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Rose Hill Cemetery — York, South Carolina


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This historic cemetery in York was established in 1829 and is privately maintained by the families of those buried here. It was built on the site of York’s first church, the Independent Presbyterian Church, which was organized in 1813 but was longer extant by 1864.

Rose Hill Cemetery

Benton Henry of Latta, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Many prominent South Carolinians were laid to rest at Rose Hill, including Asbury Coward, one of the two founders of King Mountain Military Academy and an early member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. Kings Mountain Military Academy closed at the end of the nineteenth century, and the Episcopal Church Home for Children opened in its place in 1909. Today the organization is called York Place and is a support center for at-risk youth and their families.

Rose Hill Cemetery York

Benton Henry of Latta, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Confederate monument pictured below was given by Judge I.D.Witherspoon, himself a Civil War veteran as well as a state senator and a judge. Both he and his father are interred here.

Confederate Monument Rose Hill

Benton Henry of Latta, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Also buried at Rose Hill are eight Union soldiers who remained here during the Occupation of York during Reconstruction. The soldiers are interred in the southeast corner of the cemetery.


Rose Hill Cemetery Info


Address: 229 East Liberty Street, York, SC 29745
GPS Coordinates: 34.9931913,-81.2359066


Rose Hill Cemetery Map





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4 Comments about Rose Hill Cemetery

jim TerryNo Gravatar says:
December 25th, 2016 at 11:59 am

Looking for my 2nd great grandmother’s burial site. She was Martha Jane “Mattie” Fortner, born Stroud. Might be in your records as “Mattie Stroud.” Born ca. 1850, died in 1930. The information I have is that she is buried at “Aiken Rose Hill Cemetery.” I’m not sure if this is your Cemetery in York, SC. Searches I have made with Find A Grave have come up with nothing.

I do not see a listing for people in your cemetery. Have I over looked that somewhere?
Thanks for your help,
Jim Terry

Carl W. Roden says:
February 21st, 2016 at 7:48 pm

Good post.

HaroldFrances Clayton says:
September 26th, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Mr. Jimmy Ashley kept this up until he died – a great man !!!!

Rena D. Strawhorn says:
September 26th, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Very Informative…




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