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Photojournalism: Cemetery on Historic Augusta’s Endangered Properties List

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The Morris Cemetery, also known as the Monte Sano Cemetery, is located in a residential section of Augusta at 1901 Wrightsboro Rd.

On Nov. 3, Historic Augusta named it to its Endangered Properties List. The abandoned cemetery is overgrown and in need of repair. City records do not pinpoint an owner of the property.

Erick Montgomery with Historic Augusta said at the Nov. 3 press conference that he’d be interested in finding a civic group to help with its upkeep.

Over the years, vandalism and neglect has taken its toll on the cemetery. Many notable Augusta families are buried in the cemetery and headstones date back nearly 200 years.

Photos were taken on Saturday, Nov. 6.

An overgrown landscape by a brick wall in need of repair. An iron gate falling at the hinges. Photo by Mike Adams.

Plants overtake a crumbling brick wall and vines grow over a headstone. Photo by Mike Adams.

Vines grow on one of the cemetery’s many headstones, some of which date back as many as 200 years. Photo by Mike Adams.

Words fade from one of Morris Cemetery’s headstones. Photo by Mike Adams.

A row of abandoned headstones amidst unkempt landscape . Photo by Mike Adams.

Grave markers fall into sunken ground. Photo by Mike Adams.

Two of the endangered property’s headstones. Photo by Mike Adams.

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  1. THIS CEMETERY COULD VERY WELL BE HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT. I BELIEVE IT HAS SOME CONNECTION WITH “COLLEGE HILL” THAT WAS THE HILL HOME OF GEORGE WALTON WHO DIED IN THAT HOME. THE CEMETERY IS A VERY SHORT DISTANCE FROM COLLEGE HILL, A MERE TWO BLOCKS AND AN EASY WALK. IT NEEDS TO RECEIVE A HISTORICAL GRANT TO CLEAN UP AND DOCUMENT THE STONES AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

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