Location: Brunswick, Glynn, Georgia, United States
See the Category: Oak Grove Cemetery, Brunswick, Georgia for people buried in this cemetery.
Cemetery name: Oak Grove Cemetery Address: 1500 Mansfield St., Brunswick, Glynn County,Georgia 31521 GPS Coordinates: GPS Coordinates:
In 1838 the City of Brunswick, Georgia, set aside ten acres for the Oak Grove Cemetery. Thirty-three years later, in 1872, the area was reduced to three acres. Today there are mote than 1200 graves. About 200 of those graves hold Civil War soldiers from both the Confederate and Union armies. Over 400 graves are unmarked and 60 or more are unknown.
Notable Burials and Sites
- Col. Charles Lynn Schlatter (1808-1886): Railroad tycoon; Schlatterville, Georgia, named for him
- Douglas Gilbert Riley (1838-1882): Founder of a school for Emancipated slaves
- Charles Day (1801-1885): father-in-law of the famous Georgia poet Sidney Lanier
- Eula Brown Dunwoody (1867-1890): She was married to a prominent lawyer who placed a beautiful marble statue in her honor.
- James Alexander Clubb Jr. (1827-1889): a lighthouse keeper and pilot of a ship the brought slaves into the US after it became illegal. He testified against the ship owners in a famous trial.
- Urbanus Dart (1800-1883): one of the founders of Brunswick; friend of George Washington, Georgia State Legislator
- George C. Dent (1821-1884): built the nearby Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, now a National Historical Site open to the public for tours
- May Templeton (?-1871): daughter of John Templeton of the touring Opera Company the often performed at the Grand Ooera House in Brunswick. She died in childhood in Brunswick where her father’s troupe were performing. Her sister, Fay Templeton, later became a well-known actress.
- Bryan Wechsler (1885-1886): died in infancy; his tombstone has a ‘sleeping angel’.
- Treestones: there are several ‘tree’ headstones in the cemetery. The Woodmen of the World organization placed these all over vowing “no man shall rest in an unmarked grave”.
- Phineas M. Nightingale (1820-1894): his grandmother persuaded Eli Whitney to come to her plantation in Savannah, leading to the creation of the cotton gin.
- Sir Rosendo Torras (@851-1929): knighted by the Swedish King Gustav, he was commander of a sailing ship to Brunswick shortly before 1900. His son Fernando was the engineer who built the ‘impossible’ F.A. Torras Causeway to St. Simons Island.
- Maria Campbell Blain (1845-1936): a seamstress who made the first ‘local’ Confederate flag, ‘The Stars and Bars”, which the Brunswick riflemen fought under.
- Oak Grove Chapel: built shortly before 1900, it has a space in the center for a casket and preacher. Family and friends sat on benches surrounding the room.
Oak Grove Cemetery Society
In 2014 the all-volunteer Oak Grove Cemetery Society (OGCS) was formed for the “preservation, protection, and promotion” of the cemetery. Membership is open to anyone interested in the preservation of this Victorian cemetery. For membership forms, or more information, email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information and bookings for guided tours is also available through email.
Tax-deductable contributions should be mailed to:
- Oak Grove Cemetery Society
- P.O. Box 3029
- Brunswick, GA 31531