Cook's Old Field Cemetery

Also known as: Hamlin Cemetery
0.5 mi. N of Rifle Range Rd., Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina


Cook's Old Field Cemetery, Overview

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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Cook’s Old Field Cemetery, also know as the Hamlin cemetery, contains graves dating from 1805 to 1916, with the majority of them dating from the 1840s and 1850s. It is significant as an excellent example of a mid-nineteenth century plantation cemetery associated with the Hamlin, Hibben, and Leland families, and as an excellent example of mid-nineteenth century gravestone art as executed by several significant Charleston stonecarvers. It is also the last extant resource associated with the Hamlin, Hibben, and Leland families, as none of their plantation houses survive in the Mount Pleasant vicinity. The cemetery consists of thirty-eight marked graves, including headstones, box tombs and one obelisk. Two stone markers remembering the descendants who began the reunion committee in 1949 are just inside the entrance gate. The stones, arranged by family units within the cemetery boundaries, show some evidence of wear from the elements and from occasional vandalism but retain their integrity. Two brick columns which once held an iron gate mark the entrance. Listed in the National Register May 9, 2003. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 9, 2003
Reference number
Areas of significance
Art; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Periods of significance
1800-1824; 1825-1849; 1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924

Update Log 

  • August 18, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • July 14, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description"