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Prospecting For Gold

November 16, 2014  •  1 Comment
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Prospecting For Gold
 
Painted in dark shadows...autumn gold hung high, the morning sun ignites fall colors surrounding the ramshackle remains of Prospect Methodist Church in Warren County, NC. (2014)

Photographer's Notes - The abandoned Prospect Methodist Church is a favorite seasonal photo opportunity of mine. Once eclipsed by dark shadows of surrounding oaks and pines, recent logging activity has clear cut the back of the property allowing more ambient light to reach the weathered church. A prominent headstone belonging to a small family cemetery of founding members can be seen off to the right of the photograph. One headstone in particular belongs to CSA soldier William Drew Jones. His replacement marker is unique in that at the bottom of the stone it is inscribed " actual grave located 1 mile west" William Drew Jone's original homestead which is the location referenced on his replacement headstone is nothing more than a heavily wooded property with the solitary ruins of a pancaked barn. With great location references, I was able to help surviving family members locate the obscure location of his actual final resting place that was last seen over 25 years ago. After a quarter of a century of nature's relentless reclamation, I was fortunate to find the graves of William Drew Jones as well as his two wives under weathered shallow mounds of field stone back in the densely forested rural Warren County, NC countryside as stated on his headstone just 1 mile to the west of this little abandoned church.
 
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Comments

1.Karen Lindell
That was a wonderful thing to take the time in locating his family. I'm sure they were very appreciative. It's surprising what we sometimes happen to stumble upon while satisfying our own enjoyment. You have a wonderful talent and I am so pleased you are willing to share with others.
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