Hickory Flat Cemetery, Canton, Georgia

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  • Cemetery name: Hickory Flat Cemetery aka Hickory Flat Historical Cemetery
  • Address: East Cherokee Road, Canton, Cherokee, Georgia
  • GPS Coordinates: 34.17437, -84.42118



Hickory Flat was one of the oldest settlements in Cherokee County probably in the late 1820s or early 1830s. The Hickory Flat Cemetery, located on East Cherokee Drive, was originally known as the Buring Ground. The land for the cemetery is thought to have been given by Major John McConnell, but no deed or record has been found. The oldest grave in the cemetery is from approximately 1850. The cemetery property passed from the McConnells to Worleys to Quarles heirs. In 1977, a perpetual trust was established for maintenance of the cemetery by relatives of those interred.

In 2011 the Cherokee County Historical Society awarded an Historical Preservation award to Hickory Flat Cemetery. The criteria for being chosen was being at least 50 years old and exhibiting outstanding success at preserving the entity.

Back of Hickory Flat Memorial Cemetery sign

Transcription of sign: This monument is dedicated to the memory of those buried in these sacred grounds many were Cherokee & other Native Americans who shared their land & knowledge with the European settlers as well as slaves who worked for land. No deed of record is known but referred to as the Buring Ground. This is the portion S(outh) of the driveway. The new section is identified by warranty deed executed 9-29-1915 by the Worley heirs to J.T. Moore, W.T. Carmichael & K.N. Simpson----Trustees & agents of the Methodist, Baptist & Presbyterian churches of H.F. A community cemetery in every sense of the word. This property passed from McConnell to Worley to Quarles family heirs and insures a documented & vivid ancestorial(sic) history.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *NOTE WORTHY HISTORY * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Early city pioneer Maj. John McConnell Jr & his son Eli bought several hundred contiguous acres around H.F. inc. cem from lucky 1832 gold lottery winners (40ac lots). The second school in city H.F. Academy was chartered in 1838. Trustees were: J.M. McConnell Jr, George Gunby, John B. Garrison, George Taylor & Thomas Johnson(a founder of Mt Zion Baptist Ch & grandson of T. Johnson 1st Bapt missionary to the Cherokee) Major J. McConnell Jr was a founder and served as a ruling elder of H.F. Presby Ch later Methodist were given an interest in the Ch and through marriages became related to Presby. Eventually the Methodist gained full possession. A city library now stands there. Major J. McConnell Jr had a long & eventful life. He lived in the Waxhaws of S.C.; and in at least 4 ctys in GA. As a child he passed through the Rev. War. As a man he lived thru War of 1812, the Indian War, war with Mex., lost a son & grandsons in the Civil War. He served as sheriff of Hall Cty & judge of Inferior CT. Cher Cty. His & Anna’s 81 or more grandchildren have yielded an untold number of descendants living today who are grateful for the life & legacy he gave them.”

“Special thanks to W. f. (Bill) Garrett, Rubin Wilson John R. Morgan State of GA Archaeologist”


The cemetery is located off East Cherokee Drive which is a busy road. The sign to identify it's location is difficult to see from the road. There is a one lane road that goes through the middle of the cemetery and comes back out onto East Cherokee Road. There is a small dirt space at the back of the cemetery where the road starts to turn that can accommodate one or two cars. There is no other parking. the road is poorly maintained. You can see on the Google Earth view, there is a Goodwill store on the right and a restaurant on the left.

Hickory Flat Cemetery


There are approximately 800 recorded interments in Hickory Flat Cemetery. This is an old cemetery that has had no new interments since 2002. There were six interments during 2001 and 2002. All were sharing a headstone with a spouse who had predeceased them. It is basically an inactive cemetery.


The condition of the cemetery is marginal. The grass has been cut but generally it feels abandoned. There are broken and uprooted tombstones piled under a tree on the south side (on the right rear as you enter the cemetery). It can be seen from the aerial view that the south side is the older section with broad open stretches. There are fallen tombstones laying where they fell, some of the inground stones are partially covered by fire ant nests (active) and grass.


4/6/2020: It seems that some of the broken and fallen headstones are receiving attention. There are signs of visitors with new flowers and cleaning of headstones. There are wild flowers and blooming trees that make the grounds pleasant.


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