Signs Leading to Bits of History

On a recent foray along the country roads that make up our Blackland Prairie in Texas, a small green sign pointed to “Macedonia Cemetery.”   The first time I saw it, time was at a premium, but eventually, I made my way there.   There were no more signs after that, but in the distance, I saw what appeared to be a cemetery.   And it was.   Macedonia Cemetery is about 2-3 miles southwest of Granger, Texas, nestled under a collection of shade trees.  Some history, courtesy of an historical marker.   According to local tradition, a congregation known as the O’Possum Creek Church built an all-faiths sanctuary around 1858.  The area was called Macedonia.  The community continued to grow, with English and German immigrants settled on this rich farmland. In the 1870s, Macedonia became a thriving community, with Macedonia Baptist Church, a Masonic lodge, a gin, granary and general store.  A parcel of land which includes this cemetery was donated by the S.A. Spiars family.  Macedonia residents and businesses began to disperse after Granger was established on the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad line in the 1880s.  The last remaining evidence of Macedonia is this cemetery.  For years, it remained abandoned, but in 1971, descendants of the original settlers formed a cemetery association to restore it.  Burials continue here to this day.

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