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Quaker Meadows Cemetery


Included on the National Register of Historic Places, the cemetery is located at 124 Branstrom Drive, Morganton, NC in a small, quiet neighborhood overlooking the Catawba River.


As the cemetery is extremely fragile, the gates are kept locked. To arrange a tour, call our office at (828) 437-4104. Please allow a minimum of two weeks notice as a docent must be scheduled to unlock the gates and accompany all visitors. A spare, rough trail on uneven ground follows the outside of the cemetery.


Quaker Meadows Cemetery contains gravestones dating from 1767 to 1884. It is located on a portion of the land settled by Joseph McDowell the Pioneer (1715 – 1771) for more than a hundred years part of Quaker Meadows and is the resting place of members of prominent Burke County families. Ten Patriots of the American Revolution are buried here. 


General Charles McDowell

Major Joseph McDowell

Margaret O'Neal McDowell*

Grace Greenlee McDowell*

Colonel Alexander Erwin

Sarah Robinson Erwin*

Captain James Murphy

Samuel Tate, Senior

James Greenlee

John Greenlee


The cemetery was restored in 1981 by the Quaker Meadows Cemetery Corporation and was deeded to Historic Burke Foundation in 1992.


*Women of Courage

pdf document on the Patriot women of Quaker Meadows Cemetery




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