Late in April 2015 a photographer friend and I took a road trip to explore Texas Hill Country and West Texas to photograph Texas Wildflowers and abandonments. After finishing up at the Bluebonnet house in Marble Falls, Texas we were heading west towards Kingsland, Texas when we accidently came across a small chapel and cemetery. We took a quick detour to scout out the site to see if it was open to the public and a good location to shoot even though it was misting.
Crownover Chapel and Fairland Cemetery – Location
On FM1855 just north west of Marble Falls in the small town of Fairland, Texas sits the Crownover Chapel and Fairland Cemetery. The Church was build in 1870 and a small wooden school house was added to the back of the building. But the building was removed at some point.
Crownover Chapel and Fairland Cemetery – As of April 2015
What we found was a simple but beautiful little stone chapel and old cemetery blanketed with bluebonnets. For my friend it was another chance to explore and photograph a new site for me it was worth a lot more. But I will safe that explanation for later.
What I found in the Fairland Cemetery
After exploring the chapel I went out and walked the cemetery as always do when exploring an old and unfamiliar cemetery. I found a mixture of old grave sites that dated back to the mid 1800s with a few buried in the 2000s.
But what makes this cemetery different from the other Texas cemeteries that I have explored and documented, is I stumbled on a family plot of my extended family! From what I believe they might be cousins on my great great grandfather Felix Hibler’s (who lived near Burnett,Texas out on a ranch) side of the family. But I really do not know and its just a guess for now. I didn’t even know we had family that lived in that area. At some point, I will reach out to that side of the family.
If you know anything about the Crownover Chapel and Fairland Cemetery, have images, or who to contact about learning more about the chapel and cemetery please contact via email, commenting below, or comment on my VanishingTexas.com article.
NOTE: This article is the shorten version of the original version I posted on VanishingTexas.com on November 9th, 2015. This version has all of the pictures from this shoot. The original version has more of the history of the location. That article will be updated as more information is added. To the learn more about the Crownover Chapel and Fairland Cemetery, make sure to read the full article.
About the Images
The images were shot as another large storm system was coming into the area. The shots were taken by hand and tripod with my Sony Nex-3N and a Sony SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 lens. I then edited the images in Adobe Lightroom. Next, I post processed with Topaz Clarity to add texture, brighten, and bring out the details in the images. Then I removed the dust spots. Finally, I used Topaz DeNoise to remove the noise from the images.