These are photos from Cook’s Hammock in Lafayette County. The area is on Florida State Route 51 (SR 51), south of the county seat of Mayo. Mostly, it’s a small community of homes, but it includes a fire lookout tower and a attractive small cemetery.
The fire lookout tower is FL294, Cook’s Hammock, at latitude/longitude 29.92778, -83.27889.
Cook’s Hammock Cemetery was reportedly established shortly before the Civil War. It’s tucked a couple hundred feet off of SR 51. It’s easy to miss, because it’s mostly hidden by trees on the highway. There’s a house off to the south side and the area between the house and cemetery is a mown lawn. You can pull in there away from the house and park next to the cemetery.
As can be seen from the photos, the cemetery is well-maintained with a fence around it. There are several 19th century grave markers which are in good shape. The oldest, has a date of 1867, only two years after the end of the Civil War. One of the most interesting markers is for Cora McKinney, who lived from 1869 to 1976. She nearly made it to her 107th birthday.
If you happen to be in that area, Mayo is a pleasant town to visit (check out the historic courthouse). Cook’s Hammock Cemetery is great place to stop and explore. To get to Cook’s Hammock, take SR 51 south at the main intersection in Mayo. It’s about 10 miles (16 km).
Below is a link to an ever expanding page of Florida cemeteries.