Cow Creek fading on the Ochlocknee

Cow Creek

Cow Creek Cemetery

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 02:35 PM.


Cow Creek Cemetery is on private land and while Florida law requires that close relatives be given access to family graves, this quiet retreat is not open to the public, even though it is still in use as an active burial site.

Don and Pam Ashley, who live nearby, say they first became aware of the graveyard when they purchased the old Bay City Lodge.

It is uncertain how many souls rest in Cow Creek.

A handful of stone markers, some very new, are visible, but Don Ashley said Amelia Rowell, former owner of Bay City, told him the field was once crowded with cypress memorials, all of which have now disintegrated. \

What does remain is a single “Woodmen of the World” memorial in the form of a standing log, a stone marking the grave of a World War I veteran and what appears to be the faded headstone of a Confederate war veteran of the War Between the States amid a handful of low granite markers.

Ashley said Rowell told him a German prisoner of war is buried here, after he died while incarcerated at Camp Gordon Johnston, although no marker for that grave is in evidence.

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