Upon escaping the tumult of the region’s interstate highway, the fifteen-mile drive into Westminster offers visual refreshment vitalized by sweeping panoramas of grass and groves of trees untarnished by industrialism. A ride through the main street reinforces an impression of distinctive singularity, where businesses are solo operations unchallenged by competitive forces. There is one funeral home in town and one doctor, Billy Campbell, who with his wife, Kimberley, happens to have been the prime mover and co-founder of the burial grounds. He had grown up in the Westminster environs and returned to serve as a physician after completing his training at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Animals such as deer, wild turkey, dogs, coyotes, and an occasional black bear share tenancy. Here, where the dead nourish and sustain the living, this place is undoubtedly an environmentalist's paradise… perhaps a version of heaven. However, one need not be dead to occupy its spaces. Hiking, bird watching, and special events – even weddings – are encouraged.
The notoriety that has come from the efforts of Billy and Kimberley Campbell has been a boon for the birds and bees and flowers and trees, both near and far. These environmentalists realized the value of reviving an outmoded practice in conjunction with a strategy to capitalize on it as a conservation measure. In recognizing and actualizing opportunities of death, they nurture life. Because of them, an idea has been hatched and a variation in contemporary death management has taken root in ever-expanding locations around the country and the world. In concert with Mother Nature, they have developed a lasting legacy... treasures of ecological significance that will be appreciated through the ages.