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Picturing The Past: Davidson River Is One Of County's Oldest Cemeteries


July 31, 2017

The Davidson River Cemetery in Pisgah Forest is among the oldest cemeteries in Transylvania County. It is just over 2.3 acres and contains approximately 600 graves.

The oldest marked tombstone reads, "Thomas Patton b. 1726, d. Mar 29, 1808."

Many early settlers and county leaders are buried there. Family names include Cagle, Clayton, Deaver, Davidson, English, Gash, Hamilton, Lyday, Mackey, Neill, Orr, Patton, Poor, Young and many more.

In 1914 Glade Creek Baptist Church paid $100 for about 0.16 acres on the northeast corner of the cemetery for a place to bury African-American memb...

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