Bethania Strangers Graveyard

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Bethania Strangers Graveyard

Also known as Bethania Parish Graveyard

Bethania-Tobaccoville Road
Bethania, Forsyth County, North Carolina, USA
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This graveyard is on Bethania-Tobaccoville Road, on the grounds of Long Creek Golf Club, between the pool/pool house and the road. Some have suggested that it could extend into the woods beside the grassy area. There are no visible stones.

According to “God’s Fields, Landscape, Religion, and Race in Moravian Wachovia,” by Leland Ferguson: In 1958, a developer petitioned the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners for permission to remove five gravestones, dating from 1800 to 1824, from an “abandoned burying ground” near the old Bethania mill site. The commissioners approved the removal, and “today the old Bethania Strangers Graveyard lies beneath the grass of a golf course.”

The names on the five stones are unknown at this time, and their disposition and present location are unknown.

Burials in this graveyard were between 1800 and 1824. The Bethania Committee had agreed not to allow the burial of outsiders (non-Moravians) in their God’s Acre, except in exceptional cases, as they had a “burial place near the mill.” The outsiders, or non-Moravians, were referred to as Strangers; hence the name Strangers Graveyard.

This cemetery was documented by the WPA Cemetery Project in the 1930's. Their description:

Bethania Parish Graveyard "by the mill."

On the sand-clay road which is an extension of the main street of Bethania, Forsyth County, N.C. about three miles from Bethania, on land belonging to Miss Kate Jones, across the road from her house. These stones were read several years ago, at which time they were covered with three inches of leaf mold. As the stones lie flat they are probably covered again. When the leaf mold was removed most of the stones were found in good condition.


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GPS Coordinates: 36.1922020, -80.3352210

  • Added: 28 Feb 2015
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2570853