As the name implies, Old Settler's Cemetery was created as a burial place for the some of the early settlers of Charlotte, with interments beginning before the city's establishment in 1768. The cemetery was laid out next to the town's early nondenominational church, now the site of First Presbyterian Church. Old Settler's Cemetery received interments for more than 100 years until the creation of its successor, Historic Elmwood Cemetery. The cemetery now serves as a green space nestled between churches and skyscrapers, and a continuous reminder of our city's history.
Many of Charlotte's early and prominent families are buried in Old Settler's, including:
The Polk family, including Colonel Thomas Polk, great-uncle of President James K. Polk and a signer of the disputed Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence
The Graham family, including Major General George Graham, veteran of the Battle of McIntyre Farm (1780)
The Davidson family
The Caldwell family
The Wilkinson family
The Irwin family
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Old Settler's Cemetery is inactive and does not accept new interments.
200 West Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
704.336.2123Cemeteries Administration4426 Central AvenueCharlotte, NC 28205