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Holmes Cemetery
San Marcos
Hays County
Texas  USA

Cemetery notes and/or description:
The Hays County Historical Commission was informed that this cemetery served the African-American population of this area. The land in this area was originally settled by African-Americans and this is the second cemetery found in this area to have served African-Americans (Nichols is the other). Both have been abandoned and are no longer used.

The small cemetery is not fenced. There are cattle roaming on the site. It is located near a creek which has flooded periodically and probably accounts for a lot of the stones having disappeared because of raging floodwaters. Some stones have probably been trampled into the ground and others simply fell over have been covered with topsoil and debris. There is evidence of wooden crosses which probably had names painted on them at one time. They have almost all rotted away. The cemetery is in what could be described as deplorable condition.


To reach the cemetery, take IH 35 South from San Marcos for approximately 5 miles to the intersection of Exit 199 (Posey Road). Take Posey Road (County Rd 235) and go east for 1.3 miles to the junction of County Rd 266. Turn right onto 266 and go .8 mile to the junction of Rd 265. Turn left onto 265 and go 1.9 miles. The cemetery is located off the road on the left, approximately one-quarter mile. It is under a grove of trees, where three pieces of property come together -the Henk Farm, the Guenther Farm, and the Naylor Martin Farm. There is a watershed dam nearby. You cannot see the cemetery without walking down the fence line and looking very carefully.


Source: The Hays County Historical Commission.


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