Carrollton, Georgia City Cemetery
In the western central part of Georgia near the Alabama state line, this historic cemetery dates back to the 1700s and has intricate monuments.
If you find yourself in or near Carrollton, Georgia, consider taking a peaceful walking tour of the Carrollton City Cemetery. This old cemetery is located on what used to be considered the outskirts of town and is the final resting place of many of Georgia’s most prominent and intriguing citizens. Carrollton, Georgia is the home to West Georgia State University, one of Georgia’s largest public universities.
History of City Cemetery in Carrollton
The cemetery is located across two hilltops and provides a stately oasis within the historic heart of town. Elaborate markers memorialize the final chapters in some of Carroll County’s best stories. Some stories are well-known and others are lesser-known, but all played a part in the history and shaping of the area. Many of the gravestones in the older sections of the cemetery reach back to the 1700s.
Symbols and Markers in the Carrollton City Cemetery
Visitors to cemeteries often find that they bring up memories of those lost. Even when you did not know a person, it is easy to imagine what that person’s life may have been like from the markers and headstones at the graves. There is always a variety of different emblems and types of stones and monuments, and these can help us weave a history of that individual. The Carrollton City Cemetery has all sorts of grave markers.
Some common symbols are found in this cemetery and other old cemeteries around the state of Georgia. For example, an angel symbolizes a messenger of God or a deeply spiritual person. A column represents a noble life and ivy represents friendship. Crossed swords indicate a life that was lost in battle while a shamrock will indicate an individual of Irish descent.
Historic Park Street Section of the Carrollton, Georgia City Cemetery
This section of the city cemetery can be found on the north side of Alabama Street next to Moore’s Chapel United Methodist Church. This is the oldest section of the Carrollton City Cemetery, where some of the oldest graves can be found. It contains the settlers and pioneers of the region. The headstones here are less elaborate than the ones for later dates because people were more conservative in that time period.
There are several notables in the Park Street Cemetery. The first is the gravesite of Georgia Price. Hers is easily recognized by the beautiful angel statuary that adorns her monument. She was the first freed slave to operate a business in Carrollton, running a restaurant and hotel on Depot Street from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. She died in 1917, and her former customers pooled money in order to purchase the remarkable headstone that now marks her grave.
Colonel William E. Curtis is another notable who was captured at the battle of Vicksburg, imprisoned and then released. He then was wounded at Mill Creek Gap and died a month later. He is the highest-ranking Confederate soldier laid to rest in the cemetery. While all the other graves are aligned east to west, Curtis was buried facing north to guard against the oncoming Union Troops.
Magnolia Section of the Carrollton, Georgia Cemetery
On the south side of Alabama Street is the main entrance to the Carrollton City Cemetery. This is a five-acre section and was purchased in 1880. It has been named after the tall magnolia trees that now adorn and shade the cemetery. Prominent citizens are buried in this cemetery and represent a large number of former movers and shakers in business, politics, and civic leaders.
One of the most notables lies under a slim, flat headstone. Judge Samuel Boykin presided over countless cases throughout his long career. The most famous was the John Wallace murder trial in 1948. This trial focused on John Wallace, a wealthy landowner in Meriwether County, Georgia. He was accused of murdering a sharecropper tenant named Wilson Turner who attempted bootlegging work without Wallace’s permission. The trial received wide coverage throughout rural Georgia and this was unusual for he was one of the richest men in Georgia. It was the first case in Georgia where a white man was issued the death penalty on the testimony of two black men. Known as “Murder in Coweta County,” the case became a book by Margaret Anne Barnes and then a movie in 1983 starring Andy Griffith and Johnny Cash.
Other Sections of the Carrollton Cemetery
There is also an Alabama Street Cemetery and a Pearl Street Cemetery. The Pearl Street section is the final resting place of Nettie Talmadge Tyus, the sister of Governor Eugene Talmadge and major benefactor to West Georgia College. Also interred at Pearl Street are C.M. Tanner, a Carroll County philanthropist and John Tanner, Sr., his son, who created the John Tanner State Park.
Plan Your Visit to the Cemetery
This walking tour is designed for daylight hours and although there are probably those who tour it after sunset, it would not be advised.
There are more historic opportunities in Carrollton, including the historic Adamson Square in downtown Carrollton. In the square, you will find Horton’s Books and Gifts, which is the oldest bookstore in Georgia and where purchases are still rung up on the original cash register. It is the tenth-oldest running bookstore in the United States.
For more information and walking tour brochures you can visit or contact the Carrollton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-292-0871.