Developer Mistakenly Grades, or Levels, a Century-Old Wake Forest, North Carolina, Cemetery

A Facebook video claiming a family cemetery that dates back more than a century in Wake Forest had been bulldozed triggered hundreds of angry comments, but officials are saying it is all a misunderstanding. Mungo Homes is building a new neighborhood in the area, but the developer says no graves were bulldozed. However, the site had been graded, or leveled, by mistake.

The North Carolina Office of State Archeology came out and determined that 2 to 4 inches of dirt had been scraped off, but the graves themselves were not disturbed. However, scraping the dirt off was itself a violation of state cemetery preservation laws.

Mungo Homes now faces a $24,000 fine from the town.

You can read more in an article, with a video, in the web site at:


All in the name of “Progress”. Too little, too late for developer who was caught with “his pants down”.


If the cemetery was graded and leveled, what happened to any tombstones, or marking devices to determine who is buried where?


That is so much hogwash.

The developer attempted to get away with murder, as such, just ignoring all the cemetery protections to build more homes on the site.

So many cemeteries go unprotected these days.

so very sad.

Not a link to FB on that post by the way.

Patricia cw


    That developer got fined steeply. Not a hogwash.

    most states have laws protecting cemeteries. Not every state keep registry of cemeteries. In case of Oregon, every cemetery before 1909 (just about every cemetery and burial site) is protected by very strict laws. The strength of laws depends on each state.


How can you claim it was essentially an “honest mistake” after removing the fence in order to accomplish the crime?


I’m no fan of home builders but it appears, after watching this video that the on-site manager didn’t follow directions from higher management. There were no tombstones, only small rocks, marking the graves and allegedly only 2″ – 4″ of soil was removed to “make it look better.” I doubt very much that the developer, after paying a $24,000 fine and being forced to use ground penetrating radar to locate the graves, will make this particular mistake again. I wouldn’t be surprised if one or more people will find that they are no longer employed by the developer.


This is a case of….don’t ask for permission just ask for forgiveness. This is wrong on so many levels and could have been prevented on so many levels that it screams blatant disregard, period.


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