The Texas Historical Commission recently designated the Columbia Cemetery as a Historic Texas Cemetery, an important step in ensuring its preservation.
This designation is reserved for cemeteries that are at least 50 years old and documented through the Historic Texas Cemeteries process to record their historic association and significance.
A presentation was made on October 27 to Columbia Cemetery Association board of trustees’ president, Jo Frances Chastain by Alice Royalty.
“This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of these important cultural resources,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the THC. “Knowledge and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of a historic cemetery.”
The Old Columbia Cemetery was part of the plantation of Josiah H.
Bell, founder of both East and West Columbia. He died May 17, 1838 and was buried there, but the first burial was an infant, Clinton Terry Duff, born August 5, 1833 and died December 28, 1833.
There are veterans of every war from the Texas Revolution through the Gulf War buried at the cemetery.
The cemetery was enlarged several times throughout the years, with the most recent acquisition being a 2 acre tract purchased from the Columbia-Brazoria ISD in 2010 which is still undeveloped.
For more information about spaces available in this historic cemetery, call 979-798-7670.