Local DAR donates speciality map to Old Clarkesville Cemetery

Shown, top row, from left, are Historic Clarkesville Cemetery Preservation, Inc. board members Anne Short, Polly Earle, Kathy Walker; front row, from left HCCP, Inc. Chair Barrie Aycock, HCCP, Inc. member E. Lane Gresham and Tomochichi Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Regent Cindy Grace.

Maps guide us to specific locations. In the case of a recent map project at the Old Clarkesville Cemetery, a watercolor representation of the local historic landmark will guide visitors to stories of Habersham’s earliest residents. The Tomochichi Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution made possible the original art, created by Maggie Zerkus of Brunswick. 
The map will be featured in a new marketing brochure and likely serve as a fundraiser in the form of prints or other merchandise offered for sale. 
Serving as a liaison between the artist and local DAR Regent Cindy Grace, Historic Clarkesville Cemetery Preservation, Inc. board member E. Lane Gresham provided images, information and historical background information to Zerkus throughout the creative process. 
“It was an honor for our chapter to assist in this way. The Old Clarkesville Cemetery is a local treasure and its restoration touches on several areas of interest for Daughters,” Grace said. “We are all passionate about historical preservation and honoring the patriots of our past. This cemetery is the final resting place of Revolutionary War soldier John D. McCroskey. It is also home to the ordinary citizens whose stories weave the tapestry of the history of this quaint mountain town. Safeguarding these stories and these memorials is vitally important.”
Gresham expressed gratitude for the funding of the special project. 
“We are delighted with the finished product; we are truly grateful to the DAR for the idea and for sponsoring the cost of the original work,” Gresham said. “Maggie truly captured the spirit of this special place in this piece.” 

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