Tuesday, October 2, 2:00–5:30
Fees: APT Conference registrants–$75 PTN IPTW registrants–$125 Includes: snack, transportation, materials
Transportation: Tour bus, departing from Francis Marion Hotel
Dress Code: Casual with sturdy walking shoes
Handicapped Accessibility: Limited
Continuing Education: Yes
Charleston is known as the “Holy City,” famous for its many churches and synagogues resulting from early religious toleration in the Carolina colony. The graveyards of these houses of worship showcase a wonderful variety of markers and materials whose shifting iconography reflects the demographic and social changes in Charleston from the late 17th-20th centuries. A major social shift concerning death and burial occurred in the mid-19th century in Charleston and elsewhere, as urban cemeteries became overcrowded and more and more American families moved their mourning and burial traditions from the church graveyard to the newly emerging park-like rural cemetery. On December 31, 1849, Magnolia Cemetery was established along the picturesque banks of the Cooper River just outside the city limits. This field session will include an illustrated talk, followed by visits to several of Charleston’s urban graveyards as well as Magnolia Cemetery. We will explore the history and development of these two types of burial grounds in Charleston. We will also examine the physical components of each and discuss the conservation challenges associated with these sites.