Holly Springs: Lumpkin Family Cemetery (1840)

The Lumpkin Family Cemetery is located near the site of the old plantation Athenia.

It is the burial place for many members of the Lumpkin family, who arrived in Marshall County around 1837 and founded many of the great plantations around the county.

The earliest tombstone dates to 1840, and belongs to William Lumpkin, the family patriarch.  An amazing set of ornamental cast iron fence posts, which are over 175 years old, remain at the cemetery, along with two ancient cedar trees.  The rest of the cemetery is in poor condition, and needs some cleaning and restoration.

The architectural drawing is by the late Hugh H. Rather, Jr., who was a local historian and architect, and his family still retains the copyright.

Thanks to Bobby Mitchell for accompanying me on this trip, and Barry Thomas for granting access to the site.

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