Cemeteries — a long time fascination for history buffs of all ages.
As you approach the large, sprawling live oak, you begin to notice the grave markers. Some are brick and some are concrete, There is one made of sandstone. The granite and marble ones are mixed in, too. Walking closer you see that there are burial sites for soldiers and veterans dating back to the War of 1812. Besides soldiers, Fayette County early residents were homesteaders, religious leaders, carpenters and craftsmen. The names are mostly German, Moravian and Czech. Fayette County Historic Cemeteries tell a story of the county’s early residents and reflect the ethnicity and population of its Texas history.
Fayette County Historic Cemeteries are diverse in their historic residents as well as the landscape around them. As you walk around you may see some unfenced and trampled by wildlife, some fenced by barbed wire, and some surrounded by beautiful iron fencing. The landscape of the cemeteries may also include historic vegetation, urns and statuary. The Old La Grange City cemetery’s interesting grave markers date back to 1840.
These cemeteries have Historical markers, which were placed before the Historic Texas designation was adopted: Breeding in Willow Springs, Cedar, Colony, Old High Hill Protestant, Hill Family in Carmine, Old La Grange City, Lyons Family in Schulenburg, Plum Grove in Plum, Prairie Valley Lutheran in West Point, Swiss Alp Lutheran in Swiss Alp, Waldeck, and Winchester Public. Many other Fayette County cemeteries have the “Historic Texas Cemetery” markers.
Here is a map of Fayette County cemeteries for you to guide you on your journey. If the cemetery is on land owned by a public entity, contact the appropriate governmental office. And for those on private land, please familiarize yourself with the relevant laws. The letters RIP are commonly found carved on gravestones, bidding the deceased an earthly wish for eternal rest in peace