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Athens in Limestone County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Old Town Cemetery

 
 
Old Town Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, August 4, 2009
1. Old Town Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  This is the earliest known cemetery in the town of Athens, and the final resting place for many of its first citizens. The earliest burials date from the 1820’s and continue through the mid-1800’s, with an occasional burial past 1900. Through the markers are now sunken below ground, others have been destroyed or removed.

Trustees for the town purchased this entire block in 1827 for ten dollars from Robert Beaty and John Carriel. It was originally designated school property and a school did occupy another part of the property for some years.
 
Erected 1984 by Limestone County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesEducationSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
 
Location. 34° 48.137′ N, 86° 57.987′ W. Marker is in Athens, Alabama, in Limestone County. Marker is on East Washington Street west of East Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Athens AL 35611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Athens Big Spring Memorial Park (about 300 feet away,
Old Town Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, August 4, 2009
2. Old Town Cemetery
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measured in a direct line); Athens, Alabama (about 500 feet away); Trinity School Cistern (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Circle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Faces of Market Street (approx. ¼ mile away); Washington Street (approx. ¼ mile away); East Side of Square (approx. ¼ mile away); Athens College Veteran's Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
 
Old City Cemetery 1818 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, August 4, 2009
3. Old City Cemetery 1818 Marker
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Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, January 28, 2014
4. Old Town Cemetery Marker
looking northwest from Washington Street across the cemetery.
Old Town Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, January 28, 2014
5. Old Town Cemetery Marker
Looking northeast from Washington Street toward the East Street intersection
Old Town Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
circa September 31/2015
6. Old Town Cemetery Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 1,494 times since then and 69 times this year. Last updated on January 30, 2014, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 25, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   4, 5. submitted on January 30, 2014, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   6. submitted on September 9, 2015. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 25, 2022