As you are now, so once was I: The Historic Cemetery Landscape of the North Carolina Coast

October 18, 2022

North Carolina's coast has some of the oldest historic cemeteries in the state. From death's heads to grave houses to Gullah Geechee influences, this region has a multitude of unique and special funerary traditions visitors can explore. Unfortunately, these landscapes face their own challenges as well.

Join Melissa Timo, Historic Cemetery Specialist for the NC Office of State Archaeology, as she discusses cemetery traditions along the North Carolina coast from the 18th through early 20th centuries. Also, learn how the NC Office of State Archaeology is documenting and preserving these cemeteries in the face of adverse effects from climate change, sea level rise, and development.