Being the cemetery lover that I am it saddened me to make a stop by the Old Cemetery on Lake Drive in Ripley and see the poor, tragic state that it is in. The day I stopped by there was a light rain and a mist in the air and it was quite gloomy. When I looked around the cemetery I saw the graves of some of Lauderdale County’s very first citizens. The Old Cemetery was reserved for Whites, but nevertheless it is still an important part of the history of Lauderdale County. Victorian era cemeteries were places where people went to spend time with the dead. It was not unusual to see people having picnics in cemeteries during this time. At one point of time I suspect that this cemetery was beautiful, but now it is practically in ruins and looks as if it has been vandalized. Out of all the cemeteries I have visited in Lauderdale County this one appears to be in the worst shape. I would love to see this cemetery and its headstones restored.

Full view
Full view
Partially buried headstone
Partially buried headstone
Hiram Partee
Hiram Partee
Broken and moved headstones
Broken and moved headstones
Narcissa Partee Marley
Narcissa Partee Marley
Isaac Steele
Isaac Steele
Fallen headstone
Fallen headstone
Headstones
Headstones

– Tiffany

– Source: Photos my own