|Self Cemetery Road|
Postal Code: 71429
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
The Self Cemetery is located in Sabine Parish behind Hodges Gardens State Park which is on US Hwy. 171 between Many, Louisiana, and Leesville, Louisiana, and about three miles north of Hornbeck. In order to reach the cemetery, it is necessary to pick up a key at the entrance of Hodges Gardens and drive through the grounds to a back gate. The Hodges Gardens employees are extremely helpful and will provide a security guard to direct a person to the correct back gate if needed. After going through the grounds and out the gate, keep to the right and go to the end of the lane. The Cemetery is located in a clearing of trees and surrounded by a fence.
This is an old family cemetery, established by the David Washington Self and Frank Dawson Self families. The two men mentioned were brothers, who settled in between Florien and Plainview Community sometime before 1846. The location is near the banks of Mill Creek, a tributary of Toro Creek, or Bayou, as it was formerly called. David Washington Self served as a police juror, Sabine Parish Tax Assessor, Sabine Parish Sheriff, Sabine Superintendent of Schools, and as State Representative from Sabine Parish. He was also the Captain, later Major of the Sabine Rebels, a volunteer infantry company from Sabine Parish during the War Between The States.
Frank Dawson Self was also a member of this unit, and served as a lieutenant, being among the Louisiana unit who were captured and paroled at the fall of Vicksburg in 1863.