Current and Recent Funerals 2019

Friday, August 16, 2019

TOURING FOR RESTORATION



I want to share an amazing story with you. When I first came to work at Magnolia Cemetery thirty-seven years ago many achievement goals were already set in place. If only you could have seen what we were facing. I thought how can we make a turnaround like this possible.

Year after year the kindness of lot owners and friends of Magnolia have helped us with their generous donations in making many of those goals a reality.  

We are approaching four years of trying to raise funds to repair the termite damage to the plantation house. You have helped us generate well over half the amount it will take to accomplish these repairs.

I am happy to announce that with your help we have closed a contract with Meadors Inc. to complete these repairs. Although there is a large amount still need to totally cover the cost of the repairs the work is already in progress.

We have recently granted exclusive permission to Bulldog Tours, Inc. to operate nightly tours in Magnolia Cemetery. These tours are strictly walking tours and last about 90 minutes each. Bulldog Tours will be generating a portion of their proceeds to help financially repair the Plantation House.

If you want to help the Magnolia Cemetery Trust repair the Plantation House, which houses the administrative offices for the cemetery, you now have another way to contribute. To purchase tickets please CLICK HERE: https://bulldogtours.com/spirits-of-magnolia-tour/ .




Tuesday, May 7, 2019

THE 28 ANNUAL CONFEDERATE GHOST WALK

          

      The 28th Annual Confederate Ghost Walk to be held                   October 11 & 12, 2019.  

      Once again the night will come alive with the        history of the past presented by re-enactors in
     period attire revealing a day in the life of some       of those buried at Magnolia Cemetery. 
                               

  You will be guided by candlelight thru the resting     place of those who lived and died during those hard   times 150 years ago. All scenarios are historically     researched for accuracy.



       Things you need to know:

·       Tours leave every 30 minutes beginning at 7:00 p.m. the last tour leaving at 9:30 p.m. Each tour last for approximately 1 ½ hours.

·       Tickets must be purchased in advance for a specified tour. All tickets are $TBA each.

·       No flashlights, cameras or video equipment allowed.

·       Tours are not recommended for children under 12 years of age.
   Magnolia Cemetery is located at 70 Cunnington      Avenue, Charleston, S. C.
   The event will go on RAIN OR SHINE. 

    Watch for the tickets to go on sale at below site:

            TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK                                 HERE www.csatrust.net   
                 and go to the home page.

Friday, August 10, 2018

THE 27TH ANNUAL CONFEDERATE GHOST WALK

                            

  The 27th Annual Confederate Ghost Walk to be held                   October 12 & 13, 2018.  

  Once again the night will come alive with the         history of the past presented by re-enactors in         period attire revealing a day in the life of some of     those buried at Magnolia Cemetery.


  You will be guided by candlelight thru the resting     place of those who lived and died during those hard   times 150 years ago. All scenarios are historically     researched for accuracy.


       Things you need to know:

·       Tours leave every 30 minutes beginning at 7:00 p.m. the last tour leaving at 9:30 p.m. Each tour last for approximately 1 ½ hours.

·       Tickets must be purchased in advance for a specified tour. All tickets are $20.00 each.

·       No flashlights, cameras or video equipment allowed.

·       Tours are not recommended for children under 12 years of age.
   Magnolia Cemetery is located at 70 Cunnington      Avenue, Charleston, S. C.
   The event will go on RAIN OR SHINE. 

            TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK                                 HERE www.csatrust.net   
                 and go to the home page.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD HOUSE NEEDS YOUR HELP


Pictured above the Federal style house constructed between 1798 and 1805 by Colonel William Cunnington, owner of Magnolia Umbra Plantation. The completely restored house, after hurricane Hugo, functions as the administrative offices of Magnolia Cemetery Trust. At the present this house has major termite damage. I have inserted Mr. McDowell's last newsletter in which he explains the necessary repairs to insure the soundness of the structure and the cost involved. Without these repairs the structure will deteriorate beyond repair. To be apart of this effort and make a tax-deductible donation please make checks payable to:
                   Magnolia Cemetery Trust 
                   P. O. Box 22873
                   Charleston, SC 29413

Dear Friends of Magnolia:

           It is very hard to believe that it has been three years since our last communication. The holiday season is upon us once again!

