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Orange Beach in Baldwin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Orange Beach Community Cemetery

“Bear Point Cemetery”

 

—Baldwin County —

 
Orange Beach Community Cemetery Marker, front image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, February 6, 2014
1. Orange Beach Community Cemetery Marker, front
Inscription.
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The property where the cemetery is located was part of a Spanish Land Grant issued to the Suarez family prior to the War of 1812. In 1925, a United States Land Patent was confirmed and issued. The property has been in use since the days of Spanish West Florida and perhaps even before this time. The cemetery was previously known as Bear Point Cemetery because of the bears that inhabited this end of the island. The property changed ownership man times until the Low and McKibbon families donated it to the Orange Beach Volunteer Fire Department (OBVFD) in 1979. The OBVFD currently owns the approximately one-quarter acre community cemetery and their Board of Directors operates it under strict guidelines.
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There are many unmarked and early graves in the cemetery. Stories have been passed down of those buried here including an entire unnamed family that died of fever and also of two unknown sailors found in a shipwreck on the beach. This cemetery does indeed hold notable community leaders including Civil War soldiers and other military veterans, the first area operator of the U.S. Mail Boat service, the first Postmistress of Caswell (an early community now part of Orange Beach), early
Orange Beach Community Cemetery Marker, back image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, February 6, 2014
2. Orange Beach Community Cemetery Marker, back
boat builders and boat captains including the Walker fleet (noted co-founders of the Orange Beach Charter Fishing Fleet). Also buried here is one of the early career Fire Department Captains. The OBVFD performed a ground penetrating radar survey to confirm grave locations and occupancy. The OBVFD Board additionally passed a resolution regulating the cemetery. These regulations and guidelines are recorded in Baldwin County Probate Court.
 
Erected 2011 by Orange Beach Volunteer Fire Department Board.
 
Location. 30° 18.127′ N, 87° 31.427′ W. Marker is in Orange Beach, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker is at the intersection of Canal Road (Alabama Route 180) and Pensacola Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Canal Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orange Beach AL 36561, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Josephine (approx. 1.9 miles away); Orange Beach, Alabama (approx. 3.2 miles away); Daphne United Methodist Church (approx. 4.7 miles away); Gulf Shores Community (approx. 10.6 miles away); City of Foley (approx. 11.9 miles away); City of Foley Camellia Walk (approx. 12 miles away); Cobb's Light (approx. 12 miles away).
 
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Orange Beach Community Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, February 6, 2014
3. Orange Beach Community Cemetery Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 6, 2014, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 528 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 6, 2014, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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