An afternoon with my nieces

After a full day of activity Saturday—I visited a friend I hadn’t seen in over thirty years—my nieces Savanna, Ceilene and I piled into the Jeep and headed to Indian Springs State Park, the oldest state park in the country. It was a beautiful afternoon so the park was packed with visitors when we arrived. Fortunately, one of my two favorite tables was available so we soaked up some sun at the water’s edge while Savanna snapped a few photographs. A short time later, we abandoned our table for a stroll through the park. Spotting a boulder in the lake a few feet from the shore, they waded through the water and posed for pictures.

As we headed to the spring to fill our cups, I remembered the cemetery I discovered several months ago and made a U-turn. I expected their reluctance to explore but was surprised when they seemed as excited as I was about it. We spoke briefly with the couple already there then began our own exploration.

We couldn’t find the name of the cemetery posted anywhere, but the Butts County Genealogical Society (BCGS) refers to it as Indian Springs Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. A total of 129 graves are in this cemetery, and most of the interments occurred in the mid to late 1800s. The cemetery has suffered the ravages of time and neglect, but I have since learned that members of  the Friends of Indian Springs State Park and the BCGS have teamed up to take care of the historic site. But because General William T. Sherman’s troops burned the courthouse in 1864, it’s difficult, they say, to locate former landowners and descendents of those buried in the cemetery.

I don’t know that I have a familial connection to this particular cemetery, but I do have one to the events that occurred at Indian Springs in 1825. It is sad to think, though, that the descendants of those buried in this cemetery are either unaware of its existence, or are no longer around to care for it. But that, I suppose, is life.


5 comments on “An afternoon with my nieces

  1. elroyjones says:

    Relaxing photography, very calming.


  2. Crystal R. says:

    Beautiful pictures!!! I do have a familial bond to this cemetery. My great-great grandparents are buried there, along with other family members. My g-g grandmother was half Creek Indian and was born in Indian Springs. Her mom (full blooded Creek) is possibly buried there as well. I was heart-broken when I saw the state in which its currently in. I was the one that started contacting all of the necessary people to get the ball rolling on this project. I will help with the clean-up as much as they will let me. There was a church called Primitive Baptist Church across the road from the cemetery and it was believed to have been started by my grandfather when he came home from the war. It will take a few yrs to get it back to a somewhat decent state, but it will happen. I’ll make sure of it!!!


    • Judy660 says:

      Thanks so much, Crystal, for updating me on the cemetery’s restoration. I was saddened to see the state it was in as well and am happy to know that it still has family members who care.


  3. Lydia Bess says:

    Reblogged this on My Cross-Country Road Trip & Beyond and commented:

    As my nieces embark upon another leg of their adventure today, I’m reminded of the afternoon I spent adventuring with them in Indian Springs State Park. We’d been to that park many times before, but we found something new to explore that day.


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