Mondays and Fridays, for my job, I drive down to Lancaster, SC to take care of one of our small businesses. I drive through quite a bit of empty countryside on my way there, and on Saturday I went down on my own time and took my camera with me in hopes of working the nerve up to take some pics of some abandoned houses that I pass along the way.
I made a pit stop at this one:
Unfortunately the house next door had this:
And they were barking incessantly. If you look closely you can see the garage door open on that house and, needless to say, paranoia got the best of me and I hopped back in my car and left. (There are better abandoned houses on that road anyway, and hopefully I will post an exploration of one of them sooner or later.)
So back on the road, I decided I’d stop off for a quick check of Landsford Canal State Park. I’ve driven by the sign for three years now but never investigated.
I never made it to the park because about a mile down the side-road I came across this coolio, spookifying place.
I searched the web quite a bit and there’s really not a whole lot of information about the place. Evidentally it is also known as Mount Zion Cemetery.
Let me tell you something about Landsford, SC; there’s pretty much, for all useful intents and purposes, not a Landsford, SC. Or rather, there was back when this cemetery was in use, but now it is just a name for a few old neighborhoods with not even a convenience store. In fact, even though I’ve driven through Landsford 2 times a week for three years, I never even realized the fields were a township until I started researching this cemetery.
One website actually referred to it as a ghost town, although, from what I gather there are no real ruins to check out (except those houses that I referred to earlier.)
So as not to totally diss Landsford, it should be stated that William R Davie, the Governor of North Carolina in 1798 and 1799 and also the founder of the University of North Carolina retired in Landsford at his estate called Tivoli. (Wish I could find that place.)
But back to the cemetery. It is mainly pre-civil war burials, and some civil war era burials. Very old. One website I visited has the earliest burial in 1777 and the latest in 1913.
Either way, it is overgrown, to the point that it truly does look like a mass of graves in the woods. Following are some more photographs of the cemetery and its surroundings.
This field was across the street to give you an idea of the sheer loneliness on this back road.
This photo shows the field in the background.
A broken tree amidst the graves.
Died Dec 23, 1813
Hear what the voice from heaven proclaims
For all the pious dead
Sweet is the saviour of their name
And soft their sleeping bed
The? die is Jesus and are blessed
How kind their slumber are
From sufferings and from sin released
and freed from every ????
Died June 24, 1854.
Elizabeth M Fadden
Death’s feeble arm shall never boall??
A friend of Christ is lain
Nor o’er her meaner part in dull
a llaiing??? power relain???
Finally, the most interesting stone in the place was this one.
Here’s a link to a large version if you’d like a closer look.
Is it me or, with all due respect, does that carving sort of resemble Predator. One of the websites I visited says this is possibly the oldest in the cemetery, claiming that the bottom of the stone has the year 1776, although I just don’t see a year anywhere on the thing.
If you have any comments about this stone, feel free to leave them. It really is unlike any other stone in this cemetery.
As I left I took a picture of the buzzards up in the sky.
For more coolio, spooky stuff I totally recommend Graveyard Addiction which I stumbled upon while trying to research the Predator gravestone.
Or if you totally just aren’t into the graveyard thing watch this “sweded” Predator trailer.