Hodges Hidden Tomb

Godfrey's market

•A Forgotten Namesake•

After visiting Cokesbury College I decided it would be nice to take a short break in Hodges before heading back home for the evening. As I am sure many of you have done, I refueled at what was once called Godfrey’s Market (Hodges Onestop).

Hodges Cotton Gin

Hodges Cotton Gin

Normally I would go on my way, past the concrete company and continue down highway 178. To me, that little gas station is Hodges. You too may not think it has anything else to offer. Who would imagine that just off the main road is a forgotten pre-civil war cemetery? That the burial place of a man who was once so highly praised is now all but forgotten.

Hodges Downtown

Hodges Downtown

Hodges is not named after just any man. It is named after Brigadier General George Washington Hodges who was the commander of South Carolina’s militia in the civil war. Today he rests in the overgrowth of an abandoned go-kart track and that isn’t the most bizarre part of the story. If you look Hodges up on Wikipedia you will notice something unusual at the end of the town’s short history, “His grave (G.W. Hodges) is northeast of town in a hidden pre-Civil War cemetery.” Even the location of a cemetery that is over 180 years had become hidden or worse, lost.

Hodges family Home

Hodges family Home

After reading that, I began scouring the internet for the location of this hidden cemetery. A letter that was sent to the governor in 2001 concerning the desecration of “The Historic Hodges Cemetery” gave me clues to its location. I also discovered that this pre-Civil War graveyard had been vandalized in 1991 and left in ruin ever since. To this day little has been done to restore this location. It isn’t so much hidden, it is disregarded and abandoned. Lost in a world where everything can be found.

Hodges Hidden Cemetery

Hodges Hidden Cemetery

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9 Comments

  1. My grandfather Guy Baremore Emerson was owner of Emerson’s store between Bank of Hodges(pictured) and town hall. He and my mother Betty Emerson Riddle were quite the historians. I myself know quite a bit about Hodges history and folk lure from them. I grew up playing in the Hodges mansion as my God Mother Janie Conner Hodges lived there in the 1950’s-1970’s. I have been a native for 64 years and live in the Emerson home at 5222 Emerson st. James Emerson Riddle at your service

    • I am hoping to write more about Hodges. I was really shocked to discover that it has such an interesting past. I’ll make sure to email you when I write about the depot and Hodges wilder years. Thanks again!

  2. This is very interesting, I live in Hodges, we build her in 1984, plead let me know of other history.Joyce Horne 4711 Pickens Creek RD.

  3. I believe we spoke on the phone when I was at the fire dept. I apologize , we had so much going on that day and I was distracted. There is a book called greenwood county sketches that has a lot of info about the hodges, cokesbury, and greenwood area. If you have not read the book I have a copy you are welcome to borrow. If you have time someday, we are usually at Godfrey’s in the morning after seven. There is some knowledge of the area here as well.

    • I don’t believe you spoke to me. However I would love to see the sketch book you mentioned. I’ll try to catch up with you at Godfrey’s but I’m not usually out that early!

  4. Thanks for stopping by in what our residents consider a little slice of heaven. As you have learned and partially documented, Hodges has a rich and interesting past. However, we are still a vibrant and close-knit community with many families dating back generations. We have been and continue to work on revitilizing the town so that it is not swept into the past. Streetscape work has been completed, now we are working toward giving a much-needed facelift to the downtown buildings (the awning pictured above the old bank is now gone). I hope as you pass through you will see the work and effort we are pouring into the heart of our community. Look forward to more of your pictures and writings!

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