“Some of these markers are leaning and need to be straightened up and others aren't marked. We’re not sure who’s buried there,” says Wood. “We have a researcher working on that.”
Two weeks ago Wood organized a volunteer group that spent a day painting the iron fence that surrounds the burial ground. Joe Daniell, a seventh-generation descendant of Robert Daniell, who established the graveyard, said now the challenge is to connect the family history and its Cobb County landmarks to the Civil War.
Robert Daniell built the Concord Covered bridge on Concord Road and the Concord Woolen Mill, which manufactured uniforms for the Confederacy. The mill was destroyed by Union troops when they marched through Atlanta on their way to the sea in 1864, and was later rebuilt. Its ruins, along with the restored covered bridge, are part of Heritage Park.
"We're talking to people about including the cemetery and the mill in the 150th anniversary of the Civil War," said Daniell. "It's amazing how many events in that war took place in Cobb County."
Wood said the lure of history, preserving it and connecting the pieces that are scattered and disconnected over time is a challenge in more ways than one.
"It's quite interesting, you can get caught up," she says, showing a guest yet another headstone while telling yet another story. "You have to be careful to stay in the land of the living."