Do you remember the Hoyle Cemetery that was located across the road from the Hoyle Homestead house? It had a stone wall around it and a number of beautiful tombstones.
Unfortunately, the cemetery was destroyed so that housing could be built on the site.
We are grateful that Mr. Earl Withers of Dallas, North Carolina was able to rescue some of the tombstones. Some years later he donated a number of tombstones to the Hoyle Historic Homestead. With the aid of David Hoyle, Jr. of Charlotte, David Hoyle III of Salisbury, and a friend of Mr. Withers, the four moved the tombstones to their present (2013) location at the Homestead.
Plans are being made to repair the tombstones and locate them at the Homestead where another important part of the heritage may be more easily seen. (Does anyone have a record of the persons who were buried in the cemetery? If you do, please let the Hoyle Historic Homestead members have a copy for the records.) Leigh and Melanie Ford now of Charlotte have done and are doing beautiful yeoman work in restoring the historic Smith Cemetery in Belmont which has burials as early as the 1700s. Leigh offered to restore our (HHH) tombstones.
After looking at Smith Cemetery, the HHH Board voted to accept his offer. His plan for getting our (HHH) tombstones back in shape was reviewed and approved by Archives, Raleigh.
As soon as the Hoyle Historic Homestead Board determines where the tombstones will be located, Leigh Ford and some volunteers will start to work.
We trust that by our Open House on September 14, 2013 this project will be completed.
– Wilma Ratchford Craig