Magnolia Cemetery (Charleston, South Carolina)

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Magnolia Cemetery
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Nearest city Charleston, South Carolina
Coordinates 32°49′6″N79°56′32″W / 32.81833°N 79.94222°W / 32.81833; -79.94222 Coordinates: 32°49′6″N79°56′32″W / 32.81833°N 79.94222°W / 32.81833; -79.94222
Area92 acres (37 ha)
Architect Edward C. Jones
NRHP reference No. 78002502 [1]
Added to NRHPMarch 24, 1978

Magnolia Cemetery is a historic rural cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina. [2] [3] The first board for the cemetery was assembled in 1849 with Edward C. Jones as the architect. [4] It was dedicated in 1850; Charles Fraser delivered the dedication address. [5] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District in 1978. [1]


The location of the cemetery had previously been a plantation known as Magnolia Umbra, the house of which was described as a newly built house with five rooms in 1820. [6] The cemetery was constructed during 1850, on plans laid out by Edward C. Jones, and included a Gothic chapel also designed by Jones which no longer exists. [7] The chapel, which was located near the central lake, remained under construction until early 1851. [8] Both the chapel and the porter's lodge sustained very heavy damage during the cemetery's occupation by federal forces during the Civil War. [9] [10] The porter's lodge at the entrance was demolished in 1868, but the chapel continued to be used until at least 1876. [11] [12]

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  1. 1 2 "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. McNulty, Kappy; Nenie Dixon; Elias B. Bull (August 23, 1976). "Magnolia Cemetery" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places – Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  3. "Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston County (off U.S. Hwy. 52, Charleston vicinity)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  4. . Charleston, South Carolina: Charleston Courier. January 1, 1850. p. 2.{{cite news}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. Alfred L. Brophy, "These Great and Beautiful Republics of the Dead": Public Constitutionalism and the Antebellum Cemetery
  6. City Gazette. Charleston, South Carolina. April 12, 1820. p. 1.{{cite news}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. "Magnolia Cemetery". Charleston Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. July 20, 1850. p. 2.
  8. "The Magnolia Cemetery". Charleston Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. January 18, 1851. p. 2.
  9. "A Visit to Magnolia". Daily News. Charleston, South Carolina. November 12, 1866. p. 2.
  10. Jacob N. Cardozo (1866). Reminiscences of Charleston. J. Walker.
  11. "The City of the Dead". News and Courier. May 9, 1876. p. 4.
  12. Mazyck, Arthur (1875). Guide to Charleston illustrated. Being a sketch of the history of Charleston, S. C. with some account of its present condition, with numerous engravings. Charleston, South Carolina: Walker, Evans & Cogswell. p. 118.
  13. "John D. Newcomer Found Dead at 64". Charleston News & Courier. December 31, 1931. p. 1. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
  14. CWGC Cemetery Report, details obtained from Casualty Record.

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