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313    UNKNOWN [L00.1]

      Location - Center Township. On Lower Haw River Natural Area land along Haw River, east side, west of SR 1714, Sugar Lake Road.

      Coordinates: 35d 44m 57.6s N; 79d 07m 16.1s W Click here for Google maps

      In 1999 Sarah Goddin and Scott Bryan reported an abandoned cemetery on what was then Duke University property adjoining their land. They noted about fifteen gravesites with unmarked stones. Goddin and Bryan revisited the site, which is now part of the Lower Haw River State Natural Area, on 5 Mar 2011 and found additional burials. There are three distinct groups of graves, separated by 20-30'. The first group has 16 graves, the second ten, and the third eight.

      Owner: State of North Carolina.
      Legal Description: Parcel 74679. Deed 1076/109; plat 2003-138. Previously, deed 320-403, 28 Dec 1966, Tract Twentieth, Duke University.
      Topo Quadrant: Merry Oaks.
      Family owned: No.
      Abandoned: Yes.
      Number of graves: 34
      Cemetery size: 100' x 100'.
      Restricted access: No, but difficult to access
      Overgrown and not easy to identify: Yes.
      Enclosed: No.
      Markers: Yes.
      Markers with inscriptions: Yes.
      Number of readable markers: 1.
      Miscellaneous information: One fieldstone marker has barely legible scratching that says "A.B. 1855."
      Last canvassed by: Will Heiser, Sarah Goddin, Scott Bryan. Date: 27 Mar 1999; Sarah Goddin and Scott Bryan, 5 Mar 2011.

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