The Watkinsville Cemetery has walled graves, slab markers, a box tomb, an obelisk, a cast-iron grave cover, Masonic headstones and military markers beginning with the War of 1812. 

Members of the Rev. John Andrew Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution have spent years researching the history of these graves, culminating in a ribbon cutting last Thursday of a large, standing map under glass. 

To locate a grave, visitors should search for surname, first name and grave number in the alphabetical index. The map is available for viewing at the Oconee County Library. 

Speaking about the Watkinsville DAR chapter, Mayor Brain Brodrick said, “You guys do a great job of making sure we remember our history and that we keep our history alive for everyone.”  

In 2010, the Rev. John Andrew Chapter, NSDAR received a grant to identify graves in the unmarked rear portion of the cemetery. A ground penetrating radar search identified 96 unmarked graves presumed to be the pauper section of the graveyard. 

In 2017, the Oconee County Historical Society paid respects to those graves with a special marker. Over the past couple years, Watkinsville Administrative CoordinatorAngela Farr catalogued and fact checked information for the map. 

“This was a real partnership between the Reverend John Andrew chapter and the City,” said Regent Katherine Rhodes. 

Organizing Regent Dana McCoy Anderson also received special recognition. A plaque of the marker reads, “With her love of history, outstanding research skills and passion for preserving local genealogy, this project was accomplished by members of the Rev. John Andrew Chapter, NSDAR.” 

Rhodes said that the main tenets of the DAR are historic preservation, education and patriotism and the new map and sign cover all of those principles.

For more on this story, see the Nov. 18 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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