Red House Presbyterian Church Cemetery

Red House, founded in the mid-1700s is one of the oldest Presbyterian congregations in the state, although the current structure is its fourth physical incarnation. Reportedly British soldiers camping on the property during the Revolutionary War burned the original building and desecrated the grave of the church’s first minister Hugh McAden. Fire consumed the second structure in the early 1800s, and the third was eventually replaced.

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On a sunny March 2014 afternoon I visited Red House Presbyterian Church in Semora, North Carolina during the melting of a recent snowfall.

There were a number of pleasant surprises in the graveyard behind the church in terms of epitaphs and structures.

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Lines from a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem on the back of Betty Rainey’s obelisk

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“1800 Leviney Darby Was Born September the 13th And Dec.S. August Last Day 1806”
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unmarked field stone marker

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The scroll above the figure reads, “This Precious Grave”
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Detail on John P. Rainey’s obelisk

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The Rogers mausoleum was designed by local undertaker George Brooks.
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George Brooks and his wife are entombed in a similar design fashioned from matching white rubble quartz. 

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