St. Johns County Cemetery Survey, Florida

Environmental Services, Inc. (ESI) was contracted with St. Johns County to perform a survey and evaluation of forty-five historical cemeteries throughout the county.  A preliminary cemetery survey was prepared by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Department in 1998 at the request of a state Task Force on Abandoned and Neglected Cemeteries.  In 2002, it was determined by the St. Johns County Historic Resource Review Board (HRRB) that this report could be used as a foundation for evaluations of each cemetery by a professional cemetery historian, and that a request for grant funding would be made to the Division of Historical Resources (DHR) of the Florida Department of State.

While many cemeteries and other historic burial sites have certainly been lost over time, both within the City of St. Augustine and outside of it, forty-four cemetery locations have been investigated for the purpose of this study, along with two prehistoric burial mounds, which are not technically considered cemteries.  All of these cemeteries and mounds were originally listed by the St. Johns County Sheriff's Department in an earlier project.  The scope of this study has included perusal of a variety of historical records, both locally and regionally, as well as visits to each location.  Upon visiting the cemeteries, staff photographed each one, both in color and in black and white, mapped the boundaries using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, and prepared field notes describing burial date ranges, conditions of the graves and the markers, and other pertinent data.  In addition, interviews were conducted with cemetery managers and other interested parties who came forward to assist in the effort.

San Lorenzo Catholic Cemetery
Grave Marker at Evergreen Cemetery

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