Thursday, May 9, 2013

Cemetery Log Date: May 9, 2013

Ellen Henry in Ponce Inlet first introduced me to Pacetti Cemetery, a small family cemetery on top of an ancient dune, while scouting for CRPT site.  There are less than a dozen marked burials, all belonging to the Pacetti family, with uniform concrete slabs and flat laid marble headstones.  While they didn't all die in the same era, it's clear they were all replaced to look uniform at some time, possibly in the mid twentieth cemetery.  We held a CRPT workshop here back in November of 2011 with the assistance of Richard Estabrook who conducted a GPR demonstration.  According to Rich, while the burials appear to be laid in order at the top of the dune, the remains may be off set and clustered just off the side of the slope. 

Who: Owned by Town of Ponce Inlet
What: Small gated cemetery with 10 uniform ledger markers
Where: Sailfish Drive, Ponce Inlet, Florida Link to Place Keeper map
When:  Gate is locked, contact Ponce Inlet town hall for access
  •  Local Historic Landmark containing burials of those significant to Ponce Inlet history
  •  First internment, town founder Bartolo Pacetti 1813-1898 (though some sources site his birth year as 1822)
  • Early Minorcans immigrants from the Turnbull Settlement 
  • Conflicting reports if lighthouse keeper family members are buried here or at the lighthouse

Ponce Inlet founder Bartola Pacetti who married into the Pons family.

CRPT participants drive the GPR.

Rare working shot of yours truly.

Not so rare shot of Amber putting in the elbow grease.

For more:
Find a Grave: Pacetti Cemetery
Bike and Walking tour of Ponce Inlet, including Pacetti Cemetery
Volusia History: Ponce Inlet

Text & images: Sarah Miller, FPAN staff.

For previous posts search: Cemetery a Day in May or #CaDiM
Intro, May 1: National, May 2: Oakdale, May 3: Murphy's Creek, May 4: Mt. Olive, May 5: Bosque Bello, May 6: Old City, May 7: Espanola, May 8: Tolomato, May 9: Pacetti

3 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    We discovered the Pacetti graveyard today while on a winter drive, but couldn't make out what the coquina sign marker said. So, thanks to Google, I found your site which describes the area in better detail. It's amazing how different it looks today (1/28/14) compared to your photos from May of 2013. Today, it looked completely overgrown and forgotten. I applaud your restoration efforts.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Pacetti Cemetery is kept locked. My nephew is one of the few decendants left. We cannot get in to keep it up as the key we had no longer works and the locks were changed when Uncle Math was buried there. It was not left inn disarray on purpose. Ponce Inlet was to keep it up.

    April 6, 2016 at 8:36 pm

  3. About the ones buried in the cemetery: I have an uncle who is buried in there but is not a relative to the Pacetti family. I was there in June and wasnt able to get in. Now I know who owns it amd will ask to go in next time we are there.

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