Sunday, June 3, 2018

In Search of Dewberry, Georgia

Even though we’ve been living in Northwestern Georgia for nearly a year, we’re still discovering communities only a short distance from our house. Part of the reason for that is that almost nothing is laid-out in the familiar grid pattern. Roads follow the direction dictated by the ubiquitous hills and mountains that dominate the area. Straight, flat roads are rare. Curving, up-and-down roads are the norm. It’s fun to drive on these roads. They are often narrow with trees on both sides and little traffic. It was on one such road one recent day when we came across the Dewberry/Park City Community Cemetery.

Having been involved in genealogy for over 25 years, cemeteries draw my attention like a magnet. Except for the sign this cemetery looks to be forgotten. From the road, portions of a grave marker and cross can be seen in the thick brush. Such finds are a genealogist’s dream or nightmare depending on your point of view. The people buried here are forgotten, as if they never existed. Die-hard genealogists often will scour abandoned cemeteries, recording whatever information is available on grave markers and posting it to various internet sites.

My curiosity got the best of me. It was mid-day, hot and muggy, and the brush was shoulder high, comprised mostly of thorny raspberry bushes (note to myself – go back in about two weeks). I found two grave markers, both members of a Buchanan family. Surprisingly, the deaths occurred 1981 and 1992. I expected the graves to be much older. I was not able to reach the cross. I’m sure there are more graves but a machete would be needed to find them.

I stumbled upon this scene not far from one of the graves. The doll is laying near to what appears to be a backpack. I don’t know what to make of it.

About a mile further down the road we came upon the Dewberry & Park City Community Playground. It’s a decent little park maintained by the residents, who seem to be very adamant about what goes on in their park.

Since that day I have been trying to learn something about the history of Dewberry and Park City but so far have found little information. They may be just census designated places that don’t now or never did exist as physical communities. But then where did the names come from? I'm going to keep looking.

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