Edgefield, South Carolina: Trapdoor Grave of Doctor DeVore

When Dr. James Adams DeVore died in 1884 he had himself buried beneath an iron hatch in the ground. The opening below the door is filled with debris, but until the 1950s it was open, and beyond it, supposedly, is the doctor, in an arched crypt, sitting in a chair behind glass.

Willowbrook Cemetery

Address:
212 Church St., Edgefield, SC
Directions:
Willowbrook Cemetery. Northwest edge of town. From US Hwy 25/Buncombe St. turn east onto Simkins St. (at the Closetnews consignment shop). Make second left onto Church St. Drive north, past the church, cemetery entrance on the right. The DeVore grave is the one with the big, square, hinged iron hatch flush with the ground.
Phone:
803-637-4010
Admission:
Free
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Trapdoor Grave of Doctor DeVore

We decided to find this trapdoor grave. The grave is located in the back corner of the cemetery close to the adjacent church. There are a lot of interesting graves in the cemetery, including Strom Thurmond's.

[Fran Cohn, 07/19/2016]

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