The cemetery is an irreplaceable part of our city, state and national cultural heritage, but much of the historic landscape, buildings and artistic grave markers are endangered as a result of serious neglect. Although Magnolia Cemetery has been a perpetual care cemetery since 1954 and perpetual care has been mandatory since 1974, even today many lots remain without perpetual care. Grave markers are private property, and owners are accountable for the repairs and maintenance.
Some family members have faithfully overseen the upkeep of their loved ones' graves for many years. However, as families have moved away and descendants have passed on, a number of graves have been neglected. A great deal of professional and volunteer conservation work has been performed on damaged headstones, but every year additional grave markers are affected by problems associated with age, ground settling, and inclement weather.
As I reflect on the substantial damage received by Magnolia Cemetery resulting from hurricane Matthew the unexpected cost of the clean up it is obvious that the annual operating budget has suffer. We still have quite a way to go but we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. We hope and pray that all our readers in the areas hit by Matthew made it out okay.
In past years, we have been able to use the accrued interest from our portfolio to supplement the operating fund paying for most daily expenses. As you know, interest rates are very low and prices continue to rise.
Most recently, we purchased several new weed-eaters, lawn mowers and made much need repairs to our riding lawn mower. We replaced all deteriorated wood and painted the entire walk bridge. During the October 2015 flood we had the extra expense of repairing our breached flood gate. The Gate was repaired and the threaded valve stem was replaced.  All of these expenses were included in the general maintenance and upkeep of the cemetery. However, the massive tree removal, resulting from hurricane Matthew, totaled over $15,000 made quite a debt to our reserve fund.
We are now faced with the financial burden of making extensive repairs to the Plantation house which functions as our office. This buildings along with the architectural value of the landscape by Edward C. Jones are the elements that qualifies the cemetery to be on the National Register of Historic Places. Being on the NRHP allows us to apply for certain grants. So you see how important it is to maintain these structures.
 We have completed a very thorough interior and exterior assessment. The assessment in itself was expensive, $20,000 plus.
The project is set up in three phases:
Site Mobilization……………………………………$ 24,037.86
Immediate Priority………………………………….$  89,561.05
Short Term………………………………………….$  88,116.89
Long Term………………………………………….$    1,981.85
Total Project………………………………………..$ 203,697.65
If the project is not completed in one continuous stage the site mobilization would be applied each time the set up phase is repeated.
  The cemetery has come a long way, because of friends like you, but there is still much work to be done. Your tax-deductible contribution will help us to preserve this cultural treasure by providing funds to help pay for much-needed conservation work on the buildings, road and pathways as well as provide necessary tools, equipment and other improvements to this National Landmark.
Yours very truly,
G. Simms McDowell, III 
Chairman                                                  

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

THE 28TH ANNUAL CONFEDERATE GHOST WALK

                            

  The 28th Annual Confederate Ghost Walk to be held                   October 11 & 12, 2019.  

  Once again the night will come alive with the         history of the past presented by re-enactors in         period attire revealing a day in the life of some of     those buried at Magnolia Cemetery.



  You will be guided by candlelight thru the resting     place of those who lived and died during those hard   times 150 years ago. All scenarios are historically     researched for accuracy.



       Things you need to know:

·       Tours leave every 30 minutes beginning at 7:00 p.m. the last tour leaving at 9:30 p.m. Each tour last for approximately 1 ½ hours.

·       Tickets must be purchased in advance for a specified tour. All tickets are $TBA each.

·       No flashlights, cameras or video equipment allowed.

·       Tours are not recommended for children under 12 years of age.
   Magnolia Cemetery is located at 70 Cunnington      Avenue, Charleston, S. C.
   The event will go on RAIN OR SHINE. 

            TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK                                 HERE www.csatrust.net   
                 and go to the home page.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

GHOST WALK RESCHEDULED




Due to circumstances beyond our control the Ghost Walk to be held October 9th and 10th has been rescheduled for November 13th and 14th. We are sorry for the inconvenience and hope everyone will be able to adjust your schedules accordingly.

For more detailed information please click here or call (843) 571-3371.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

C OF C STUDENTS GO "BEYOND THE GRAVE"





Magnolia Cemetery was excited to have The Collage of  Charleston's class "Beyond the Grave; What Old Cemeteries Tell and Teach the Living" visit with their professor Patrick Harwood September 21, 2015. 

For more information about this class and what it is teaching the students click here.