Save Wild Cow Prairie Cemetery

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Save Wild Cow Prairie Cemetery

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Tucked into a little corner, right by the 309 exit of I-75 and C.R 673 sits the historic Wild Cow Prairie Cemetery. This peaceful small space is the final resting place for long forgotten, early settlers of Sumter County Florida. It has been incorrectly identified as a family cemetery with only about 13 graves. In reality, it was the cemetery for the boomtown Pemberton Ferry, that was once nearby.  

The cemetery dates back to 1852, possibly earlier. Wild Cow Prairie Cemetery actually predates Sumter County by at least a year! It was said to have once been a full acre of land, though the county now only identifies 1/16 of an acre as cemetery property. The first known burial was Britton Branch who died May 24, 1852 from a lightning strike. His grave in the cemetery is unmarked. In fact, many of the 33 known burials are unmarked. Many graves could be outside of the recognized cemetery property, on privately owned land that is for sale. Ground Penetrating Radar is needed to properly preserve this site. 

As Sumter County continues to grow and more development of rural areas are being approved, there is a real danger that this historic cemetery could be relocated to make way for future businesses at the 309 exit of I-75. Whatever the future holds for that area of Sumter County, we MUST preserve and protect this cemetery. It is the LAST geographical location indicator for an entire town. Nothing else remains today of Pemberton Ferry.  The pioneers who settled this area of Florida need to remain where they were originally buried. Save Wild Cow Prairie Cemetery, sign and let the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners know that we all want to preserve this pioneer cemetery and save their graves!  

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