The Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport has a lot more to see other than Starbucks and a bevy of newsstands. If you look closely, you can see the burial sites of two 19th Century farm owners.
If you’re flying in or leaving Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, you might spot two two grave stones embedded into the tarmac. At first glance, you might think is just a repair on the runway, but it’s actually the resting place of Richard and Catherine Dotson.
Back in the 1800s, the Dotson’s owned a large farm on the outskirts of Savannah where the airport sits today. The couple was buried in their family cemetery, on the same land, along with over 100 other family members, slaves and farm workers.
The couple rested peacefully on this land until the airport began expansion of Runway 10. Descendants of Dotsons gave permission for the airport to move most of the remains to another cemetery but wanted Catherine and Richard to remain buried on the land.
The airport opted to honor their memory by putting these two headstones on the runway. To this day, family is escorted onto the runway to visit.
Once a year, the airport leaves tiny packs of peanuts and a $5 can of soda at the markers.