There’s nothing “Johnny come lately” about east Volusia County. Folks have been moving here, living here and dying here for hundreds of years.
The Halifax area has some wonderfully worn Spanish moss-draped cemeteries as a result. If you’ve ever felt disconnected from your community, a Sunday stroll through one of these deep-rooted resting places might prove helpful.
“Historic Daytona Beach,” published by the Junior League of Daytona Beach in 1986, provides us with the following:
“Pinewood Cemetery, also called Peninsula Cemetery, is one of the oldest burial grounds in the Daytona Beach area. While driving through it, the names of many of Daytona’s earliest settlers, including Burgoyne, Jackson, Day and Maley, can be seen. It is located on property purchased in 1873 by John W. Smith, a settler from Canada. He originally advertised the land as cemetery lots in 1883, but it was not used until 1887 when, ironically, the first person to be buried there was his own 19-year-old daughter.
“In the early 1900s, the cemetery was taken over by Charles Bingham and Jerome Maley who owned a furniture/undertaking establishment. They formed the original Pinewood Cemetery Corporation. It was at this time that the coquina walls and archways were built. In 1917, a lot cost $50. All the lots were sold more than 20 years ago (as of 1986), and today, it is difficult to determine who owns the remaining empty lots.
“The Pinewood Cemetery Corporation had a maintenance fund until the Depression when the Merchant’s Bank failed, and the money was lost. Because it is a private burial ground, both the city and the county refuse to assume the cost of its upkeep. However, in 1979, Albert Kingston, who is buried in Pinewood, left money in trust for the cemetery’s maintenance.”
Do you know more? I’m always interested in your stories!
Day trip: Pinewood Cemetery on Main Street in Daytona Beach across from the Boot Hill Saloon. Say hello to the Burgoynes for me, then go to the Halifax Historical Museum (the former Merchant’s Bank) to learn about this important family.
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