Courtland in Lawrence County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
One of Alabama's oldest and most picturesque town cemeteries, this site was set aside as a burying ground by the Courtland Land Company in its original survey made prior to the incorporation of the town in 1819. Many of the area's earliest settlers and prominent leaders are buried here, including three Revolutionary War veterans. There are a number of unmarked graves of Confederate soldiers. Three Union soldiers were interred here following an 1863 skirmish at the nearby railroad trestle. Their graves were later enclosed behind a rock wall erected by the townspeople. (Over)
Older gravemarkers found in this cemetery represent a variety of styles and types common in the 1800s and early 1900s. They include simple upright stone slabs as well as "table" and "box" tombs, tall granite obelisks and Victorian-era statuary. Some family plots are enclosed with ornamental cast-iron fences. Older graves lie mostly in the southern part of the cemetery. After the Civil War, an African-American burial ground was established just east of the main cemetery. Oldest graves in this section date from the early 1900s.
Erected 1994 by the Courtland Historical Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1819.
Location. 34° 40.263′ N, 87° 18.395′ W. Marker is in Courtland, Alabama, in Lawrence County. Marker is on Van Buren Street 0.1 miles north of Jefferson Street. Marker is at the entrance to Courtland Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Courtland AL 35618, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McMahon House (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Courtland Presbyterian Church (approx. ¼ mile away); The Town of Courtland / Early Settlers (approx. 0.4 miles away); The African ~ American Experience (approx. 0.4 miles away); Courtland's Early Architecture (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Roads / One of the South's First Railroads 1832 (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Red Rovers / Red Rovers Roster (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Cotton Kingdom (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Courtland.
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Some online map services and GPS units show Van Buren Street and Church Avenue intersecting at
— Submitted January 15, 2014, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2014, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 767 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on June 12, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 15, 2014, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. 5, 6. submitted on August 29, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. 7, 8, 9. submitted on September 12, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.