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Magnolia Cemetery, Darlington County (Cedar St., Hartsville)
Magnolia Cemetery is significant as an expression of community planning and development in early twentieth century Hartsville, following a twenty year period from 1890 to 1910 which was the most dramatic period of growth and development in Hartsville’s history. The town’s population doubled in the period 1890 to 1900, then tripled in the period 1900-1910. That expansion convinced the Hartsville Town Council to take steps to upgrade or replace many existing public services. The Hartsville Board of Health, which had already expressed concerns over crowded church and family cemeteries in Hartsville, persuaded the council to recommend the establishment of a city cemetery “away from the settled portion of town.” Landscaping for the new cemetery was underway by March 1917. Magnolia Cemetery is a twenty-three acre cemetery characterized by narrow and gently curving streets and by landscaping which includes an avenue of cedars lining the entrance drive and magnolias lining the streets which form the historic core of the cemetery. The historic portion, approximately 14.5 acres, includes approximately 2,000 graves dating from ca. 1920 to the mid-twentieth century. Listed in the National Register September 8, 1994.
View the complete text of the nomination form for this National Register property. In addition, the Historic Resources of Hartsville, ca. 1817-ca. 1941 includes historical background information for this and other related National Register properties.
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