Cemeteries are outdoor history museums, artistic sites, archives, and scenic landscapes. Too many are also neglected or abandoned. Richland County Conservation Commission recognizes the importance of identifying, researching, and preserving the burial grounds that connect us to family and community heritage. RCCC has funded several phases of monument restoration at Randolph Cemetery in Columbia as well as research and mapping of the Goodwyn and Reese cemeteries in Lower Richland.
To develop a comprehensive list of cemeteries in the county for descendants, researchers, developers and planners, RCCC awarded a FY13 grant to Chicora Foundation. Their first objective was to combine various lists, eliminate duplicates, and determine tax parcel information for every cemetery. Identifying additional cemeteries through research and outreach to the public was the second objective. The result was a list of 463 cemeteries with associated tax map parcels and 92 unidentified cemeteries which is available below.
RCCC has funded Chicora for phase 2 of the survey to visit all the known cemeteries to document location and condition, identify those cemeteries not located in phase 1, and continue soliciting cemetery locations. The final report is due May 30, 2014. Information from the survey will be incorporated into Richland County’s web-based GIS.
Chicora Foundation Cemetery Survey Phase 1
Chicora Cemetery Survey Form
Provisional Location of Cemeteries, Graves, and Burial Grounds in Richland County, SC
Identification of Graves and Mapping of the Goodwyn Cemetery, Richland Co., SC
Preservation Assessment and Mapping of the Reese Family Burying Ground, Richland County, SC
Long Time Gone: Fort Jackson’s Disinterred Cemeteries
Randolph Cemetery, Columbia, SC, Phase III Conservation Report
Phase IV Monument Restoration Randolph Cemetery, Columbia, SC