Gaffney, South Carolina: Graveyard in the I-85 Median (Closed)

There's not much eternal rest going on here.

Directions:
In the median of I-85 just north of Exit 95 -- exactly 3.8 miles NE up interstate from the water tower.
Status:
Closed

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Graveyard in the I-85 Median

I can confirm that, as of October 2020, the over-200-year-old Lipscomb-Sarratt Cemetery is still, and will remain, in the I-85 median. Despite the widening of I-85, a friend from the SCDOT confirmed that their orders are to leave the cemetery alone. The hill and small grove of trees where the graves are have been marked off from the rest of the construction site.

[Leah B., 10/30/2020]
Graveyard in the I-85 Median

That part of I-85 is under construction in between the NB and SB lanes so I'm guessing the graves have been moved. There are barricades.

[Elaine, 10/30/2019]
Graveyard in the I-85 Median

Visited 7/22/18. Construction barrels both north and southbound make access impossible right now.

[Larissa, 07/27/2018]

Cemetery in the I-85 Median.

Graveyard in the I-85 Median

It's not really that hard to actually get to the cemetery -- just stay in the left lane of the direction you're traveling in on I-85 (North or South) and as you approach, check your rear view mirror and pull off the side of the road as far as you can. You can park nearly adjacent to the cemetery on either side of the highway. You can easily turn around if you miss it by using a nearby exit off the interstate.

The cemetery sits up on a bit of a knoll so that's something you can keep your eyes out for. It would be best to visit during winter months as the grass and weeds are pretty high during the summer. I am not sure of the legal issues (trespassing, etc) but it's unlikely anyone is going to come chase you down being that it's not easily accessible.

Just be respectful and appreciate the history and uniqueness of this cemetery where the departed are likely NOT getting any rest or peace!

[Jeff, 03/19/2010]
I-85 Median Graveyard

The families of this grave yard still live in this area. I have lived in this area for about 6 years an do not have the guts to cross the interstate. This a rural part of the highway and people really fly down the road. There is not much more you can see, that you can't see from the right side of the road. Please respect the families of these departed souls.

[Mark, 06/28/2009]

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