Columbia in Houston County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The Columbia Cemetery was started in the 1830s on land given by Rev. Edmund Talbot. It postdates the abandoned Omussee Creek Church Cemetery located a mile SW of here. A "public Meeting house," which served as the Columbia Baptist Church, was built on these grounds in 1834. Richard P. and Sarah McGriff gave an early land addition on the north end of the cemetery. In 1859, Nathaniel Ferris Oakley built a new Baptist Church, which remained on these grounds until 1885. In 1882, an extension to the north was made on land acquired from Henry C. and Elizabeth McGriff. Wiley Brooks built the "summer house" at the cemetery entrance in 1883. A perimeter wrought iron fence was erected in 1883 and has been extended over the years. In 1919, a land addition to the west was acquired from Nora Davis Campbell. In 1932, the Protestant Episcopal Church gave land to extend south to Church Street, In 1983, the family of Marion L. and Viola H. Oakley gave a land addition to extend the cemetery to the west.
Interred here are some of Columbias first settlers and many others who shaped the towns long and storied history. Many elaborate headstones adorn these grounds. The
Erected 2015 by the Friends of Columbia and the Historic Chattahoochee Commission.
Location. 31° 17.62′ N, 85° 6.868′ W. Marker is in Columbia, Alabama, in Houston County. Marker can be reached from West Church Street west of North Washington Street. Touch for map. Located within the cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 West Church Street, Columbia AL 36319, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles Columbia, Alabama (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Columbia Jail / Columbia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Columbia Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Columbia Methodist Episcopal Church, South (approx. 0.3 miles away); Purcell - Killingsworth House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Omussee Creek Mound and Mississippian Period Societies (approx. 1.2 miles away); Omussee Creek Mound and the Ancestors of the Creeks (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Chacato People (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 15, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 83 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 15, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.