•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).
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 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.
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.
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