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Learn about historic Six Mile Cemetery on May 5

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by Melody Craig/special to Carolina Gateway

Old cemeteries hold a particular fascination for historians and genealogists. Wandering through them commands a certain reverence and respect for the long-forgotten souls who rest in peace next to marble headstones memorializing their time on this earth.
Fieldstones mark the graves of long ago, and the final resting places of the poor and indigent are often not marked at all.
On Sunday, May 5, the Lancaster County Historical Commission will host Jerry Marcus and Dorothy Pennachio, who will give a presentation about the historic Six Mile Cemetery.
Located on Henry Harris Road in Indian Land, it is one of the oldest cemeteries in the county, dating back to the 1790s. A number of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 patriots are buried there.
Through the efforts of local volunteers, this old burial ground has been cleared of massive overgrowth and preserved for present and future generations to walk through and explore its hallowed grounds.
Research is ongoing to identify and mark graves, and a historical marker was recently approved by the S.C. Department of Archives and History.
The presentation will begin at 3 p.m. on the second floor of the Historic Lancaster Courthouse and Museum, 100 N. Main St. in downtown Lancaster.
Refreshments will be served afterward by the Lancaster County Historical Commission.