Payne Gap Cemetery

2023/2024 Lighting of Souls

The Payne Gap Cemetery Association announces a third year of its “Lighting of Souls” event. For the 2023/2024 holiday season, the Payne Gap Cemetery offers the community an opportunity to place a flickering LED tribute candle on a monument in remembrance and celebration of a loved one at rest at the cemetery …

A New Beginning

For years, the community has accepted that the Payne Gap Cemetery officially started in 1905 based on a deed from W.F. Hearne to trustees of the Payne Gap School District that transferred four acres to expand the school’s campus. However …

The Plan from Above

After a considerable amount of analysis, we have worked out a preliminary plan for the Payne Gap Schoolhouse and Cemetery campus that includes three additional structures beyond the schoolhouse. Actually there’s four if you count the garden area. Folk visiting the schoolhouse will use bathroom facilities available in the studio/garage. The studio/garage calls for parking for two cars, large indoor and outdoor work spaces, and possibly accommodations for a visitor (maybe the artist-in-residence). We have

Those at Rest

The most thorough resource for finding out who is buried at the Payne Gap Cemetery is Find-a-Grave, and we enjoy contributing information to to the site. For those new to the history of the cemetery, the first interred there is Laura E. Carswell, who died in 1889. In fact, her monument states, “the first burried [sic] at the Gap.” Laura was married to John Jacob Carswell, according to Find-a-Grave. Patsy Blasdell, a living relative, recounts,

Peace (and quiet).

Payne Gap offers an abundance of peace (and quiet). It’s the kind of peace and quiet that allows you to hear your heartbeat and maybe the pulse of something much larger. It’s also the kind of peace and quiet that is associated with a place of eternal rest, the Payne Gap Cemetery.