoration work - you'd think if it became a quaint little place instead of an eyesore, it would be good business for the developer! Thanks for watching over it - is there any chance they would allow you in to get transcriptions and map the graves?

S. Lincecum said...

I transcribed what I could find, piece together, and read last year. That information is here on the Southern Graves site. Never thought about mapping it. Might give it a shot!

Dustan Gunn said...

Quite frankly, I'm very disturbed and highly steamed. I'm a decendant of Daniel Gunn. He is my 4x great grandfather. I CANT BELIEVE THIS HAS HAPPENED, this is all kinds of wrong. Please tell me the grave site is still there, and that I havnt discovered this too late? Please contact me by email at xatugr@yahoo.com if you have any newer information regaurding this gravesite.

Stephanie Lincecum said...

The gravesite is still there. I usually drive by from time to time and always look over to make sure. Haven't been by in a while, though, so I'll make a point to check up on it. If I notice anything new, I'll email you.

Dustan Gunn said...

Thank You Stephanie,
I have been in contact with several departments from the city and state. The city is currently looking into several things for me. Hopefully I will hear back from them soon.

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