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Plantation Cemetery At Betton Hills

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
1. Plantation Cemetery At Betton Hills Marker
Inscription. The site is all that remains of a much larger cemetery for African Americans dating from the pre-Civil War era through the 1940s. It was the main burial ground for black slaves and servants from the Betton Plantation as well as other surrounding plantations. The plantation system grew in North Florida as cotton plantations to the north depleted their soil from overuse. Prominent early plantations in this region included Goodwood, Waverly, and Live Oak. Turbett Betton was a prominent Tallahassee merchant who purchased roughly 1,200 acres from the Lafayette estate, lying between Thomasville and Centerville Roads. Shortly after Betton’s death in 1863, the land was purchased by Guy Winthrop. The emancipation of the slaves ruined the cotton industry and many planters turned their land into quail hunting plantations. In 1945, the Winthrop family began subdividing the property for a new housing community called Betton Hills. Henry Watson, buried at the back of the lot with his wife, was one of Winthrop’s servants. However, most of the burials were marked with a simple wooden cross or flowers, and so no longer remain. Evidence of a burial site is marked by elongated depressions in the earth covered with altered vegetation.
A Florida Heritage Site

 
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Plantation Cemetery At Betton Hills (Only a few graves stones visible) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
2. Plantation Cemetery At Betton Hills (Only a few graves stones visible)
the Betton Hills Neighborhood Association, Riley House Heritage Museum and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-410.)
 
Location. 30° 27.954′ N, 84° 15.975′ W. Marker is in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. Marker is on Betton Road 0.1 miles east of Thomasville Road (Florida Route 61), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Betton Road, Tallahassee FL 32308, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Woman's Club of Tallahassee (approx. ¾ mile away); Goodwood Mansion (approx. ¾ mile away); Goodwood (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lafayette Township Grant (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Lafayette Township Grant (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Tallahassee Democrat (approx. 1.4 miles away); Leon High School (approx. 1.5 miles away); Saint Clement's Chapel ~ Church of The Advent (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tallahassee.
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Plantation Cemetery Graves image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
3. Plantation Cemetery Graves
Plantation Cemetery grave image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
4. Plantation Cemetery grave
Looking towards Thomasville Road to the west. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
5. Looking towards Thomasville Road to the west.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 231 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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