Coon Hill Cemetery

Florida

May 24, 2008

We did not investigate this graveyard, We were in town for an investigation of  a pivate residence and heard about this place. Were all big history buffs and couldnt wait to see it. Heres some history of it:

 

Coon Hill is the oldest cemetery in northern Santa Rosa County. It originated around 1820, 

about the time of the first settlers. The close-in quarters of the Coon Hill community was 

located about 1/4 mile away, near a big spring and fresh water. It had a general merchandise 

store, stable, blacksmith shop, Pony Express Station, U.S. Post Office and a Church that 

alternated between Methodist and Baptist. 

The concrete wall was poured about 100 years ago. The sand and gravel used in construction 

of the wall was hauled from Diamond Creek, approximately ¾ of a mile, using slip scoops 

pulled by mules. 

Prominent people buried at Coon Hill include: 2 Senators, 2 Circuit riding Preachers, 15 

Civil War Veterans, 2 Tax Assessors, 3 Postmasters, and many other prominent people. 

Ancestral names of Byrnes, Campbell, Davis, Diamond, Enfinger, Ezell, Hart, Howell, Lee, 

Magaha, Mayo, McCaskill, McDavid, McKinnon, McMillan, Miner, Pearson, Penton, 

Pyburn, Reynolds, Rutherford, Salter, Savell, Severson, Slade, Williams, and others are 

buried here. 

We have had three major desecrations over the last 12 years that were devastating. About 

150 headstones and slabs have been badly broken. . The big unbreakable ones have been 

pushed over, sometimes breaking the slab as they fell. The landmark statue of Mary, "'The 

Mother of Jesus" was broken beyond repair and has been replaced. We also have installed 

three wrought iron gates in the concrete wall openings with the name “COON HILL" 

above the Entrance gate. About 100 headstones and slabs and 73 new markers have been 

replaced or repaired.

Info from http://www.jayhistoricalsociety.org/pioneerstories/coon_hill_cemetery.pdf