“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Thorsby in Chilton County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Scandinavian Cemetery

Scandinavian Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 25, 2014
1. Scandinavian Cemetery Marker
Inscription. In 1896 Swedish settlers organized the Concordia Methodist Church and acquired this land for the Concordia Cemetery, later known as the Lutheran Cemetery. This is the former site of Strassburg School. In the 1980s it became known as the Scandinavian Cemetery since most of those laid to rest here were Lutherans, not only of Swedish descent, but of Norwegian, Danish and Finnish. They were primarily from the upper mid-western United States and desired a better climate and living conditions to work in and raise their families. They cleared the land, built homes, planted orchards and vineyards, established businesses, schools and churches. They developed a thriving town where they enjoyed social gatherings, band concerts, festive celebrations, and built life-long friendships. This marker was placed here in 2010 by descendants of the Scandinavians laid to rest here and the Thorsby Historical Preservation Committee to remember these people who founded the Town of Thorsby.

Listed in the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register.
Erected 2010 by the Thorsby Historical Preservation Committee.
Location. 32° 54.43′ N, 86° 42.888′ W. Marker is in Thorsby, Alabama, in Chilton County. Marker is on Alabama Avenue
Scandinavian Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 25, 2014
2. Scandinavian Cemetery
0.1 miles north of County Road 74. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 560 Alabama Avenue, Thorsby AL 35171, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thorsby Remembers Our Veterans (approx. half a mile away); Thorsby: A Scandinavian Colony in the South (approx. 0.7 miles away); City of Clanton (approx. 6.8 miles away); Walnut Creek United Methodist Church (approx. 7.7 miles away); Chilton County Training School 1924-1969 (approx. 8 miles away); Maplesville United Methodist Church (approx. 12.2 miles away); James Daniel Hardy (approx. 13.9 miles away); Town of Wilton (approx. 15.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thorsby.
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
Scandinavian Cemetery (aka Concordia Cemetery) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 25, 2014
3. Scandinavian Cemetery (aka Concordia Cemetery)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 25, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 504 times since then and 45 times this year. Last updated on May 15, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 25, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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