It's been several years since I fist laid eyes on Ellington Cemetery. It was very much overgrown and appeared abandoned. The first picture below is of the gate to the cemetery. The second picture below was from roughly the center of the cemetery.
One of the reasons I'm heading back this morning is because I received an email who is related to Joseph Guyton, who is buried there in the small fenced-in area in the second picture. He had a brother named Aaron who probably should be buried there as well. Since it was so overgrown, I really didn't spend the time necessary to see if any more headstones existed but may have simply been hidden by vegetation or fallen over. So, I'm going to see if I can find Aaron's final resting place.
Another reason is to get the GPS coordinates for as many headstones as I can find. That didn't dawn on me when I initially took the pictures. Having a picture, and knowing where a loved one is interred is important, but in some of the larger cemeteries, that alone may not be helpful finding the grave site at a later date. The GPS coordinates however, will.
Another reason for going is to enjoy a hobby I've recently started enjoying again, and that's geocaching. If you go to www.geocaching.com, you can get an idea of what it's all about. I've come to find out that it's about as addictive as graving, and like graving, for me anyway, it's as much if not more about the journey. I found out yesterday that there's one geocache in Ellington Cemetery itself, and three or four others in the general area that I hope to find.
I decided to hit the cemetery first, since that's the main reason I went. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it has been completely cleaned up. Gone are all the little pine trees and knee high grass.
Even the access to the cemetery has been cut so it's easy to get to the cemetery from 4116. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any sign of Aaron Guyton's headstone. There is a possibility it is there, has fallen over and gotten covered with soil and pine straw. I didn't really have anything to probe the ground with other than my hands, and after being there awhile, with the cool temperature, it would have been painful scraping away stuff on the ground. I looked around the cemetery for the geocache. I was at the coordinates, but didn't see it anywhere. So, I decided to call it a day there and head back to the house, searching for the other three geocaches along the way.
The other three caches were what you would call micro caches. They had just enough room for a log file rolled up. The first one I found, had gotten water in the cache and the log was pretty much just mush. I added that when I logged the find. The other two were tricky to find (which is part of what I love about this) but I found them and signed the logs in them.
After I found the last geocache, I headed back home. Part of the reason I really like going to Sallis is not just because it's a neat little town, but you pass through three others on the way up Highway 51; Pickens, Goodman, and Durant. What still blows me away is the fact that you'll see some of the most beautiful and incredible homes in those towns. When I was going through Pickens, a mansion off to my right, right off of 51 caught my eye. It's immaculate, and huge. What really impressed me though was a house that appears to be abandoned, but there is no for sale sign.
My wife and I think the room on the far left was probably an addition looking at the siding and the roof. My wife checked on it, and it looks like it may be for sale for around $54,000. Might be a nice fixer upper if you want to live in Pickens and they don't turn it into a nursing home first, which is what a woman I spoke to believes was or is the plan.
Seeing beautiful homes, old train depots (Durant) and things like that always make graving, and now geocaching trips interesting.