|Magnolia Cemetery gate|
|Sign located at entrance|
The scenery is beautiful with winding roads and the immaculate landscape, making it easy for visitors to walk around and enjoy the sites.
|Gibbes Mausoleum (1888)|
The cemetery has a grand oak tree located right in front of the office. The people working there call the tree "Grandfather Oak," and it just won the non-profit award by the Charleston Horticultural Society last month. It is a great place to grab some shade on a sunny afternoon.
|Pinckney Cross (circa 1915)|
|Vanderhorst Mausoleum (circa 1856)|
|Courtenay Family Monument, |
Markers and Tablets (1891)
The cemetery was ran by a company until they went bankrupt in 1954, but now it is a non-profit trust that is ran by the Beverly Donald, the superintendent. I recently sat down with her and asked her some questions about the cemetery.
|Patrick Harwood and Beverly|
Donald at the cemetery
|432 Crypt Chapel Mausoleum|
The Crypt Chapel Mausoleum is located at the entrance of the cemetery and is beautifully built.
|E. J. McCarthy and Sons sign|
Richard Crites is the owner of E.J. McCarthy and Sons, and has done work on about 1000 monuments in the cemetery. Crites brother married into the McCarthy family and when he decided to retire, Crites bought him out.
"I've been out there for about 19 years. It's not exactly what I thought I'd be doing, but I've come to love it very much," Crites said.
There are many people that contribute to the conservation of this historic landscape, so it is rewarding for them when people are able to go out and enjoy the place they call a second home. If you haven't been out to see this beautiful cemetery, make an effort to do so. You won't be disappointed.
Magnolia Cemetery is located at 70 Cunnington Ave. in Charleston, S.C. The gates are open daily from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
For more information about the cemetery check out the website, www.magnoliacemetery.net. And for more on Beverly Donald, Patrick Harwood, or Richard Crites, you can click on their names for additional information.
Story on the "Grandfather Oak"
Interview with Beverly Donald
Magnolia Cemetery Timeline of Biggest Monuments
Magnolia Cemetery Video Montage
Additional side stories
*Patrick Harwood: Man Behind the Camera
*Patrick Harwoods Book Signing at Magnolia Cemetery