The wooden resting markers of old Brunswick County

When they couldn’t afford or find stone, they got wood.

At the Riley Hewett Cemetery off rural Turkey Trap Road in the Cedar Grove area of Brunswick County.

On assignment today I visited a few Brunswick County cemeteries and grabbed shots of some of the wooden markers listed as “threatened” by the Historic Wilmington Foundation. Without words they’ve marked burial sites since the early 20th century or before.

I couldn’t post the best of the photos as they’re reserved for publication, but for an idea…

Another at the Riley Hewett site, this one with a jutting ‘bedknob’ head. Grave markers were often shaped to resemble headboards, according to the county’s research. The work suggests Gullah/Geechee origins.

The wooden markers at Camp Branch Baptist Church Cemetery off Green Swamp Road are less ornate but all-the-same intriguing.

Back at the Riley Hewett. These things look alien.


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