ANDERSON DAILY PHOTO

November 23, 2008

Nearest the Old Building

Filed under: Churches, Schools, & Nonprofits — lessie @ 5:16 am

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New Prospect Baptist Church, just off Centerville Road. I’m standing near the back of the cemetery, facing the older wooden building. To the left, of course, is the newer brick edifice. See the barren part in the center of the picture? It’s surrounded by fairly closely placed graves on the left and right. I’m slow on the uptake. It took walking from the far right of the cemetery (which has a road as a boundary) past the “barren” ground into the newer graves to realize. That bare ground holds a host of graves, pre-1900. The oldest graves I found in the cemetery are on the edge of this grassy area. I didn’t look terribly hard, but the oldest I could find is an individual who died in 1875. (Not old for Europe, but blinkingly old for my part of the world.) I imagine this grassy spot had no markers for its graves, or its graves gradually lost markers through the years. I’d love to read some history on the church and cemetery.

It’s definitely a “Bolt” cemetery. I wouldn’t have noticed maybe how many Bolts are buried there if I hadn’t somewhat recently met a Bolt in Greenville, who surprised me by hailing from Anderson. Yep. I asked next time I saw her. And, yep. Her family still attends New Prospect.

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1 Comment »

  1. I hope you find a book about their history — should make for some very interesting reading especially since it’s so close to home.

    I love the wide open sky in this photo!

    Comment by Hilda — November 23, 2008 @ 10:40 am


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