Volunteers clean up Brooks Cemetery, Draketown

Volunteers, including Georgia Tech student, Brandon Griffin, 18, spent the first weekend in May cleaning up Brooks Cemetery in Draketown, the resting place of Elisha Brooks, a War of 1812 veteran and one of the earliest settlers in the area. The volunteers have cleared out two truckloads of debris to the landfill and a neighbor has burned off another truck load. “We have concentrated on taking out the four-year pine saplings which were growing through the graves, clearing out poison ivy, and any trash,” said Jim Griffin, one of the volunteers. Brooks arrived in the area in 1838, Griffin said. He was the one who discovered copper in the area and thought up the name of Draketown to help bring in the copper industry. Polk County recently had ceremony for his father and Revolutionary War veteran Micajah Brooks, Griffin said. There is still work to do and Griffin is looking for more volunteers to finish the work at the cemetery. Contact him at jim.griffin1255@gmail.com for information.

Volunteers clean up Brooks Cemetery, Draketown