The three-mile forested Summit Loop Trail in Hollister, North Carolina, leads to a little-known cemetery in Medoc Mountain State Park. With very little information to go on, the Vinson Family Cemetery, in this 3,893-acre space in Halifax County, is kind of a surprise when you pass the fenced-in memorial gravestones. The research shows two recorded lists of those buried there. One lists the following people: Albert Livington Vinson,1856-1910; Alice Vinson, 1861-1866; Charles Robert Vinson, 1898-1900; Martha Smith Vinson, 1829-1913; Robert J. “Barry” Vinson, 1825-1872; Thomas L. Vinson, 1853-1923; and Turner Vinson, 1859-1891. The other burial record adds Littleberry O. Willcox, 1840-1892.

Another discovery is the family furnished the memorial stones in recent years, which is why they look so new compared to the dates on them. And the park’s maintenance staff placed all of the stones down at the same time. It is thought the cemetery must have been a family farm, which is why the family members are interred at the site. On your way, enjoy the Summit Loop Trail to this little-known cemetery in North Carolina. Once you have, be sure to return to the park to take in some of the other trails and camping areas.

Perhaps one day we will learn more about the Vinson family and why they are buried there. Hopefully some of you will discover some facts about them too. Until then, enjoy more trails at Medoc Mountain State Park. 

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