Land Conservancies Uncovering NC History, Literally

The Mainspring Conservation Trust is working with private land owners and members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee to preserve land where many tribe members are buried. (Mainspring Conservation Trust)

North Carolina has hundreds of historic graveyards – many of them on private property. Buried in them are puzzle pieces of history the state’s land conservancies are working to preserve.

One example is the Welch Cemetery in Cherokee County, where the Mainspring Conservation Trust is working to clear the land for a proper evaluation of the graves on the site, some dating back to the 19th century.

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