The White Cottage Cemetery, established in 1877, is South Point’s oldest public cemetery. It was built on land that was previously owned by the U.S. Congress and approved for settlement before Ohio’s statehood. Graves there are as old as 1861 and as new as 1975. Because some graves are unmarked and the cemetery’s original records have been lost or destroyed, it is unknown how many people are buried there.
In 1877, officials from Lawrence County and Fayette Township
established the White Cottage Cemetery, the first public cemetery in South
Point (as opposed to family burial sites or church graveyards). The cemetery
was divided into 26 rows with 61 graves in each row. It was likely named after
the one-room White Cottage Schoolhouse that was located across the street until
it was abandoned in the 1930s.
The cemetery may be small, but it does include some notable
graves. Some people were buried there before the cemetery was officially
established, such as Alice Snyder and her parent M.R. Snyder (both died in
December 1870) and Oregon D. Chatfield (d. 1861). Some of the graves are marked
only by stones with no writing. There are also soldiers from each war between
the Civil War and World War I buried in the cemetery.
In the 1940s, local resident and farmer Charles H. Brubaker
called for the cleaning-up of the cemetery. His failing health prevented him
from doing it himself, but John R. Lane, Jr. volunteered and took care of the
White Cottage Cemetery for over thirty years.