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May 17, 2022 - 9:29:39 AM
11145 posts since 8/22/2006

Recently a parcel of land was purchased by a land developer which turned around and divided it into 4 acre lots. Not unusual in fact I was interested in one of these lots until I found out the selling price after a little walk on the lot. This lot sold and looks like someone is preparing to build. Yesterday wife and I drove by this lot as we do every time we go to eat. I notice a chain link fence while on our return trip home We stopped so I got out and did a quick look and behold inside this chain link fence located on this lot sits a graveyard from the 1860s. Now it gets interesting as who is responsible for this over site.

May 17, 2022 - 9:31:19 AM



1479 posts since 8/9/2019

Who says it's an oversight?

May 17, 2022 - 9:38:48 AM

11145 posts since 8/22/2006

Being an realtor from 1980s selling property with a graveyard on it is not wise or legal unless there are demarcation for the graveyard. While I was inquiring about this lot no mention of a graveyard was ever brought up.

May 17, 2022 - 10:08:34 AM

11145 posts since 8/22/2006

Louisiana regulations:

§939. Discovery of historic cemetery or isolated grave

A. Any person who has reason to believe he has discovered a historic cemetery or an isolated grave shall notify the department through the division within seventy-two hours of the discovery.

B. Any activity that may disturb the historic cemetery or isolated grave shall immediately cease upon discovery. No activity which shall disturb the historic cemetery or isolated grave shall resume until the department has issued a permit governing the disposition of the historic cemetery or isolated grave. In no event shall the department take longer than thirty days to decide on issuance of a permit without the written agreement of all parties.

This lot was being cleared and a build site was laid down. I’m hoping the state looks into this and designate this a historical site being the occupant was one of the founding members of our parish police juror in 1843.

May 17, 2022 - 10:15:55 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


26039 posts since 6/25/2005

Always do your due diligence.

May 17, 2022 - 11:12:21 AM



3120 posts since 11/29/2007

Even if everyone involved agrees to a relocation of the graves someone is going to have to pay to have that done. That would have to have some effect on the profitability of the project.


May 18, 2022 - 7:27:23 AM
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11145 posts since 8/22/2006

Originally posted by BobbyE

Even if everyone involved agrees to a relocation of the graves someone is going to have to pay to have that done. That would have to have some effect on the profitability of the project.


Somebody is not having a good time right now because of this oversight. Why I say this. Apparently our Parish library has records of this gravesite. I called the historical department of our parish library and the young lady quoted me a passage from a book written in 199? Of historical grave yards in our parish. The parish planning commission signed off on the survey of this parcel of land the surveyor hand to have at least walk the property line or maybe not. A lot of as Bill said due diligence was apparently not done. I'm guessing you ask why am I concerned about this it's because I came pretty darn close to investing some of my retirement money into this piece of property but something told me to hold off. Now I know what that something was. I feel for the person that bought this property. 

May 18, 2022 - 2:09:06 PM
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59096 posts since 12/14/2005

"Five Beeeee! Do not buyyy the laaaand! Let us rest there, in peace!!"

-Jacob Marley-


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May 19, 2022 - 7:01:34 AM
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11150 posts since 6/17/2003

I suppose they could build the house and maintain the graves if it was obviously an abandoned cemetery anyway. The new owner could probably collect from the title insurance company if the graves are with documented ownership and they missed it in the title search. Always get title insurance.

...or you could make a horror movie.

May 19, 2022 - 7:23:31 AM

11145 posts since 8/22/2006

Mike Gregory I wouldn’t go that far but close. I have over 36 kb on a thumb drive the historical division of our Parish Library provided for me at $4.00 the cost of the thumb drive. It has info on the little community's we live in rich history. Most of what was in this info I had already research but now I have names to associate with my research. And my Gdaughter. Enjoyed our little visit to the Library so this gives me an idea to keep her up on her history and learning over the summer break.

Edited by - 5B-Ranch on 05/19/2022 07:24:46

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May 19, 2022 - 7:39:15 AM

1055 posts since 3/7/2006

From my assessment days in the State of Tennessee, cemeteries and graveyards are exempt from taxation. Like, what income are the dead going to have. Any unused land in a cemetery, however, is subject to taxation even if reserved for future cemetery (by corporations). Generally, while the State assumes ownership outside church cemeteries, they require a maintenance organization to be registered with the state as caretakers. If it has a nice chain link fence around it, chances are the developer was required to do that, and a local church or religious organization (or living relatives) have agreed to care for that property.

I will say this; we did find a piece of property in an adjoining county where there was an old slave graveyard located on the property. When I notified their assessors, they denied it was there. They did not want to recognize and list it because it would lower the value they had on the property. When the landowners found out they were paying taxes on a cemetery, they got this little issue cleared up pretty quick. I wonder who might have told them their county was cheating them...

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