Civil War graves in Horry County could make historic registry

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Take a short trek through the woods just off Oak Street in Conway and you'll find the McCracken Graveyard, where seven people are buried, including 2 civil war veterans and a baby. The site was named after Peter McCracken, who fought with the Confederacy in Company D, according to historians, and died in 1889.

Tonight, the Horry County Board of Architects will review The McCracken site, along with 12 other graveyards for consideration for putting them on the county historic registry. With all the growth in the county, and talks of major road construction on the horizon, The Cemetery Project was started in 2007. Its mission is to find, maintain and preserve the sites so that future growth won't disturb them.

"Cemeteries are one of those rare very sensitive historic properties they are often overlooked, and when they disappear, their history is lost forever," says Adam Emrick, the senior planner for the County.

The McCracken site was adopted by the Sons of Confederate Veterans and if historians get their way, the sites will be put on the registry following approval by the county council.

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