Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport has an eerie element to it. Buried beneath runway 10 lies a husband and wife.

The couple, Richard and Catherine Dotson, died in the late 1800s. The State reports they were farmers in Cherokee Hills on what is now the outskirts of Savannah.

When they passed, they were buried in the family cemetery which contained almost 100 graves, including the graves of many slaves.

Typically, when an airport needs to expand over cemeteries, the graves are moved. But, in the case of Savannah/Hilton Head International, the Dotson family insisted the husband and wife, who were married for 50 years, stay right where they were.

Fortunately, their graves are not in the middle of the runway, but are on the edge.

Family members can be escorted to visit them although they cannot bring flowers.

However, this little bomb was dropped by the airport director when he told The Savannah Morning News,

“People shouldn’t be creeped out about this, though.

When the runway was extended, it was found that really only the markers were left of the graves.”

At any rate, like Mr. and Mrs. Dotson’s markers say, they’re eternally “at rest.” And, since their final destination ended up as Savannah/Hilton Head International, it makes the airport the only one in the world with two graves embedded in a 9,350-foot active runway. They also see lost of visitors, even if the people visiting don’t know about them.
Rest in peace,  Mr. & Mrs Dotson.
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