Saturday, March 15, 2008

February Meeting and March Ramble

February 12, 2008

The February meeting of Guale was at the St. Marys Library and our guest speaker was Valerie Goddard, author of the book series, "Get off the Intersate!".

She gave a very interesting and informative talk about the historical markers located in counties all along the East coast. So far there are three books in her series, with many more planned.

After the meeting Valerie stayed to autograph copies of her books.

March 15, 2008

We met at the Bryan-Lang Library in Woodbine this morning to start our March Ramble to the cemeteries in North Camden County.

First stop was Hull Cemetery at Rural Felicity on Dover Bluff Rd.
Mr. Vern Copeland met us at the cemetery to give us some background on Rural Felicity, and the Hardee, Ellis, and Hull families.

Then we moved on to Ella Park Church Cemetery, also right on Dover Bluff Rd., where many of Mr. Copeland's ancestors are buried. We had a short look around the well-kept cemetery, then moved on to an unplanned stop at the recently re-discovered Bice Cemetery, just off Dover Bluff Rd. in the woods.

There are only two marked graves at Bice Cemetery, but clearly discernible indentations around those two graves suggestive of more graves.

Our group of 15 then made a pit stop at the convenience store at the Dover Bluff / I-95 interchange before moving on to Timmons-Moody Cemetery located in the newly developing Berrie Bluffs subdivision on Highway 17 at the 31 mile-marker.

There are only 6 gravesites in this small cemetery. The family is doing a great job of making sure nothing happens to this small piece of their history.
For more information on Berrie Bluffs and the Berrie Family, visit Berrie Bluffs, Our Story,.

Next stop; Berrie & Copeland Cemetery on Hwy. 17 at the 28 mile-marker. This cemetery is now also inside a planned developement, River Place.
Fortunately, we were able to access the cemetery by a gate directly off Hwy. 17.

After deciphering some of the harder to read stones and making comparisons with the list of "supposed to be there" people, we all decided to call it a day.

It was a great ramble, with a lot of great information shared.

For photos of today's ramble please visit the Guale photo album.

That's all for now, so until next time!

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