Lost – High Rock Church and Cemetery Montgomery County, Virginia

7 Jul

As you know I am currently spending my summer traveling and doing research on rural African American neighborhoods. While speaking with a professor at Virginia Tech I was told the story of the High Rock Church. The High Rock Church is located in a small town named Pilot in Montgomery County, Virginia. Of all the cemeteries I have visited this has got to be one of the worst. From what I know the church was founded by freed men and women who also established a cemetery on the grounds. Today, the wilderness has taken over the cemetery leaving our brothers and sisters buried under weeds, grass, and even fallen trees. Here are a few pictures of the High Rock Church and cemetery. May they never be forgotten. 

High Rock Cemetery

High Rock Cemetery

 

High Rock Cemetery - the high rock after which the church and cemetery took their name

High Rock Cemetery – the high rock after which the church and cemetery took their name

 

High Rock Cemetery - Lost headstone

High Rock Cemetery – Lost headstone

 

High Rock Cemetery - Headstones lost among the woods

High Rock Cemetery – Headstones lost among the woods

 

High Rock Cemetery - Jane and Harriet Howard

High Rock Cemetery – Jane and Harriet Howard

 

High Rock Church

High Rock Church

Headstone lost among the woods

Headstone lost among the woods

 

High Rock Cemetery - Buried headstones

High Rock Cemetery – Buried headstones

 

High Rock Cemetery - John Howard Age 115 years

High Rock Cemetery – John Howard Age 115 years

 

High Rock Cemetery

High Rock Cemetery

 

Know of any other forgotten, lost, abandoned cemeteries? Please let me know. I am interested in documenting all of them that I can find.

 

– Tiffany

– Source: Photo Source: My own

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