Old Bethel Cemetery recognized with historical marker

Old Bethel marker

Crestview Historic Preservation Board members admire the board's second historical marker as it is unveiled Wednesday at Old Bethel Cemetery. From left are Linda Parker, Clyde Hayes, Joe Faulk, Pat Hollarn, James Conyers and board chairwoman Ann Spann.

BRIAN HUGHES/News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 05:07 PM.

CRESTVIEW — A small gathering Wednesday evening recognized the significance of one of north Okaloosa County's most historic cemeteries.

The Crestview Historic Preservation Board selected Old Bethel Cemetery as the location for the panel's second historical landmark marker. The first is in front of Conyers Masonic Lodge.

Board chairwoman Ann Spann called the cemetery "one of the most historic sites in Okaloosa County" before unveiling the green and white cast metal marker.

The marker also recognized the significance of Old Bethel Church, a log structure that stood on the cemetery grounds into the early 1960s.

Spann praised Old Bethel Cemetery Commission members who worked closely with Historic Preservation Board members to place the marker.

"We appreciate it," commission secretary Betty Miller said. "I have parents, grandparents and great-grandparents (buried) out here."

The marker also recognizes the role that Austinville, located on a stagecoach route between Milton and Geneva, Ala., played in Crestview's development.  

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