Vernon Hall Cemetery - Kingston, Lenoir County, North Carolina
Date: July 9, 2000
Cemetery Name: Vernon Hall Cemetery
Street: Heritage Street
State: North Carolina
Land Type: Private
Graves within: unknown at least 20
Oldest grave: early 1750s
Owner: Unknown at this time
Cemetery about to be destroyed
This is the final resting place of family members for the first Governor of North Carolina Richard Caswell as well as from the family of Pres. George Washington's brother. It is now covered over in weeds, trees, bamboo and even pavement. The brick wall surrounding the elder Caswell's is all but broken and crumbled, tombstones falling over or missing. The present Governor of NC has been updated on this situation as have other government officials, but no one has responded. They have allowed a parking lot to be placed over the front portion of the cemetery and the rest to go to nature. Appalling is the best I can say about it.
Now that we have made the public aware of this cemetery I am afraid of vandalism as this cemetery could also be the final resting place for the Governor himself.
Governor Hunt, every state politician for North Carolina and even the White House. Several newspapers.
We are trying to find the legal owners of the property to see what can be done about returning it to the rightful owners, the descendants of Governor Richard Caswell, as he left the cemetery to his heirs and family forever.
Submitted by / Contact for additional Information:
name: Susan M Burgess-Hoffman