Monday, November 18, 2013

CHRISTMAS WREATHS




         We would remind those of you who use our Christmas Wreath service to please try and have your order in by December 6, 2013. If you are not familiar with our wreath program we will make and place a live wreath with a finished diameter of approximately 25 inches. This includes a red bow and some live embellishments for $25. Those of you who have prepaid for the year will not have to reorder for Christmas 2013 but should renew for the 2014 holidays. Flowers can be place on your loved ones grave on Birthdays, Mother’s and Father’s Day, Easter and Christmas. Please contact the office for details or email magnoliacemetery@aol.com.

Monday, November 11, 2013

RECEIVING TOMB UPDATE


            In 2011 the Preservation Society of Charleston voted to include Magnolia Cemetery's Receiving Tomb in its “Seven to Save” project. “Seven to Save” is a project to raise interest and financial assistance for historical structures threatened by extinctions.
            We are excited that the first phase has been completed. This involved stabilization to stop settlement of the structure. This was accomplished with the installation of micro-piles and concrete foundation with stainless steel rods. Also, tie rods were installed just below the barrel-vaulted roof. In order to stabilize the mausoleum, some areas of masonry rebuilding, crack repair and grouting was required. Full restoration of the masonry, stucco, or architectural elements was not included in this phase.
          On behalf of the Trustees and Staff of Magnolia Cemetery Trust we applaud everyone who was involved with this phase of the project: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Bennett Preservation Engineers PC and the Family of the Late Ted Ashton Phillips for a job well done.
A special thanks to the Preservation Society of Charleston and its many volunteers. Without your hard work and dedication this project would not have been possible. We here at Magnolia Cemetery Trust are grateful and look forward to working with you in the future.  
 
 

Friday, November 1, 2013

New Magnolia Cemetery Book Receives CofC Support

I am pleased to share the news that the new book I am currently writing about Magnolia Cemetery is receiving financial support from the College of Charleston's School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Special thanks goes to the school's dean, Dr. Jerold L. Hale, for approving my application for special funding to assist faculty involved in research initiatives.
 
As I work to soon complete the manuscript of "In the Arms of Angels: The History, Mystery and Artistry of Magnolia Cemetery," these funds, nearly $700, will help in the steps toward publication. I am optimistic the new book will be out early next year.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

“Tour De Graves Magnolia Cemetery: Part Deux” A Successful event




The Historic Charleston’s “Tour De Graves Magnolia Cemetery: Part Deux” was a successful achievement. Those attending enjoyed listening to stories by interpreters as seen in the pictures above and below. All the interpreters did a splendid job of relating the history behind those buried in the various lots included on the tour. The weather was absolutely beautiful, cool and crisp. Well done everyone.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

THE 22nd ANNUAL GHOST WALK WAS A GREAT SUCCESS


The 22nd Annual Confederate Ghost Walk was a great success. The exceptional teamwork performed by everyone involved did not go unnoticed. I applaud the cemetery staff and volunteers for a job well done. What would I do without you?

 Accolades go out to the re-enactors for their continued dedication to this annual event. Those attending the event offered many words of praise when exiting.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

"TOUR DE GRAVES MAGNOLIA CEMETERY: PART DEUX"

Once again Magnolia Cemetery will offer its treasured resources for the site of the “TOUR DE GRAVES MAGNOLIA CEMETERY: PART DEUX”. The event is coordinated by The Historic Charleston Foundation and will be held October 25, 2013.   for more information

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Cemetery Reveals Links to Sesquicentennial History


The 22nd Annual Confederate Ghost Walk to be held October 11-12, 2013.  
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.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Old Glory Returns to Magnolia Cemetery



After several months I am excited to see Old Glory and her partner the South Carolina Flag gracing the entrance to the cemetery once again! The old flag pole rusted at the base and had to be replaced. So proudly she waves because of your donations! Thanks!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Magnolia's Receiving Tomb Gets Help From the “Seven to Save” Project


In 2011 The Preservation Society of Charleston voted to include the Receiving Tomb located at Magnolia Cemetery on its “Seven to Save” project. “ Seven to Save” is a program to raise interest and financial assistance  for historical structures  threatened by extinctions.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Magnolia's Most Monumental: Witte Tiffany Angel

I have passed by this one-of-a-kind Magnolia Cemetery monument many times over the years and was never quite sure about the image on it. American Indian? Egyptian pharaoh? Christian angel?
 
The plot thickened when I really started to look into this mysterious memorial. Enter one of America’s most famous and accomplished artists and designers: Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933).

Friday, July 5, 2013

Cemetery Holds Gettysburg Memorial

In recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War's epic Battle of Gettysburg, Magnolia Cemetery held a special memorial service on July 1.
The event's purpose was to recognize and honor the sacrifices of tens of thousands of soldiers, North and South, who fought, died and were wounded during the pivotal three day battle 150 years ago. Buried at Magnolia Cemetery are 82 South Carolinians who were killed or mortally wounded at Gettysburg. In 1871 Charleston's Ladies Memorial Association, lead by Mary Amarinthia Yates Snowden, traveled to Gettysburg, disinterred the S.C. soldiers from shallow graves on the battlefied, and had them brought home. At this memorial service, their headstones were adorned with black ribbons (seen below behind the reenactors).

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Cemetery to Mark Gettysburg Anniversary Monday, July 1

News Release/Media Coverage is Invited: 
Gettysburg- the Civil War's biggest, bloodiest and most significant battle- will mark its 150th anniversary on July 1-3. Charleston's Magnolia Cemetery, which has one of the South's largest Confederate burial grounds, will mark the occasion with ceremonies on Monday, July 1 at 10:30 a.m. to honor both the Southern and Northern soldiers who lost their lives in the epic battle.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Early Morning Glory

A Magnolia flower is just days from blooming near the front lagoon and bridge. The cemetery offers many reflective and serene settings and scenes for those seeking quiet contemplation.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Wood Storks Are Back!

Many different types of birds, large and small, visit the ponds and grounds of Magnolia Cemetery. In recent weeks, Wood Storks have been seen more and more frequently. In this photograph, two storks are perched on branches over the front lagoon. That's the Rhett obelisk monument in the background.